Just signed up for the Color Run 2014!

Just signed up for the Color Run 2014!

Color Run fun from 2013! The photos are blurry because I had my phone in a plastic baggie!

I can tell that spring has truly sprung because I’m getting super excited to be outside and running!  Yesterday I signed up for the Run for Ovarian Cancer, and today, thanks to being on the VIP list, I signed up for The Color Run London!

Despite the non-Canadian spelling of “colour,” I participated in The Color Run last year, and it was SO much fun!  I ran with my friends Ceris, Brandon, Monica and Matt and we just had a great time.  I say “participated” because I didn’t run the race… I jogged, skipped, frolicked and boogied through the race!  I really feel like the point of The Color Run is not to aim for a personal best — it’s totally to get covered in colour!

I’ve created a team that anyone can join, called Rainbow Connection!  If you’d like to join the team, let me know!  Send me an email, shoot me a Facebook message, or leave a comment here!

 

If you’ve never participated in The Color Run before, here are some handy tips that I learned from last year!

1)  Get there early.  I arrived a few minutes before the run was supposed to start, and got stuck in the second-to-last wave of the event, which meant I was stuck waiting a loooooong time.  Come early and join in the party!

2)  Bring eye protection.  This can be as simple as a pair of sunglasses, but goggles aren’t a terrible idea either.  One particularly enthusiastic volunteer at the yellow colour station got me right in the eye with the powder.  It’s non-toxic, but it’s still not fun having powder in your eye.  Luckily Brandon had a bottle of water, which I basically poured all over my face to get the powder out.

3)  Bring cash.  There’s tons of gear for sale at the event (including bags, tutus, bracelets, etc), as well as extra colour pouches.  They had debit last year, but cash is obviously faster.

4)  It’s not actually a 5k.  I measured the distance last year, and it ended up being way shorter — closer to a 3.8k.  So it’s great for a first-time runner, or for kids!

5)  Green is the hardest colour to get rid of.  The colour stations that you go through are blue, pink, orange and yellow.  Like I said above, you can purchase extra colour pouches, such as green and purple.  The colour was fairly easy to get off in the shower (although I did use a pumice stone and Lush Ocean Salt scrub for some of the harder-to-clean areas) but green definitely stayed on the longest.

So I hope this gets you excited to get colourful, and I hope you’ll join me for The Color Run 2014!

It’s time for the Run for Ovarian Cancer 2014!

It's time for the Run for Ovarian Cancer 2014!

It’s that time again!

My sorority sisters in Beta Sigma Phi and I are participating in the Run for Ovarian Cancer again this year on May 11!  (Read about the 2013 run here!)  I’m super excited to participate in this awesome event again, and I’m hoping to beat my personal best time — which could be difficult, since I haven’t been training at ALL (shaaaaaaaame…)

I would love for you to sponsor me — you can search for my name at the RFOC site, or just click here to sponsor me online, or copy and paste the following link:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2328044&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=http%3a%2f%2frunforovariancancer.ca%2f

Last year, thanks to my amazing friends and family, I was able to raise $255.  This year, I’ve made my goal $260 — please help me achieve that goal!  :)

If you’d like to participate in RFOC with me, you can also join my team — search for Beta Sigma Phi!

Do you raise money for charity?  Have you ever done a run for a cause?  Tell me about them in the comments!

Official art for Mrs. Ballyshannon!

Hey all!  Check out the amazing poster and Facebook header that was just released for Mrs. Ballyshannon’s School for Orphaned and Afflicted Girls Presents Jane Eyre.  It was designed and created by the amazing Sarah Legault!

Can you guess which of the girls is me?

Mrs. Ballyshannon's School for Orphaned and Afflicted Girls Presents Jane Eyre

Mrs. Ballyshannon's School for Orphaned and Afflicted Girls Presents Jane Eyre

Please share these with your friends and family, and come out and see the show!

May 6 – 10 at Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre / 8pm, with a 2pm Half-Price Matinee on Saturday, May 10th.

Tickets: $20 at the Palace Theatre Box Office — call 519-432-1029

Linktastic – April 15, 2014

Linktastic - April 15, 2014

Hanging out with “Uncle Tony” at OKTC’s production of Lucky Stiff!

Artists, please stop giving your work away. In the long run you hurt yourself and your whole community.

And arts organizations, lets rethink the current paradigm. Instead of cannibalizing your livelihood at these artist centric auctions, change what you offer. Instead of letting these organizations sell your artwork donations you could:

  • offer a loan of the work,
  • offer a class,
  • a museum tour
  • a studio visit
  • a dinner with a couple artist in a private gallery showing offer up a visit to your private collection
  • allow a patron to leaf through your flat files or look through your sketchbooks.
  • if the sponsoring organization will reimburse your expenses, at the most, offer a printed edition of your work, something that more closely aligns with the value of the actual work and what people are paying for it.

Patrons: if you want to participate in a rich arts cultural life in Seattle [Kerry's note: or any other city!], support the artists.

April just sped up!

April just sped up!

Remember back on April 1, when I said April was off to a fast start?  Well, I must have been fooling myself (April Fools Day, y’know), because April hasn’t just sped up… it’s flying with the force of a locomotive!

Last Wednesday I travelled with Shawn, Ceris and Brock to Windsor to see The Drowsy Chaperone performed at St. Clair College, featuring my favourite “brother” Brandon (d’Artagnan from The Three Musketeers) as Man in Chair!  It was an awesome performance and so much fun surprising him!

Rehearsals for Through the Looking Glass and Mrs. Ballyshannon’s School for Orphaned and Afflicted Girls Presents Jane Eyre are going really well.  Yesterday was the fourth rehearsal for TTLG, and we’ve started blocking the first scene, as well as working on choreography and music for “Jabberwocky” and “I Was a Good Egg.”  The group of actors I have are really great — they’re hard workers, quick learners, and just a lot of fun.

We’ve been doing runs of Ballyshannon for a while now, and the show is challenging but fun.  My stutter is coming along, and I’m looking forward to seeing our costumes and working with props soon!

So not only am I working on those two shows, but I have THREE more projects that I’ve recently signed on for!

I was invited to participate in a staged reading for the London Playwrights Lab, entitled Secret Lives of a Sex Doll (although I didn’t find out about the title until AFTER I said yes!).  It’s on May 3, 2014, at Procunier Hall and should be eye-opening!  This will be the second staged reading I’ve participated in with LPL; the last one was a hoot and this one should be too!  Check out the press release in the London Free Press!

I’ve joined the cast of The Voices Collective’s production of Macbeth, which goes up July 10-12, 2014.  My friend Monica got a job opportunity out of town and has moved out of London, and thus had to vacate her role; so I was invited to take over the role of Macduff.  Many of the roles in this production are cross-gender cast, which will be really interesting.  Macduff is a fantastic role — he (or in this case, she) is the person who slays Macbeth.  More stage combat for Kerry!

Speaking of stage combat, I’ve been asked to assist with some combat for Theatre Soup’s production of Ladies Room, which is performing in the London Fringe Festival (June 3-14, 2014).  It’s a cat fight in a ladies bathroom, which will be a blast to choreograph!  I’m definitely looking forward to this one!

(On top of that, I have my regular commitments for sorority, and I’ve started writing the outline to a book I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time — more updates on that really soon!  I’ve also got an idea for a possible addition to the blog, perhaps in video form!)

One bad aspect of being so busy is that I’ve had to turn down some opportunities… but I’ve realized that the more theatre I do, the more discerning and particular I have to be in regards to what shows I commit myself to.  Sometimes I’ve had to say no to opportunities that I didn’t feel I was able to do skill-wise; others I just don’t have the time to commit to.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m nuts or just have a theatre addiction — but I wouldn’t change a thing!  I am so grateful and honoured for the opportunities that have been presented to me… it’s really wonderful to be asked to join a project!