Six Things To Do When You’re Between Shows

Six Things To Do When You're Between Shows

My most recent OKTC production, Through the Looking Glass, closed on August 3.  My next OKTC production, The Wedding Singer, doesn’t start rehearsals until September 8.  And while I’ve got an acting project in the works (more on that soon!), I’ve had some downtime between shows.  It’s been nice having some time off, to be honest!

But what happens if you don’t have another show booked?  Or what happens if you have a loooooooong break between projects?  Well, here are six suggestions of things you can do in the meantime.

  1. Find new audition pieces (monologues and songs).  Here’s some advice for choosing appropriate audition pieces.
    • For monologues, I think you should have at least four different pieces ready to go at all times:
      • Modern comedic
      • Modern dramatic
      • Classical comedic
      • Classical dramatic (Shakespeare, Marlowe, etc.)
    • For songs, please PLEASE avoid “Let It Go.”  Are you Idina Menzel?  No?  Then just move along.
  2. Take a class or workshop.  Now is not the time to rest on your laurels.  Everyone can benefit from classes and lessons.  For example, at Original Kids Theatre Company, we’re offering four different workshops taught by professional actor Kyle Blair.
  3. Go see some theatre.  Support your fellow artists!
  4. Clean out your rehearsal bag.  No doubt it’s full of all sorts of stuff from your last production (scripts, costume bits, leftover makeup, thank-you cards, fake moustaches…).
  5. Take care of yourself.  Get a facial, get your hair done, work out.  You want to look your best for the next audition!  And for goodness sake, take some time to REST.
  6. Reconnect with friends from past shows.  Organize a reunion.  Find out what everyone else is up to!  Who knows, you might find your next project waiting for you!  While you’re at it, you should probably spend some time with your non-theatre friends and family too, seeing as you probably don’t see them all that often while you’re actually in a show!

What are some things you do in between projects?  Leave your suggestions in the comments!

NYC Blogcademy Scholarship Application: Armed and Ready!

NYC Blogcademy Scholarship Application: Armed and Ready!

I’m sure you’ve heard that saying, “I’m a lover, not a fighter?”  Well, it wasn’t written about me, because I’m a lover AND a fighter.

Hi everyone.  My name is Kerry, and I’m a sword geek!  I love stage combat, all things theatrical (can’t you tell, seeing how dramatic this blog post already is?!), and I love blogging.  And I would LOVE to attend The Blogcademy in New York City on September 27 & 28!

For those of you who don’t know, The Blogcademy is an amazing blogging workshop, led by uber-bloggers Gala Darling, Shauna Haider, and Kat Williams.  They travel all over the globe, sharing their knowledge and killer style while whipping bloggers into shape with their motto, “No Boredom, No Blathering, No Bullshit!”

So, Kat, Gala and Shauna… I’m writing this post because I want, nay, NEED you to kick my ass into gear, Blogcademy-style!  I have been blogging for five years now and I want to take my blog to the next level.  I need to learn the knowledge and skills that only The Blogcademy can provide!  I am ready to be your Padawan and learn from the masters (well, mistresses!) of the blogging world.  I am ready to pull my bootstraps up and, armed with everything I’ll be learning from your workshop, become a blogging warrior!  (Please excuse my mixed-up genres; I’m so excited thinking about Blogcademy that I can hardly keep my claymores and my cutlasses straight!)

“But Kerry!” I hear you asking, “Why New York City?  You’re Canadian!  Didn’t you see that The Blogcademy was already in Vancouver and Calgary earlier this year?”

Yes, of course!  Why New York City?  This is why:

  1. It’s ridiculously expensive to fly anywhere in Canada.  I live in London, Ontario, and strangely enough it’s much more economical to fly to the States than it is to fly out to Western Canada.
  2. I adore New York City.  I’ve studied stage combat in NYC with the Art of Combat and chaperoned two trips to there with the Original Kids Theatre Company; it’s where I discovered the best damn Mexican restaurant I’ve ever eaten at, and it’s where my husband Shawn proposed to me in 2012!  Clearly NYC is very close to my heart!
  3. New York City is a place where anything can happen and dreams can come true.

So please make my dream come true and send me to The Blogcademy!

As a future soldier in the Blogcadette army, I have a few recommendations for weapons for the Blogcademy senseis to arm themselves with.  “Speak softly and carry a big stick” is all well and good, but why not kick ass and take names with a killer armoury at your disposal?!  (Don’t worry, I’d teach you all how to use them safely, of course!)

 

NYC Blogcademy Scholarship Application: Armed and Ready!

I would definitely deck out Kat with a badass broadsword!  Like Kat, broadswords are European in descent (broadswords are typically thought of as a Scottish weapon, but many of the earliest broadswords were English).  Broadswords are definitely a no-bullshit weapon, and I can totally picture Kat dispensing her no-nonsense advice while wielding a broadsword!  “If blogging is truly important to you (hack, slash), you’ll MAKE the time for it!” (slice, whack!)

 

NYC Blogcademy Scholarship Application: Armed and Ready!

For Shauna, I’d recommend an 18th century smallsword.  Don’t be fooled by its size; this baby will get your opponent five times before they can blink.  Smallswords are a thrusting weapon, rather than a slicing weapon — like Shauna, a smallsword gets right to the point with precision and finesse!  In my opinion, smallswords are one of the most difficult weapons to master, but I have no doubts that detail-oriented Shauna would pick it up in no time!

 

Finally, for Gala, I’d definitely arm her with a bowie knife.  Gala’s razor-sharp style, wit, and business acumen would perfectly suit this weapon that can slice you up, down, and any other way you’d like to go.

But not just any bowie knife…

NYC Blogcademy Scholarship Application: Armed and Ready!

Need I say more?!  Who says we can’t be fabulous AND deadly?

So, Headmistresses, I hope to see you soon in New York City!!

 

Photo Credits: Ceris Thomas, Greg Mizon, Amanda Finney, The Strut

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Inspired by Heroine Training by Miss Xandra Bee, I’m here to dispense six bits of wisdom and advice to young actresses out there, with some references to past shows and productions I’ve worked on.

(All these lessons apply to boys too… but we all can use a good dose of girl power!)  :)

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Fiddler on the Roof — Spring 2012

Be a leader.

Take new, inexperienced, or younger actors under your wing.  Listen to them, give them advice, and share your experiences with them.  Like Tzeitel from Fiddler on the Roof, you’re like a big sister.  Step up to the plate and be a leader.  Know what you have to do, and do it.

 

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Spring 2011

Stand up for yourself.

Nobody else is going to do the work for you.  You have to believe in yourself, your abilities and your dreams.  Like Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, don’t let anyone treat you badly or make you feel small.

 

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Annie Warbucks — Fall 2010

Make new friends AND keep the old.

Theatre is a team effort.  Make friends with your cast and crewmates.  They will become a second family to you.  Annie Warbucks always knew she could depend on her friends from the orphanage to help her out when times were tough.  Your friends will be there for you in good times and bad.  Keep them close; they’re better than gold!

 

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Curse of the Cobra’s Kiss — Halloween 2012

Be fearless.

Push yourself to take risks and get outside your comfort zone.  Don’t be afraid to look silly onstage.  The more you commit to the character, the better you will look onstage.  Jessica Maples from Curse of the Cobra’s Kiss wasn’t afraid to pick up a dead cobra, and you shouldn’t be either (literally and metaphorically).

 

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Through the Looking Glass — Summer 2014

Trust in yourself… and anything is possible.

The White Queen from Through the Looking Glass wasn’t afraid to express her pain from a wound she hadn’t yet received, and even though Alice thought things were impossible, the White Queen knew that if you just trust in your heart, that anything is possible.  You can do the thing!

 

Advice for Young Actresses: Be Your Own Heroine

Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. — Spring 2014

Above all… be brave.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics from Tiger Lily’s solo from “What Makes the Brave Man Brave.”  Tiger Lily embodies what it means to be a strong and brave young woman.

Tiger Lily:  “I know you helped save me.”

Wendy:  “Why do boys take the credit for everything?”

Tiger Lily:

There are some boys like that, true.
All too proud of what they do.

Taking credit wherever they can.
But if glory they don’t share, don’t be silent and stare.
Tell ‘em quick, tell ‘em true of the noble things in you.

Not just boys are fighters.  Not just boys are strong.
Got to keep inside your heart this ancient native song:
“No one can make you feel small unless you agree to feel small.”

What makes the brave girl brave?  What makes the brave girl brave?
Native girls know many boys have pride so big it burst!
Just remind him what he did, a girl no doubt did first!

#HeroineTraining

Photo Credits: Malcolm Miller, Bryan Nelson, Vicki Cocco

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

 

Thank you so much to Ei Phyu at Things I like for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award.  I started this site to be a sort of online resume for my theatre career, but it has really evolved and changed over the years.  I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with people, and I hope that my Young Actors Series articles are helpful and enjoyable!

I met Ei Phyu back in my first year at Queen’s University (back in 2002… a lifetime ago it seems!).  We were both modelling in a charity fashion show for the Women’s Issues Committee (which has since been renamed the Women’s Empowerment Committee; I like that very much).  I was a terrified first year and she took me under her wing and was so lovely and kind to me.  I had the great fortune to work with her again as a member of the Academics Committee for Queen’s Arts & Science Orientation.  Working on Frosh Week was one of my most memorable moments in my university life, and Eips was a huge part of that experience.  Her kindness and intelligence make her a one-of-a-kind lady, and this comes through in spades in her blog.  Please be sure to check it out.

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The rules of this award:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. You must list the rules and display the award.

3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.

4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

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7 facts about myself:

1.  I will talk to just about anyone about anything.  I love meeting new people.

2.  I am so full of dreams and aspirations and sometimes I worry that I won’t live long enough to achieve them all.

3.  I love all things Disney, and I’ve been fortunate to work for the Disney Company twice (Walt Disney World in 2005, and Disney Cruise Line in 2007-2008).

4.  I dream about selling all my possessions, buying an Airstream, and living a nomadic life (with internet, LOL).

5.  I have an entire bookshelf devoted to books I haven’t read yet.

6.  I love collecting makeup and nail polish but I rarely wear any of it.

7.  I sometimes wish I had gotten a Bachelor’s of Education but I know that I wouldn’t want to teach in a school (ask me about this some time if you want me to go on a long, ranty tangent).

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The great blogs I nominate for this award are (in alphabetical order): 

An Actor’s Blog (Amelia M. Rogocka)

Danger Diary

dramachicks

EclectEcon

elanknits

Fashionably Light

I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

Lois Backstage

LYTE at the Palace

Sparkles & Crumbs

Stage Crazy!

Stitching Lotus

The Artsy Techy Daily

The Laughing Medusa

When in doubt… throw penguins

Fall 2014 at OKTC will be a GRAND ADVENTURE!

Fall 2014 at OKTC will be a GRAND ADVENTURE!

It’s that time again!  The Fall 2014 season at Original Kids Theatre Company was just released yesterday, and it will prove to be a GRAND ADVENTURE indeed!  We have nine incredible productions to be performed by our Main Cast Company, and I know our actors cannot wait to get started rehearsing in September.

I am thrilled to finally announce the show I will be directing at OKTC this fall…

Fall 2014 at OKTC will be a GRAND ADVENTURE!

THE WEDDING SINGER!!!  EEEEEEE!!!

I am so, so, so excited to be working on this show.  I’m obsessed with The Wedding Singer.  I mentioned back in November that The Wedding Singer was one of the shows on my “want-to-direct” list, and I also posted a video of the Broadway production’s performance at Tony Awards on my wedding day (secretly hoping someone would show up at my wedding and start singing “It’s Your Wedding Day” as a flashmob!).  The show is funny, sweet, silly and just all-around a great story.  I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat for months, and it has been torture not being able to talk about it!

Phil Hallman is the musical director, and Lindsey Runhart is the choreographer.  I have never worked with either of these talented individuals before, but having seen their work onstage, I know this show is going to ROCK!

Here’s the 411 on this totally awesome musical:

The Wedding Singer

Playing at the Spriet Family Theatre, December 4-7, 2014

Music by Matthew Sklar
B
ook by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy and starring Adam Sandler 

“Be our specially invited guests at The Wedding Singer, a nostalgic, funny and romantic trip back to 1985 when hair was big, greed was good, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy ever. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and the life of the party, until his own fiancé dumps him. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, until he meets Julia the girl of his dreams, but engaged to a big-deal financier. Youll all love this rocking hit show, a perfect Broadway challenge for our senior musical-comedy performers and based on the ever-popular film favourite starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore!”

(Rated PG. 2hrs. #OKWeddingSinger). 

I’m also excited to announce that OKTC will be presenting a very special Christmas project this year…

Fall 2014 at OKTC will be a GRAND ADVENTURE!

The OKTC staff will be presenting A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS for two performances only, December 13 & 14!  I’m thinking this might be an OKTC first!  I know the Original Kids have been bugging us to do a special staff show, and we’re finally going to do it!  And proceeds from this very limited engagement production go to a very special cause — read on!

A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Playing at the Spriet Family Theatre, December 13 & 14, 2014

By Charles M. Schultz
Based upon the television special by Bill Melendez & Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson   

Everyones favourite television holiday special is brought to life on the OKTC stage featuring our staff, alumni and special guests! Two performances only! These performances will raise funds to help send underprivileged kids to our school performances and help schools who are constrained by bussing costs. 

Tickets go on sale for the OKTC Fall 2014 season on September 20th at 12 PM!  Mark that date down on your calendars and get ready to join us on THE GRAND ADVENTURE!