past and present

Ares Altamirano

Jason (Ares) Altamirano is an original member of the BPC ensemble, having originated the role of Jack Frost in their highly successful premiere of An Evening With The Kreep. He returned in BPC’s second offering Kreepmas as the narrator and 300 year-old Krypt Keeper Albert T. Krumb. Jason was seen at Key City Public Theatre in the acclaimed production of 12th night. Additional Shakespeare-In-The-Park performances with KCPT include The Tempest, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It. A Port Townsend resident, Jason’s local school career included performances in Post Mortem, Bat Boy, The Foreigner, Oliver! The Musical, The Music Man, Peter Pan and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Jason studied acting, playwriting, and monologue work over the past four years in the theatre’s TeenLab and Summer Professional Training Camp programs. In addition, Jason played the main role in an independent, locally written and filmed short film, The Prisoner. He has also worked backstage at KCPT serving as run crew for Scrooge: The Musical.

R O’Donnell

R is an original member of the BPC ensemble having written the book, music, and lyrics and creating the title role for their Halloween smash-hit An Evening With The Kreep. He returned as author and as The Kreep in the holiday musical comedy Kreepmas – a Gothic retelling of the Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol.” In New York City, R O’Donnell wrote the award-winning Off-Broadway musical comedy One & One for which he received 3 ASCAP awards.  On Broadway he wrote Radio City Music Hall’s Manhattan Showboat produced by Disney’s  Robert Yani, with musical direction and arrangements by Tony award-winning conductor Donald Pippin (A Chorus Line, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles) and sets by Tony award-winning designer Boris Aronson (Cabaret, Company, and follies).  In Chicago he co-founded the professional theatre company New Age Vaudeville, the New Variety cabaret, and served as executive producer and host (hence the title) of the variety/comedy TV show R. Rated on Fox, Chicago.  Widely regarded as a brilliant slice of the Chicago comedy scene, R. Rated  featured Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Mick Napier (Annoyance Theater), and Stephnie Weir (MADtv).  Also for Fox, R produced and directed comedy segments for their New Year’s Eve special Twisted featuring Matt Besser (Comedy Central’s Upright Citizens Brigade) as well as writing and directing commercials for McDonald’s, Toyota, Jiffy Lube, and Ameritech starring Besser and stand-up comic Michelle Garb in a stylistic homage to the works of Ernie Kovacs.  For New Age Vaudeville,  R wrote two of their biggest cult-hits An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts – The Neighbors Next Door and The TV Dinner Hour (the later featured improv guru Del Close). Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune hailed both productions as “Among the most polished and clever productions of the season, a pair of devilishly inventive and challenging shows that won over critics and audiences.” As a stand-up comic, R played numerous clubs including Zanies, The Chicago Improv, the Funny Firm, Catch A Rising Star, as well as featuring for celebrated comics Chris Rock, Bill Maher, Brian Regan, Rick Overton and Bill Hicks.  He  has written for such national publications as Entertainment Weekly and Stop Smiling as well as serving as Editor-at-Large for the latter, and for cultural e-zine Static Multimedia. He has a blog entitled The Kreep, which is, according to Robert K. Elder of the Chicago Tribune, “…a Gothic poet and illustrator in the tradition of Edward Gorey.”  In 2008, The Kreep received a Coraline handmade box numbered 46/50 assembled by the stop-motion animation team at Laika films, honoring their favorite bloggers.

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Misha Cassella-blackburn

Misha is a member of the Black pearl cabaret having originated the role of The Ghost of Kreepmas Presents  Matilda Phift as well as performing as half of the Twipple Twins, Twinkle. She has been acting since she was 11 years old. Her début was in the BHMS production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease where she played Sandy Dumbrowski. She went on to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Peter in Peter Rabbit. Misha has also been seen in productions of William Shakespear’s The Tempest, Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge the musical, Phina and Sophie Pipia’s Cowboy Love Song After Watching a Western, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s Urinetown and her latest work was appearing in the Key City Public Theatre’s production of Expectations and F-451. She has also done a number of Improv shows and is a member of the Chairs Improv Troupe. In Misha’s spare time she enjoys racing mountain bikes and riding horses.

Aidan McClave

Aidan McClave is an original memember of the BPC ensemble, having originated the role of cellist Kreepy H. Krumb in their wildly successful Halloween show An Evening With The Kreep. Aidan not only acted and played cello, but served as the show’s musical arranger. Aidan returned in Kreepmas as cellist (and arranger) Kreepy H. Krumb in BPC’s spoof of the Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol.” He currently plays with the Tacoma youth symphony where he is starting his 4th year there. In addition to sitting first chair in his high school orchestra, Aidan has played with the PT community orchestra and the Port Angeles Symphony. Aidan plans on a career in music performance after University and may also go into composing symphony music and alternative music with his cello. This past summer Aidan played with the Kairos Lyceum chamber groups at Central Washington university and played his 3rd year at the Evergreen music festival. Aidan enjoys everything about performing and is happy to add the Black Pearl cabaret to his repertoire. This year he will be working on writing his own musical piece for a quartet, duo, or symphony for his senior project at Port Townsend High school. Aidan also teaches private cello lessons.

Joey Ripley

Joey is a member of the BPC, having originated the role of The Ghost of Been There Done That, Thaddeus Plum in their holiday offering “Kreepmas” as well as performing as half of the Twipple Twins, Dinkle. Ripley has been seen in several PT High School productions including The musical satirical comedy by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Urinetown, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: ABRIDGED, and most recently featured in Brendan Behan’s The Hostage. He was also seen this past summer in the Key City Public Theatre’s Will They Get Produced: F-451. His biggest passion is musical theatre as demonstrated with a stellar performance as Joseph in the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Marla Overman

Marla has acted in “Odyssey of the Mind,” “Stage Door”, and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” dramatized by Brainerd Duffield. She was a member of the Nameless Improv group and is an accomplished musician playing the bass clarinet and baritone sax for the Jazz, Symphonic, and Pep Band 1995-1999 in Chimacum, Washington and in Kalispell, Montana. Marla recently returned to college which she accredits to the influence of the kids at the Boiler Room. In 2009 she married her high-school sweetheart (and fellow cast member!) Thomas Overman.

Thomas Overman

Thomas is a seasoned performer having begun acting in high school with such productions as “Stage Door,” a season of One Act plays including John Blais’ “Emil, You’re Gonna Be a Dog” and “The Lottery,” which is based on the story by Shirley Jackson and dramatized by Brainerd Duffield. He continued acting in college appearing in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s comedic play “Goodnight Desdimona (Good Morning Juliet).” Thomas is also a choral, jazz, and ensemble vocalist (tenor/baritone) and was a member of the All-State Choir in 1999. He is currently a proud member of the Board for the youth-oriented non-for-profit Boiler Room as well as being Husband to “the most beautiful and enchanting woman I’ve had the good fortune to meet,” fellow cast member Marla Overman.

Production Crew

Lisa Benshoof
Family legend has it that upon her birth, her two grandmothers looked upon her, the Creole blooded maternal grandmother saying “Dees one will be the artiste” and the Irish paternal grandmother saying in reply, “Aye, that she will!” Unfortunately, Lisa spent the next 18 years being reared in a religiously oppressive and often abusive household which effectively crushed her artistic spirit, leaving her broken. She married in 1976 and with the love and support of her beloved husband, Don, spent the next many years raising their son, Keith; Lisa working a variety of office positions to boost the family income. In 1987, after a series of painful life altering events, Lisa began to learn to use art as a therapy to ease her emotional pain and ocd (obsessive compulsive disorder) issues, to reveal her wounds and then to assist with her healing. Friends and family began to see her unique creations and encouraged her to put her work in juried art shows, where she went on to win award after award. The artist in her fully awakened, she went on to create, compete, display and sell her original creations. Her mediums are ever changing and expanding, and include jewelry and wearable art, sculpture, beading, costume making, music, poetry and more.

Amy Mckenzie
Associate Producer

Amy McKenzie is an original member of the BPC ensemble, having associate produced their first smash-hit, An Evening With The Kreep. She returned as Associate Producer for “Kreepmas.”   She has worked and lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago where she has produced and performed for the stage and television. McKenzie co-founded the New Age Vaudeville theater company as well as co-producing and directing their biggest cult hits An Evening with Elmore and Gwendolyn Putts and The TV Dinner Hour. Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune hailed both productions as “Among the most polished and clever productions of the season, a pair of devilishly inventive shows that won over critics and audiences alike. She has directed and acted in numerous productions at the Peninsula Players, America’s oldest residential summer theater, as well as founding and producing their fall season in the early 1980s. McKenzie was on the board of directors for the Peninsula Players (before, during, and after its restoration) for over a decade, and was Artistic Founding Director of the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay, WI whereby she helped to convert an old movie house into a state-of-the-art performing arts theater.

Laurie Kavanaugh McClave
Associate Producer

Laurie McClave has been drawing and painting obsessively since she was a young child. Growing up in California in the 60s and 70s her extended family was full of artists, free-thinking Mad magazine readers and a sprinkling of Catholic comedians. She dabbled in Drama, Clothing design, illustration and sculpture in the 70s and 80s before deciding to really get down and Paint. She decided to put herself back into school and was accepted into The San Francisco Art Institute and while there earned an honors studio spot. Laurie concentrated on figure drawing, painting and printmaking, and received her BFA in Painting in 1994. Laurie Has developed her own voice and unmistakable style which she spends hours and hours perfecting. Her pantheon of goddesses are at once untouchable and approachable, with a come hither glance and steely resolve.. they seem to be on a mission to draw the viewer into their story. “It’s the eyes” is the phrase most often heard when a viewer is describing the subject. ‘The eyes draw you in”. Website

Naiomi Chorneau

Naiomi is a 17-year old with an eye for photography, “Port Townsend has been a beautiful place to explore, cultivate and refine this desire to one day become a professional photographer. Between the beautiful architecture, and the amazing people who inhabit it, as well as the numerous festivals that happen year round, I feel as though this is the perfect place to pursue my dream.”

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DJ Adams
Stage Manager/Assistant Director

DJ is an original member of the BPC ensemble, having Stage Managed their highly successful An Evening With The Kreep. She went on to Stage Manage and assistant Direct for their holiday show “Kreepmas.” DJ has worked in every area of theatre having directed the one-woman stage show written by Jane Wagner Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, acting as The Storyteller in the play adaptation of Descent of Inanna, Lighting Designer for the musical comedy by Clark Gesner, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz entitled You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Stage Managing the musical by Jerry Bock,  Heldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein Fiddler on the Roof. She is happy to be working again with the wonderful folks of Black Pearl Caberet.


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