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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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!)


TO ENTER

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 kerryhishon.com 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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Webinar Tomorrow! “Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical”

Webinar Tomorrow! "Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical"

I’m honoured to be joining Xandra of Heroine Training for my first-ever webinar! We’re going to be talking about all sorts of fun theatre topics and I’d love for you to join us.

Join us LIVE on Friday 3 June at 1PM BST (8am EST) for our webinar “Being the Director: Taking Charge of Your Life the Musical”

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In this webinar, you’ll learn. . .

1. How to create and take pride in your work. How just showing up can change your life, why you should always be learning, and how  “getting off book” can seriously teach you time management skills.
2. The power of teamwork and how to nourish your community. We’ll talk about how to have gratitude for your amazing team, understand their needs, and form “show circles” to come together.
3. Taking care of your self while you throw yourself into your dreams. The director’s role is to oversee the entire production, while  taking care of herself in the process. How to follow the Shakespeare’s words: “to thine own self be true”.

And so much more we could go on for six hours. (But we won’t).

I hope you’ll join us on Friday!

Click here to grab your free ticket!

See you then!

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