And Now For Something Completely Different . . . Flash! Ahh–Ahh! A Rock and Roll Parody of Flash Gordon

(Color poster for our upcoming Flash Gordon Show–artwork by Scott Roller.)


Hello everyone, and a Happy New Year to all!  We had a great time over the holidays, and performed our cabaret show at both public and private events throughout the winter holidays and through New Years.


Now, however, we are taking the plunge into what is normally, for us at least, foreign territory, and that is a brief sojourn into rock and roll.  Not just any rock and roll, though–instead, we are hard at work on a parody of the 1980s film cult classic Flash Gordon, which features the music of the rock group Queen!  Our band for our production is comprised of fine young musicians from the local School of Rock.  KJ wrote the vocal arrangements for the show, and I am acting, singing and dancing my way through 12 of Queen’s big hits.


We have an invited Preview on Monday, Feb. 10th, and then the show opens to the public on Thursday, Feb. 13th, and runs Thursdays-Saturdays Feb. 13-March 1st, with all shows at 7pm.  If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, please come on down to the Funhouse Lounge and join us for a little sci-fi fun!  I play several smaller parts, including a citizen of Earth, a stewardess, one of Ming’s guards, a Hawk person, a Forest person, Concubine #1 and a Priest!  (Needless to say, when I’m not on stage I’m changing costumes backstage :)  Such a fun and talented cast–we can’t wait to share it all with you!


Here is a preview of the show that just came out in Portland Stage Reviews, written by Sabrina Miller:


From the Company that brought you “Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space,” and “The LIVE Adventures of Dex Dixon, Paranormal Dick” comes….


In April 2013 “Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space” received glowing reviews and played to sold out audiences at The Funhouse Lounge. We followed that with the critically successful film noir musical cabaret “The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick.” In that same tradition, we offer up one of the 80s most iconic films “Flash Gordon” presented as only Stage Works Ink can… come see what Director, Steve Coker (called, “the Orson Welles of overblown, underproduced comic meta-spectacles…” by Jay Horton of the Willamette Weekly) does with this comedy gold mine and sing along with the talented cast as they sing 12 songs from QUEEN!

The show has a live rock band featuring some of Oregon’s finest musicians from The School of Rock! These teens shred, melt faces, and know their Queen!


StageWorks Ink – The Fringe on Fringe Theatre!


The Funhouse Lounge: 2432 SE 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

February 13th, *14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, and March 1st 2014

Tickets are $10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door on Thursdays.
$12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door on Fridays and Saturdays.

*FEB 14th, $2.00 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Equality in Marriage movement!

Curtain Times: All shows 7:00pm curtain.

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When the Earth is threatened with destruction by the planet Mongo, Flash Gordon, New York Jets football hero, and his high school sweetheart, Dale Arden are shanghaied aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov’s rocket ship in an attempt to save the planet by appealing to Mongo’s Emperor, Ming the Merciless. But Ming has other plans, and decides to wed Dale before destroying the Earth. Flash must avoid the amorous advances of Ming’s daughter, Aura and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to over throw Ming to save his love and his planet… And he only has 14 hours to do it all!!!

Added to the show are 12 iconic rock songs by Queen performed by our cast: 
Flash Theme, These Are the Days of Our Lives, A Kind of Magic, We Will Rock You, Slightly Mad, One Vision, I Want to Break Free, Hammer to Fall, The Show Must Go On… and many others!

The All Star Cast Includes:
Illya Torres, Tasha Danner (Former Mousekateer season 4&5), Jonathan Hall, Sean Ryan Lamb, Ithica Tell, Alexandra Blatt, Brian Koch (Drummer for band Blitzen Trapper), Steve Coker, Jake Sauvageau, Athena McElrath, Amanda Healy and Matt Workman.

The School of Rock Band features:
Zach Holden, Max McCargar, Jack Mortensen, Connor Johnson, Asher Marlin

StageWorks Ink:!varsity/cee5


We’d love to see you there!  You can always check out our links at the top of our page for a wide variety of archived articles about cabaret–what it is and how to do it, as well as a listing of our upcoming performances.  Thanks for reading!


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Till next time,





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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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One Response to And Now For Something Completely Different . . . Flash! Ahh–Ahh! A Rock and Roll Parody of Flash Gordon

  1. Karen says:

    Hey Athena! congrats, this sounds like so much fun! can’t wait to see pics and maybe even video! break-a-leg Monday to you and the whole cast! ;-)