Win Your Own Copy of The Broadway Coloring Book! [Giveaway Closed!]

Win Your Own Copy of The Broadway Coloring Book! [Giveaway!]

Hey everyone! How’s it going? I’m still feeling a bit of post-show blues from Tarzan being over (even though it’s been nearly a month… ughhhhhh), so what better way to distract myself than with a bit of colouring? I’m partnering with Monica from Curious Custom, who has generously offered two copies of her awesome Broadway Coloring Book to give away to two of my followers! (Note: Monica is from the U.S. and I’m from Canada, so I’m going back and forth with the spelling of colouring vs. coloring in this post — it’s really weird for me to type, ha ha!)

Monica’s colouring books are all hand-drawn and totally creative. The Broadway Coloring Book features scenes from famous Broadway musicals including CabaretChicagoThe Phantom of the Opera, The King & I, Kinky Boots, and West Side Story.

Win Your Own Copy of The Broadway Coloring Book! [Giveaway!]

The Broadway Coloring Book is perfect for theatre lovers and colouring aficionados, and it makes a great gift! It’d also be great for summer drama camps and theatre classes, or for keeping young actors quiet during rehearsals when they’re on break! (Hmmm… maybe I should get a few for my Original Kids!)


There are two ways to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit CuriousCustom on Etsy and Favorite “The Broadway Coloring Book,” Like Kerry Hishon on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting me know what Broadway show you’d love to colour! (Be sure to include your current email so I can get a hold of you!)

2. Visit and follow @kerryhishon on Instagram and @curiouscustom on Instagram, find and regram this photo with the hashtag #BroadwayColoringBook and let us know what Broadway show you’d love to colour! (Your account must be public for us to be able to see it!)

The fine print: Contest is open to participants worldwide. You have until 11:59pm EST on Thursday June 30th, 2016 to enter. Two winners will be chosen at random; one on and one on Instagram. Once the winners have been contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck and happy colouring!!!

Win Your Own Copy of The Broadway Coloring Book! [Giveaway!]

Big thanks to Monica at Curious Custom for partnering with me for this giveaway!

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Win Tickets to FUERZA BRUTA in NYC! [Giveaway Closed!]

Win Tickets to FUERZA BRUTA in NYC! [Giveaway!]

That’s right — I’m so excited to be hosting my first giveaway here on the blog! And this is a great prize — two tickets to see FUERZA BRUTA at the Daryl Roth Theatre in New York City!

Celebrating 10 years worldwide, FUERZA BRUTA is an uninhibited and unforgettable show you have to see to believe! This theatrical thrill ride combines euphoria-inducing live music and breathtaking aerial displays in a performance that’s as exhilarating as it is addictive. Flood your senses and experience the “sexy, heart-pounding fantasy” (Daily News) of FUERZA BRUTA.

FUERZA BRUTA has visited 50 cities around the world and has had over 5000 performances! Meaning “brute force” in Spanish, the show originated in Buenos Aires and has been running downtown, Off-Broadway in New York at the Daryl Roth Theatre since 2007, and is described as a “360 degree experience.”

Here’s a sneak peek:


Sound like fun? Of course! So… how do you win? Easy peasy! There is a link below that you can click to see lots of different ways to enter to win:

The giveaway is now closed.

Win Tickets to FUERZA BRUTA in NYC! [Giveaway!]

Pretty cool, right? I’m so excited to share this fantastic prize with my readers. I wish I could win this prize myself! I love New York City, and having new theatrical experiences is so fun. So take a chance — Find more about FUERZA BRUTA here (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) and enter to win!

Just in case you missed it:
The giveaway is now closed.

Terms & Conditions: Open to legal residents of the United States only, who will be in New York City area before October 1, 2015. Winners are selected at random. If chosen, you must provide your own transportation to and from the Daryl Roth Theatre. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Contest closes August 25, 2015 at 12 AM EST.

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Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

I am a Medieval Times junkie. I’ve been every year since 2011 and I’m still not sick of it. I’m obsessed with swords, horses and all things royal — I’d totally work at Medieval Times if they hired female Knights! (Hint, hint!!!)

Medieval Times is fantastic entertainment for everyone — families young and old, big groups, and adults alike. It’s not just for little kids — everyone can truly enjoy the pageantry, the service, the food and the show. It’s always so much fun!

Since I consider myself to be somewhat of a Medieval Times expert, read on for my three top tips for enjoying your experience at Medieval Times!

1. Arrive early.

When you book your tickets, you’ll be told when you can arrive — generally an hour before the show starts. I definitely recommend arriving nice and early for a number of reasons. First, you’ll need to check in with your party to pick up your seating cards and crown. You’ll line up in a queue to have your photo taken with a member of the Medieval Times cast — I’ve had my photo taken with the King, the Princess, and the Royal Falconer.

Once you arrive in the Great Hall, you’ll have time to look at the animals (the stables and falcon’s areas are really cool — sometimes the Royal Falconer brings one of the birds out to see up close!), check out the Museum of Torture (there’s a small admission fee), get a beverage (tons of fancy goblets, steins and mugs are available to quaff from), and peruse the gift shop (everything from tiaras and cheering flags to figurines and big fancy swords!). You’ll also be able to see Knighting ceremonies that happen before the show — you can even be made a Knight or Lady of the Realm! (I was made a Lady of the Realm last year on my birthday!)

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

2. Let yourself splurge a little.

You can purchase a ticket, show up, and just enjoy the show, but to be perfectly honest, I recommend spoiling yourself a bit and upgrading your ticket. Medieval Times offers three different ticket packages (Royalty, King’s Royalty, and Celebration) which include fun upgrades including VIP seating, photo packages, and special souvenirs. I usually get the Celebration package when I go to Medieval Times because you get a slice of birthday cake with your meal! It doesn’t matter if it’s not actually your birthday. Any day is a great day for birthday cake!

I also always pick up a little something from the gift shop as a memory of my trip. Each time I sit in a different Knight’s section, I get a miniature goblet shotglass in that Knight’s colour. I also get a cheering flag, and of course, the commemorative photo (which is dated). Maybe I’m a sucker, but it makes me happy, so I will indulge my medieval magpie!

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

3. Go in with an attitude of fun!

The moment you walk in the castle gates, you are treated like royalty. The staff at the castle will refer to you as My Lord or My Lady — enjoy it! Be prepared, you don’t get to pick which Knight’s section you’re in. I’ve been in the Black & White Knight’s section at least three times — guess that Knight is my champion!

Be ready to don a paper crown in your Knight’s colour and cheer like a maniac for your trusty and handsome Knight. After each round of competition, Knights who successfully complete the round receive flowers from the Princess to give to ladies in the crowd! If you want a flower, be sure to show your appreciation!

And don’t be afraid to get a little down and dirty — it’s true, you have to eat with your hands!

If you’re at the last performance of the night, after the show you can go back into the Great Hall and meet the Knights! They pose for photos and sign autographs, so go enjoy!

Medieval Times is way more fun when you’re not afraid to be a little silly, so go in with an attitude of fun and no matter which Knight is victorious, you’re already a winner.


So hopefully by now I’ve convinced you that Medieval Times is fantastically fun, and you’re raring to go. Here’s a great deal for you to enjoy — buy one, get one FREE!

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

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Recommended Reading: Drama Notebook

Recommended Reading: Drama Notebook

As a director and teacher, I’m always on the lookout for new exercises, lessons, and ideas that I can share with my actors and students. I love collecting new information about theatre and finding games and fun topics I can use in classes and rehearsal. Drama Notebook is a fantastic resource for all that and more — as it says in their title, they’ve got new drama activities, lesson plans, scripts, curriculum, and a huge collection of theatre games all in one place! There’s even a special members-only area which gets you access to over 2,500 pages of drama activities, lesson plans, scripts, and videos.

Drama Notebook is a really great resource for teaching youth of all ages. I’ve used a number of the warm-ups and games in my T.A.G. (The Actor Grows) classes at OKTC; my favourite warm-up is probably Zip Zap Zop for getting the voice and body warmed up, and just to get silly! Check it out!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

I will never say no to a crazy adventure.  So when Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre invited me to come check out their new show, Speakeasy: A Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery on June 6, of course I said “YES!”

Shawn loves travelling to Toronto, so he took it upon himself to book our hotel.  He surprised me by booking a suite at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville.  Located at 90 Bloor Street East, this hotel has fantastic service and comfortable, spacious rooms, and is literally steps away from the gorgeous Yorkville shopping district.  Our suite was on the top floor and had a huge sitting room, a big comfy bed, two flat screen televisions and lots of storage space to spread out in.

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

The hotel has valet parking and a very helpful staff, who catered to our every need.  I mentioned on Twitter that I was excited about our upcoming mini-getaway, and their Twitter team (@MarriottBloor) wrote back right away!  It’s always nice to connect with hotels before you go there, in case you need to ask questions or request something special.  The only drawbacks that I noticed is that there is no swimming pool in this hotel, and wireless internet is available in-room, but it’s not free.

The drive to Toronto was ridiculous… there is a lot of road work going on at the moment, and the commute took much longer than it usually does.  However, the Marriott has a staircase that takes you straight down to the subway, and just a few minutes later I was at Mysteriously Yours to meet up with my friend Maggie, who was my date for the evening.  (Shawn went to Mysteriously Yours with me back in August 2013, so he suggested I bring someone who’d never been before… I suspect that there was a hockey or baseball game on that he wanted to watch!)

Maggie is a Toronto native, but had never been to Mysteriously Yours before.  I didn’t give her much in the way of details, other than letting her know that there is definitely audience participation involved in a murder mystery dinner!  Like I said in my last post about Mysteriously Yours, “Murder mysteries are not for the shy or faint of heart — the actors will come right up to you and start a conversation, no matter how much you try to hide!”  The characters (which included Al Capone, Sam Spade and Mae West, as well as a Doctor who looked eerily similar to Doc Brown from Back to the Future!) all interacted with us, giving clues and dropping one-liners and innuendo all night long!  Many of the characters were particularly interested in Maggie’s tattoo!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

I remember the food at Mysteriously Yours being excellent the last time I attended, but this time we had a different situation: Maggie is vegan, and I definitely wanted to make sure that she would be able to eat the food there!  What’s the point of attending a dinner theatre if you can’t eat the dinner?!  I emailed ahead to let them know about our needs, and they were more than happy to accommodate us!  We were served a vegan potato soup to start.  My main course was salmon with aioli, quinoa and asparagus, and Maggie was served risotto.  For dessert I got the salted caramel brownie, and Maggie got a ridiculously yummy sorbet.  How they got the flavour to be so strong, I have no idea!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

The current show, Speakeasy, is set in the 1920’s at the “Emerald City Night Club” with a twist — the slogan “Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh My!” gives it away, don’t you think?  Well, I must be a slow one, because I didn’t notice the Wizard of Oz influence until Maggie pointed it out!  (Duhhhhh…)

The actors give clues throughout the night and it’s up to the audience to figure out whodunit!  All the audience members are given a ballot near the end of the evening to guess who the murderer is, and what clues brought you to your solution.  I won’t reveal any spoilers, but know that if you guess correctly, you can win a prize!  Maggie solved the mystery and was one of the prizewinners — her prize consisted of a reusable Mysteriously Yours shopping bag, a travel mug, and lip balm.  After dinner, the cast is available to take photos with the audience members — of course, I couldn’t resist a photo op!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

After dinner, Maggie and I met up with Shawn at Three Speed for some post-mystery drinks before we headed back to the Marriott for a good night’s rest.  Shawn and I returned to our room to find this awesome surprise on the desk:

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Totally unexpected… but what a treat!  Yummy chocolates, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and blueberries, bottled water and a lovely note.  Thank you, Marriott team!  That’s great service!

The next morning we headed out for some retail therapy in Yorkville (although we didn’t buy much!) and checked out all the fancy designer shops at Holt Renfrew.  I don’t think Shawn could ever fathom spending ____ amount of money on a single shirt or pair of pants, but it’s fun to browse and daydream!

We had so much fun… I wish we could have stayed longer!  But we’ll be back soon, I’m sure!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Mysteriously Yours event free of charge.  Hotel was booked through  All opinions are my own.  Photos taken by me with my iPhone.