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McElrath Cabaret- Classic Cabaret Musical Act & Shakespearean Theatre

Photo by Douglas Bienert Photo/Design

McElrath Cabaret, the duo of K. J. and Athena McElrath, offer two different types of entertainment options—a classic cabaret music act and Shakespearean theatre.

In terms of their music, K. J. and Athena perform a classic cabaret act of piano and singing reminiscent of what you might have heard from the 1920s to the 1950s in New York’s most elegant and swankiest nightspots. With a popular mix of songs from the heyday of classic Vaudeville, Broadway and Hollywood, they bring warmth, humor and authenticity in style, entertaining enthusiastic audiences since 1996.


Photo by Douglas Bienert Photo/Design

K. J. McElrath brings a wealth of talent and experience to his many musical endeavors, whether sharing his traditional ­jazz stride­ piano stylings or music directing for the stage, with performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Preservation Hall and Carnival Cruise Lines. He regularly performs at retirement living communities throughout Clark County and the Portland Metro Area, as well as for fundraisers, private parties and other special events large and small.  He is the pianist with the Ne Plus Ultra Jass Orchestra, a 12-piece society jazz orchestra playing traditional jazz music from the 1920s to early 1930s, which holds monthly dances on the third Thursday of every month at the Village Ballroom in Portland.  K. J. is also a brilliant and highly versatile accordion player, and has played for many private parties, special events and in play performances, including Shakespeare’s As You Like It for the Portland Shakespeare Project at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare in the Parks productions, and Masque Alfresco. As an accomplished arranger and composer, K. J. is a Portland Area Musical Theatre Award­ winning composer (2016—Outstanding Original Song with Steve Coker) and his band music is published by Kjos Music in San Diego.

Photo by Douglas Bienert Photo/Design

Athena McElrath enjoys singing and acting on the stage, be it cabaret, musical theatre, and contemporary as well as Shakespearean and classical repertoire. She currently performs cabaret shows with K. J. in Portland, Seattle and surrounding areas. She was a vocalist and K. J. an instrumentalist at traditional jazz festivals throughout the West Coast and Canada, counting the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and the Penticton, British Columbia Traditional Jazz Festival among their favorites. Athena also enjoys performing at retirement living communities throughout Clark County and the Portland Metro Area. An accomplished actor, she has in recent years been seen on stage with such theatre companies as Portland Actors Ensemble, Masque Alfresco, The Elizabethan Revenge Society, Stageworks Ink, Arts Equity Main Street Theatre, Slocumb House Theatre, and has appeared in online and television ads as well as portrayed a Medieval Fishmonger Wench in the Animal Planet pilot, Medieval Monsters. She currently works in a producing and acting capacity with The Classical Muses Society, a Portland-based theatrical company.


Photo by Tim Young

Photo by Garry Louie


In terms of theatrical presentations, McElrath Cabaret offers short, light, and fun Shakespearean theatrical shows. Both entertainers bring over 20 years of stage experience to their shows.  All have acted and provided music for Portland Actors Ensemble’s Shakespeare in the Parks (Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), for Masque Alfresco (The Venetian Twins, The Trickster of Seville- the Don Juan Legend and Tartuffe), as well as The Elizabethan Revenge Society (Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy), and many other theatres in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. These 2-3 actor Shakespearean shows from McElrath Cabaret cover such topics as Celebrating Shakespeare, Suffering Fools Gladly- Shakespeare’s Clowns, Something Wicked This Way Comes- Shakespeare’s Supernatural, Merry Wives and Angry Shrews- Shakespeare’s Women, and Play On- Shakespeare’s Music.  All of the theatrical shows are flexible, and can be performed in a variety of settings to suit your needs.


Photo by Tim Young


Service Fee: Inquire for Details

Service Areas: Clark County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County

Service Types: Retirement Home/Independent Living, Assisted Living, Hospital, Senior Center, Private Parties/Locations

Availability: Weekdays, Weekends, Daytime, Evenings, Request on Short Notice, Request in Advance


Contact Name: Athena McElrath

Phone: (360) 859- 0254

E-mail: kjandathenacabaret@gmail.com

Website: http://mcelrathcabaret.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcelrathcabaret

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcelrathcabaret

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Video Samples:

*McElrath Cabaret at Egan’s Ballard Jam House, Seattle, part of the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association’s March is Cabaret Month Festival

*McElrath Cabaret at John and Jim’s Place

*McElrath Cabaret Demo Reel


MP3 Samples:

*The Girlfriend

*”I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling”

*”Days of Wine and Roses”

*”You Fascinate Me So”

*”That Old Black Magic”





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