Tiny Theatre Tips #4: Fitness For Actors

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Tiny Theatre Tips #4: Fitness For Actors

Tiny Theatre Tips #4: Fitness For Actors

Disclaimer: I am not a fitness trainer or medical professional. It is strongly recommended that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise or fitness program!

Acting is an incredibly physical undertaking. Frequent rehearsals (often late into the night) and multiple performances each week can take a toll on your body. Not to mention actors often have to perform highly physical acts — anything from singing and dancing to stage combat and stunt work to tumbling, running, jumping, squatting, leaping, and many other feats of physicality. And of course, actors need to fit into their costumes, which could be tight, short, transparent, a combination of all three, or even less (hello, Rocky Horror Show).

It’s important for actors to be physically fit; not just to look good onstage and to fit into their costumes (both of which are vital!), but also to be able to maintain the stamina to complete their shows each day, and to feel good. There is nothing worse than feeling crummy and having to drag yourself through a rehearsal — everything just feels that much more difficult. Or worse, trying to power through a performance when you’re feeling less than your best. Staying physically fit can help actors to look and feel their best each day.

What kind of exercise is best for actors? That depends on the actor, and the role they are playing! Dancers and stage combatants need to practice their craft (generally through classes and/or private training). Depending on what kind of role you are playing, you will need to look the part. An actor playing a professional wrestler would have to have a very different physique than an actor portraying a cancer patient, or an elderly person, or an animal. Your director can advise exactly what sort of look they think the character would have, and a physician or personal trainer can devise a fitness plan to help you achieve the look you want.

However, I believe any actor can benefit from a combination of cardiovascular exercise (running, swimming, biking, rollerblading and so on) to improve stamina, as well as strength training (don’t worry, you won’t turn into The Rock if you lift weights!) with some yoga thrown in for good measure (I think EVERYONE can benefit from yoga), to help maintain a healthy body and active lifestyle. Even 15 minutes a day is better than nothing!

Exercise is proven to make you feel better, relieve stress, and help you sleep better. I don’t see any downsides!

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Running Daze: Run for Ovarian Cancer 2015, and a Booktastic FUNdraiser!

Running Daze: Run for Ovarian Cancer 2015, and a Booktastic FUNdraiser!

It’s that time again! I’m going to be participating in the Run for Ovarian Cancer again on May 10! This will be the third year in a row that I’ve participated (read about the (freezing) 2013 run here and the (sweaty) 2014 run here!) and I’m excited to be raising money again for an amazing cause. Last year my sorority sisters and I raised over $600 for the cause!

As always, it’s another chance for me to get workin’ on my fitness since unless I have a run scheduled, I tend to neglect my training. (Bad Kerry.)

This year, I’m doing fun project to complement my fundraising venture! On top of my regular sponsorship page (click here to sponsor me online!), I have over 50 books that I am decluttering from my apartment and offering up to YOU!

Below is a list of books that could become YOURS! If you see a book you’d like on this list, let me know which one(s) you want (hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments!) and in exchange for a donation — minimum $1 per book — the book of your dreams will be all yours*! You can donate online or if you’re in the London, Ontario area, you can fill out a paper donation form and I will bring the book right to you!

What are the benefits? YOU get a great new book, I get space back on my bookshelves, and all the money raised will be donated to the Run for Ovarian Cancer!

If you don’t want a book but would still like to support this amazing cause, you can click here to donate online! I will thank you a million times!

Running Daze: Run for Ovarian Cancer 2015, and a Booktastic FUNdraiser!

Here’s the book list! Some of the books are new, some are used, some are hardcover, some softcover, some are even written and/or stickered in! 😛 Some of the books I have read; some I haven’t. Who knows, I may add additional books to this list too!

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
A Creative Companion SARK
A Short Guide to Writing About Film Timothy Corrigan
A Warrior’s Bride Margaret Moore
California! Dana Fuller Ross
Daring to Dream Nora Roberts
Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsay
Digital Moviemaking (5th Edition) Lynne S. Gross & Larry W. Ward
Dream Log Homes and Plans Creative Homeowner
Everyday Life Through the Ages Reader’s Digest
False Impression Jeffrey Archer
Finding the Dream Nora Roberts
Fitness for Dummies (2nd Edition) Suzanne Schlosberg & Liz Neporent
Holding the Dream Nora Roberts
How to Make It In Hollywood (2nd Edition) Linda Buzzell
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Shepherd Mead
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows Alan Bradley
Lawless Nora Roberts
Little Book of Vintage Horror Tim Pilcher
Little Vampire Women Louisa May Alcott & Lynn Messina
Managing Multiple Bosses Pat Nickerson
Minimum Space, Maximum Living Barty Phillips
More 90-Minute Quilts Meryl Ann Butler
Omaha Crossing Ray Hogan
Slocum’s Gold Jake Logan
The Beach Alex Garland
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller
The Clerk’s Tale Margaret Frazer
The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew) Carolyn Keene
The Crisscross Shadow (Hardy Boys) Franklin W. Dixon
The Farm Show Theatre Passe Mureille
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls
The Golden Road L.M. Montgomery
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Itteh Bitteh Book of Kittehs Professor Happycat & icanhascheezburger.com
The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen Myron Levoy
The Mournful Teddy John J. Lamb
The Ready Reference Handbook (2nd Edition) Jack Dodds & Judi Jewinski
The Reef Nora Roberts
The Ringmaster’s Secret (Nancy Drew) Carolyn Keene
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
The Witch and the Warrior Karyn Monk
Three Fates Nora Roberts
Understanding Music (3rd Edition) Jeremy Yudkin
Visual Quick Tips: Quilting Sonja Hakala
Wanderlust Danielle Steel
Wear More Cashmere Jennifer Sander
What They Don’t Teach You At Film School Camille Landau & Tiare White
You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas
You Can Do It! Workbook Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

Running Daze: Run for Ovarian Cancer 2015, and a Booktastic FUNdraiser!

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Sunday Morning Dance Party: October 2014 Edition!

During my rehearsals for my last three shows at OKTC, I started a tradition called “Sunday Morning Dance Parties,” where I would play a song on Sunday morning (or afternoon, as it may be) at the start of rehearsal and dance like a maniac with my cast.  My wonderful choreographer from those shows, Ceris, is currently directing and choreographing Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS at OKTC and I am thrilled that she is continuing the tradition with her cast!  Here‘s the playlist I created a year ago for the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., so I’m clearly overdue for a new one!

It’s important to me that songs I play when I’m working with kids are upbeat, fairly current, and have clean content (as much as possible!).  I don’t care what they listen to at home — when they’re with me, I don’t want them listening to songs with questionable lyrics!  Featuring songs by artists such as Taylor Swift, Charli XCX and Calvin Harris, this playlist is rated F for FUN! and comes with a “let’s play it again!” guarantee!

(Just in case you need it, here’s a Pinterest-friendly version of the album cover!)

Sunday Morning Dance Party: October 2014 Edition!

Running Daze: Run for Ovarian Cancer 2014

Running Daze: Run For Ovarian Cancer 2014

Photo Credit: Sherri Nunn

On Sunday May 11, some of my sorority sisters from Beta Sigma Phi and I participated in the 2014 Run for Ovarian Cancer!  I participated in the run last year, which was a rainy mess.  This year’s run was in PERFECT weather — 19 degrees Celsius!  You couldn’t have asked for a better day!

As a team, my sorority sisters and I raised over $600 for the cause.  I myself raised $115 — didn’t quite make my fundraising goal, but at least I raised something!  Huge thanks to Cathy Hishon, Bryan Nelson, Will Frassinelli, and Catherine and Frank Flood for donating to my fundraising goal!

I haven’t run a 5k since the Santa Shuffle in December, so I was really rusty.  I managed to finish in 40 minutes and 27 seconds, which was a few seconds faster than last year’s run, ha ha!  One important thing I learned — while Under Armour has some of the best athletic wear anywhere, don’t wear the cold weather running tights when it’s beautiful and sunny!  I was soooo hot!

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been “running” now for a year!  I put running in quotation marks because I haven’t been properly training like I could/should be, but honestly, I’m not particularly worried about it, as I just run for fun and to be healthy.  I have no desire to be a competitive runner.  I do have a few running goals though: first, I’d like to run a 5k race without walking; second, I’d like to eventually do a 10k race; and third, I want to participate in a runDisney event!  I know I’ll get there eventually, but I’m not going to stress about it!

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!