If we were having coffee…

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Let’s imagine we’re in a nice, cozy coffee shop, with a couple of beverages (confession: I don’t drink coffee, so I’d actually be drinking a hot chocolate or decaf iced mocha) and we’re hanging out together after a whole bunch of “We totally need to hang out more” conversations. We’ve finally figured out our schedules and have sat down and are actually doing this thing.

Hi there! How’s it going? It’s been a long time, hasn’t it? Yeah, way too long. I’m glad we’re here though, getting caught up.

Things have been busy around here. I know that won’t come as a shock to anyone. I think most of my conversations and blog posts start this way. We’re just into June and already I have directed a show that has opened and closed (Peter and the Starcatcher), started rehearsals for a second show (Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr., opening in July), assisted on a stage combat gig in Hamilton (Les Miserables: School Edition), and am in the process of choreographing violence for another show (Peter Panhandler). I’ve got three more combat gigs in the works right now, which is pretty cool, as well as plans for at least two pretty major projects in late 2017 and early 2018 (yes, already).

I travelled to New York City for the sixth time back in March and had a fabulous adventure, experiencing the gamut of weather conditions, from walking through Central Park in a t-shirt on the first day to thanking the heavens (and my mother) that I had my winter boots and coat because NYC was hit with a horrendous snowstorm.

I’ve watched a ton of theatre (including The Lion in Winter, Vigilante, The Little Mermaid, Come From Away, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, In Transit, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, The Play That Goes Wrong, Amélie, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, as well as a multitude of shows at OKTC) and saw Green Day in concert. I also got to meet Josh Groban briefly while I was in NYC.

Kerry Josh Groban

I’ve carved out a little bit of time for creativity and hobbies as well. My mom and I went to a paint night for the first time. We also made homemade, lactose-free potato soup. I made homemade bath bombs with my friend Lizz. I’ve started growing a bunch of veggies and other plants indoors, and have weeded my outdoor garden in preparation for transplanting once the weather is warmer. My onions are growing like crazy already but my carrots aren’t doing so hot. I’ve started composting. I’ve finished reading 11 books, most recently biographies of Malala Yousafzai and Eric Bischoff (two people who couldn’t be more different). I’ve also been doing a bunch of loom knitting, which I absolutely love. I knit and sold a bunch of pussyhats and raised over $215 for various women’s charities. That felt really good.

pussyhats claimed

I’ve been writing a lot. Not here, obviously and unfortunately, but I have already written over 20 posts this year for the Theatrefolk blog, which has been my main focus, and I really enjoy writing for them. It’s challenging, and a lot of fun too. In terms of this space, I’ve been contemplating a new direction for my personal blog. My most successful year blogging-wise was in 2015, but I’ve been neglecting this space. I think I might want to take this blog in a new direction, but I’m not sure what that direction is. I am enjoying being here right now though. The words have just poured out and made me realize how much I’ve missed my personal blog. I also have been neglecting my playwriting. I have a play I want to share but it needs editing, and I’ve been wanting to write a second act for Inspector Noble for a very long time.

It’s interesting how priorities and goals change over time. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Time seems like it’s speeding up more and more each day. I’m trying to slow down and be mindful and “in the present,” but it’s challenging. I get tired more easily now. I need more sleep than before. I remember when I worked on the cruise ship, I used to get up at the crack of dawn, work all day, party at night, sleep for a couple of hours, and do it all again. Now just thinking of that lifestyle is exhausting. I don’t know how I did it. I have friends still living the cruise life, nearly 10 years later. I don’t know how they do it.

Anyway… I still have lots of things I want to do. I want to go camping this summer. I want to make more homemade soup and freeze it. I want to find more art for our house (the walls in the main floor are supremely bare and boring). I want to KonMari my possessions and create a calm, cozy, serene home. I want to find a nice squishy chair for my office. I want to write more. I want to record more podcasts. I want to be more particular about the projects I take on.

Thanks for listening.

What about you?

P.S.: Check out this post that I wrote for Heroine Training, all about London, Ontario. 🙂

2016: The Year in Review

2016: The Year in Review

It’s that time again… time to look back over the previous year and reflect on everything that has happened. 2016 has been a year of ups and downs, successes and challenges. I think we can all agree that it’s time to move ahead and focus on the good things to come. But for a short while, I’m looking back over the things that happened throughout the year. Thanks for sticking with me!

If you’re curious, check out my reviews of 20152014 and 2013.


January started with archery tag, recording a podcast, visiting Toronto and seeing Kinky Boots, and going to the Brickenden Awards.

February saw the start of Tarzan rehearsals (which basically consumed my life until May), celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Original Kids Theatre Company in the midst of a snowstorm, visiting the London RV show and dreaming of buying a trailer, enjoying my cousin Jacalyn’s baby shower, and celebrating my stepdad’s 60th birthday.

March was a busy month! I saw The Great All-American Musical Disaster at Lucas Secondary School, and then was off to New York City with the Original Kids (my third time with OKTC but my fifth time to the city). I saw nine shows (including Something Rotten twice!), met Christian Borle, Adam Pascal, and Tavi Gevinson, hung out backstage at the Slipper Room with the lovely Veronica Varlow, experienced the madness of Sleep No More, took a longsword class taught by my pal Jared Kirby, and overall had an amazing time. Ceris and I recorded another podcast, and created an Instagram challenge for April. I celebrated my 33rd birthday by winning tickets to see Metric in concert and enjoyed the show with my friend Kate. Shawn and I also squeezed in an impromptu roadtrip to Toronto.

2016: The Year in Review

In April, Brock and I taught a swordfighting combination to two grade six classes, I recorded a course for the Drama Teacher Academy, created violence for Musical Theatre Productions’ Heathers the Musical, started a five-week yoga course, and saw a Blue Jays game.

In May I got to host the 2016 OKTC Playfest Awards Ceremony, and my mom and I made enough mac & cheese to feed an army (the secret ingredient was cauliflower). The rest of the month was consumed by Tarzan, which sold out the entire run before it even opened. I also got a mole on my shoulder removed, which turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma. For the record, I am absolutely fine, the doctor got it all out, and my scar is healing really well. But PLEASE avoid tanning beds and always wear sunscreen! I will keep bugging everyone about that!!! I finished out the month celebrating at the OKTC Grad Gala, which is always a bit of a tearjerker.

2016: The Year in Review

June started out with me appearing on Xandra‘s Heroine Training webinar, which was a lot of fun! I also appeared in a one-night-only performance of Campus Martius with a bunch of fun theatre friends in the London Fringe Festival, and went to the Oxford Renaissance Festival with my friend Cole. Shawn and his cousin Justin also built me a garden in the backyard.

My mom, my aunt, and I flew out to Sault Ste. Marie over the Canada Day weekend in July to visit my cousin Jennifer, which was a lot of fun. We went shopping across the border, played Cards Against Humanity, and ate tons of delicious food! My friend Lizz introduced me to the fun of geocaching (we also had a lovely outdoor adventure with Nicole), and Shawn and I went to see a WWE house show at Budweiser Gardens.

2016: The Year in Review

August started out with a visit to Rib-fest (and the largest cherry lemonade I’ve ever experienced), and consisted of gardening, reading, and a visit to my in-laws’ trailer.

September also began with a visit to the in-laws’ trailer. I started teaching OKTC’s T.A.G. (The Actor Grows) classes again, as well as started rehearsals as fight director for OKTC’s production of She Kills Monsters. I appeared on Theatrefolk’s podcast, chatting about theatre etiquette. I went to the London Psychic Expo, which was very enlightening! I also went with my mom to see Macbeth at the Stratford Festival.

In October, I received my first introduction to Thirty-One Gifts with a party at Kendryth’s, and received first-aid training with the rest of the OKTC staff. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Shawn and I travelled with Justin and Amanda to Pittsburgh for the first time. They went to see the Pittsburgh Steelers and I saw The Toxic Avenger. We also visited the Andy Warhol Museum, went up the Monongahela Incline and gorged ourselves with amazing Mexican food. At the end of the month, Shawn and I saw I Mother Earth and Our Lady Peace in concert, and had fun at Justin’s Halloween party. I also started loom knitting! (I’m obsessed.)

2016: The Year in Review

In November, Shawn and I travelled to Toronto to see Pentatonix in concert (SO GOOD). Shawn also got to meet Wendel Clark (his favourite Toronto Maple Leaf player of all time). Both She Kills Monsters and the T.A.G. showcases had fabulous performances as well.

And it all comes back around to December. I started out the month hosting my own Thirty-One Gifts party (and my mom and I cooked our brains out). OKTC announced their Spring 2017 season lineup, including my two upcoming productions: Peter and the Starcatcher and Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr.

2016: The Year in Review

It’s been a really busy year. You may have noticed that my blogging here has become fairly sporadic and for that, I apologize. I have been blogging for the past year for the Theatrefolk blog, which I am thrilled to continue to do in 2017. One of my 2017 goals is to get back to posting here more regularly, but it will be at a reduced rate. I have been working hard on balancing my time, and I think it has been working.

I am looking forward to a fresh start in 2017. I hope you’ll join me!


Favourite Posts of 2016

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She Kills Monsters in the London Free Press!

Hello everyone! Original Kids Theatre Company’s She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers’ Edition is featured in the London Free Press today! I choreographed all the fights and have been working on this show since September. It’s been very busy but these young actors are doing an amazing job.

She Kills Monsters in the London Free Press!

Check out the full article here: http://www.lfpress.com/2016/11/17/on-the-boards-monsters-helps-slay-stereotypes

If you want to check out the show, there are 5 shows left. Click here to buy tickets!

Photo Credit: Mike Hensen for the London Free Press

Theatre Etiquette 101 with Yours Truly on the Theatrefolk Podcast!

Theatre Etiquette 101 with Yours Truly on the Theatrefolk Podcast!

Hello everyone! How’s it going? Just wanted to drop in and let you know that I’m appearing on Theatrefolk.com’s podcast, talking about all things theatre etiquette related! Click here to check it out, or copy and paste this link: http://www.theatrefolk.com/podcast/theatre-etiquette-101/

I created a course for their sister site, the Drama Teacher Academy, all about theatre etiquette as well. It was a challenge but so much fun and I hope you’ll check that out too.

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Linktastic – June 2016

Linktastic - June 2016

Fun times at the Oxford Renaissance Festival this past weekend!

What time is it? Summer time! (Yes, I threw an HSM2 reference in there.) I am loving the warmer weather and slower pace of the summer. I’m looking forward to having adventures with Shawn and my friends, seeing some great shows, travelling a bit, and relaxing! So without further ado, enjoy this month’s Linktastic!

Theatre

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Everything Else

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