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What is the Black Pearl Cabaret?

Black Pearl Cabaret is a professional troupe of actors, variety artists, and musicians. We perform only original works of a Gothic, humorous and macabre nature. Originally located in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, WA.. we are a traveling variety theatre. It is the goal of the Black Pearl Cabaret to provide paid opportunities to artists of all ages while presenting only original works that are affordable and accessible to everyone.

What shows have they done?

Bite Me! – a ‘Twilight’ musical spoof
With an amazing cast including BPC regulars Ares Altamirano, Aidan McClave, R O’Donnell, Joey Ripley, and Misha Cassella-Blackburn along with new-comers Marla Overman and Thomas Overman, and written and directed by O’Donnell, who penned “An Eve With The Kreep” and “Kreepmas,” “Bite Me! is fun for the entire brood. Scream on!

The Kreep
An Evening With The Kreep is a 60 minute theatrical with book, music, and lyrics by Brazillia R. Kreep. It was presented by the Black Pearl Cabaret on October 25-27, at the Undertown, located in the heart of the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend, Washington. The “Kreep” show features poetry and song and summons a variety of haunting characters from the Kreep’s darkest dreams.[7] Characters included The Kreep performed by R O’Donnell, Parthenia Goste performed by Alanna Dailey, Jack Frost performed by Jason Altamirano, Ms. Autumn performed by Holly Stone-Cabe, and Kreepy H. Krawler performed by cellist Aidan McClave. Songs included Welcome To My Lighthouse, See Me, Wish Myself, I’m Lamenting, and Halloween. The production was directed by Amanda Steurer.

Kreepmas
Kreepmas is a Gothic, macabre twist on the Charles Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carol” with book, music, and lyrics by Brazillia R. Kreep. It was presented by the Black Pearl Cabaret on December 20-23, 2012 at the Undertown in Port Townsend, WA. Characters included The Kreep performed by R O’Donnell, Albert T. Krumb performed by Jason “Ares” Altamirano, Kreepy H. Krawler performed by cellist Aidan McClave, Thaddeus Plum performed by Joey Ripely, Matilda Pift performed by Misha Cassella-blackburn and the two-headed Twipple Twins, Twinkle & Dinkle, performed by Cassella-blackburn and Ripley.[8] Cellist arrangements by Aidan McClave, costumes designed by O’Donnell and built by Mara Palmen, Stage Managed and Asst’d Directed by DJ Adams with songs that included Kreepmas Celebration, Drink Up For Kreepmas, I’m the Ghost of Been There Done That, The Bells, Why Not For Me, and We Wish You a Merry Kreepmas. The production was produced and directed by O’Donnell.

Kreepshow

A fast-paced musical comedy, KREEPSHOW features R O’Donnell as the spirited Captain Brazillia R. Kreep, Misha Cassella-Blackburn as the ethereal circus performer Parthenia Goste, Aidan McClave as the comical cellist Kreepy H. Krawler, and Jason Altamirano as the devilishly charismatic Jack Frost.

“Tim Burton meets Monty Python!” says staticmultimedia.com. “Along with audience participation, song and dance as well as the occasional special ghost appearance, KREEPSHOW is ever-changing, always new and exciting.”

What is their current show?

The musical comedy Kreepshow is heading to New York for a workshop to combine AN EVE WITH THE KREEP, KREEPMAS and KREEPSHOW into one 90 minute musical titled AUTUMN.  With a book, music, and lyrics by Brazillia R. Kreep (AKA R. O’Donnell,) AUTUMN is heading to NYC for an eventual  off-Broadway run.

Originally presented by the Black Pearl Cabaret at the Undertown and Manresa Castle located in the historic Seaport of Port Townsend, Washington to rave reviews, AUTUMN is a Victorian musical comedy featuring a variety of haunting characters all revolving around the town’s rich folklore. Characters include poet and narrator Capt Brazillia R. Kreep, the ghostly circus star Parthenia Goste, trickster Jack Frost, the sassy brassy Autumn Whispers accompanied by the ever silly Kreepy Krawler quartet.

What are its Origins?

R O’Donnell arrived in Port Townsend, Wa. in 2010 to mount his cabaret The Mystic Circus using a formula he developed as founder of the Chicago theatrical troupe New Age Vaudeville and the New Variety Cabaret. Unfortunately he lost his cabaret space and went actively searching for another. Later, R penned “An Evening With The Kreep” and the Black Pearl Cabaret was born.

Black Pearl Cabaret is a professional troupe of actors, variety artists, and musicians performing only original works of a Gothic, humorous and macabre nature. It is the goal of the Black Pearl Cabaret to provide paid opportunities to artists of all ages, and to specifically encourage local youth participation and growth while presenting only original works that are affordable and accessible to everyone.

Are They In The News?

KPTZ Public Radio Interview
Steve Evans
aired Feb 11th, Monday at noon; 12th, Tuesday at 6 p.m.; 13, Wednesday at 10 a.m.; and 16th, Saturday at noon
R O’Donnell & Misha Cassella-Blackburn
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57039510/Black%20Pearl%20Cabaret.mp3

‘Kreepshow’: Macabre with a pinch of improvisation
PT Leader
By Steve Treacy
Contributor

VICTORIANA

As the minute hand reaches 12, one heavy wooden door slides open (a nice Victorian touch). An odd but agreeable young man enters bearing a cello. Three additional characters will soon make dramatic and distinctive entrances in turn. All wear stylish black togs (designed by Lynne Cassella) suggestive of, dare we say, the new de rigueur steampunk formality.

Sartorially and otherwise, the director (R O’Donnell) and his gothic “krew” appear quite at home within the walls of Manresa Castle, what with its visibly Victorian fixtures and alleged ghostly past.

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP

Brazillia R. Kreep (R O’Donnell) hosts the evening’s macabre entertainment with excellent good cheer and panache. His madcap energy seems boundless as he kindly escorts us into the gothic, sometimes singsong, world of the spirit. His writing, directing, acting and warbling abilities conspire to make him a quadruple threat. Even his spoken poems, especially “Little Annie Borkle,” are sparkling (no mean feat for that musty old art form).

KREEPY H. KRAWLER

Kreepy H. Krawler (cellist Aidan McClave) instantly proves invaluable whether he’s being a comic actor munching corn chips or an accomplished musician who arranges his own instrumental music.

PARTHENIA GOSTE

Parthenia Goste (Misha Cassella-Blackburn) is a captivating young spirit with an amazingly plaintive voice. Her songs, convincingly angelic, express her own dear fate, especially her hauntingly reprised “See Me.”

JACK FROST

Jack Frost (Ares Altamirano) offers a bold contrast as the dashing young blade with mischief on his mind. His silly entrance is impressive. His tango sequence with Parthenia is poignant.

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PT LEADER
‘Bite Me’ this Valentine’s Day
Black Pearl Cabaret’s ‘Twilight’ musical satire runs Feb. 14-16

 Megan Claflin
reporter
February 13, 2013

Presented by the Black Pearl Cabaret just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Bite Me! – a ‘Twilight’ Musical Comedy,” with music and lyrics by R O’Donnell, plays at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 at the Pope Marine Building, on the pier at the corner of Water and Madison streets.

Written and directed by O’Donnell (who penned “An Evening With The Kreep” and “Kreepmas”) and performed by a cast that includes Black Pearl Cabaret regulars Ares Altamirano, Aidan McClave, O’Donnell, Joey Ripley and Misha Cassella-Blackburn along with newcomers Marla and Thomas Overman, “Bite Me!” promises to be fun for the entire brood.

“If you’ve had your fill of vampires and want something to do this Valentine’s Day weekend, then this is the show for you,” declares O’Donnell. “The blockbuster film ‘Twilight’ about teenage love still graces the pages of all kinds of national magazines, so it was an easy target for the troupe.”

The story of “Bite Me!” follows Ella Bran and Billy Sullen as they struggle to come to terms with their silly, supernatural attraction for one another. Songs such as “Sparkly” and “Bite Me” along with a wide a variety a comedic forms, from slapstick to thoughtful satirical jabs, pepper this musical comedy satire of the ‘Twilight’ franchise.

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PT LEADER
A Very Merry Kreepmas
Megan Claflin
reporter
December 19, 2012

It’s Christmas in Port Townsend and everyone is in good cheer! Dashing to gather the final accoutrements for the holiday tree and feast, friends and neighbors call out “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy New Year!”

Not everyone is feeling the spirit of the season, however. As snowflakes fall on the aging Point Wilson Lighthouse, Brazilia R. Kreep prepares for another cold, lonely evening. Tucking into his nightcap and shuffling off to bed, the old lighthouse keeper sighs a labored “Bah! Humbug!” But as the Kreep drifts off to sleep the figures of his imagination (or are they real?) aim to teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

Returning to the Undertown Coffee & Wine Bar Dec. 20-23, Black Pearl Cabaret (BPC) aims to delight audiences with a gothic, macabre twist on Charles Dickens’ classic “Christmas Carol.” After October’s four sold-out performances of the debut show, “An Evening with the Kreep,” BPC founder and director R O’Donnell said this retelling is one not to miss.

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PT LEADER
Black Pearl Cabaret presents the Kreep
Megan Claflin
reporter
Oct 17, 2012

Created in the eerie mind of award-winning actor/writer/producer R O’Donnell, “An Evening with the Kreep” features poetry and song and summons a variety of haunting characters from the Kreep’s darkest dreams – or so it may seem. 

An award-winning writer, director, producer and comedian, R O’Donnell developed “The Kreep” as a pseudonym six years ago while working in theater and television in New York City and Chicago. Wholly attracted to the creativity and innovation uniquely cultivated within the horror genre, he said, “There is very little that one can think up that can’t be incorporated plausibly into horror,” he said. “It is limited only by one’s imagination.”

Relocating to Port Townsend in 2010, O’Donnell founded the Black Pearl Cabaret with the mission to recruit a professional troupe of actors, variety artists and musicians to perform original works of a gothic and macabre nature.

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