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!