Tom Hearn and The Miracle on Mercer Street - Paul Bellini - Bellini's 8 1/2 - MyGaytoronto
Tom Hearn and The Miracle on Mercer Street 17 November 2017.
Tom Hearn is a happening young comedian. He is currently in the cast of The Sketchersons, who do a new show every Sunday night; he's in a troupe with Erica Gellert called Tom and Erica, which won Best Ensemble at a recent Fringe fest; he runs an improv group called Kinsey Fail; he's one of the nominees for this year's Tim Sims Encouragement Fund; and, he's gay.
Tom is also starring in Second City's upcoming Christmas show, Miracle on Mercer Street. Written and directed by Reid Janisse, it's a puppet show that tells the story of a real live 13-year-old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. But the town is being torn apart as the residents clash over their different traditions, and by a dastardly mayor's plan to chop down the town's oldest tree. Can the townspeople come together to save the tree, and enjoy the holidays in peace?
But back to Tom. "I've done theatre my whole life," he tells me over phone. "I bring an LGBT flavour to the stage. Getting gay people on stage is kind of my thing. Any time I get to present a sketch with a bit of flair, I do. I'm still learning how far I can push it." Case in point - when he started his LGBTQ improv show Kinsey Fail, he thought it was amazing that there were eight other members. "Now it's up to 25," he exclaimed. "Our audience, too, is largely gay, which is a different sort of audience than Bad Dog Theatre usually gets." Any plans to bring the show to the Village? "We've done shows at Glad Day. It's fun to do shows in the Village, to be in a room where everyone is queer."
Meanwhile, he's delighted to be entertaining children this Christmas with Miracle on Mercer Street. "It's a sweet little play, about diversity and celebrating differences, and it's family-oriented. I like kids. They give you an honest reaction, plus this type of story is important for them to hear."