Listen to Your Mother is coming to La Crosse!
It’s safe to say I’m really excited to be bringing this national production that gives motherhood a microphone to my city.
If you haven’t heard about LTYM, it all started six years ago in Madison, WI with a mom and blogger named Ann Imig. She put the first show together in two months, folks! This woman is a woman after my gamechanger heart.
Now, La Crosse, WI is 1 of 41 cities across the country (and Canada) producing a live on-stage performance of original, true stories about mothers and motherhood!
Every city has a different show. Yet every city is recognizing the humorous, heartfelt, sometimes hurtful, hopefully helpful stories that come from our mothers or from being a mother.
But here’s another cool thing!
It’s really inclusive. So the show is open to women AND men. You can write about being a mother. You can write about your mother. OR you can write about the person who raised you.
Auditions are coming up all over! If you’re interested, check out the participating cities and see if there’s a show near you!
For my local friends, auditions are at the end of this month, February 20th, 22nd, and 24th by appointment. And the show date is April 30th. You can visit the Listen to Your Mother – La Crosse blog for full details.
Why am I so happy to bring LTYM to La Crosse?
Because we have a bustling arts community here with so much talent. And I’m sure a lot of people with great stories! No prior stage experience is needed. But what I truly love is the mission behind LTYM, who is committed to sharing diverse stories from all kinds of people. That’s what I love about freelance writing, interviewing strangers, performing improv, and working with my writers group.
Plus, proceeds from every show go back to an organization that benefits women and families. I’m thrilled to be working with the local YWCA for our show, whose mission is to end racism and empower women and girls.
My Local Production Team: L to R – Beth Erickson, Me, Molly Hilligoss
My production team is amazing! I’m super proud to be working with Beth Erickson, owner and editor of Jobe Communications LLC, and Molly Hilligoss, diversity and social justice advocate from the local YWCA.
We’ve been waiting a long time to hear your stories!!
Seriously, this is us gathering last November for an early Thanksgiving lunch production team meeting.
Since I had just signed them up for a lot of work,
I thought the least I could do was cook for them.
You don’t have to be a professional performer or writer to try out. You could have been on stage 100 times or 0 times. We’ll cast our show based on the full spectrum of stories we hear – kind of like making a great playlist.
So start writing, La Crosse!
Everyone has a mother story.
I know it’s not Guilty Pleasure Friday, but maybe, just maybe, this little confessional couldn’t wait. As many of you know, I’ve been a busy bee at work with inventory, which means I’m living nocturnally at the moment, hence the later postings. But I’ve been preparing. When someone works the hours of 4pm to 3am and 7pm to 5am, it throws off your sleep schedule! So, I’ve stocked up on guilty pleasure TV to watch when I get home and I’m wound up, or when I wake up at 2 in the afternoon still tired!
Ok, little known fact about me. *cough* I used to be in Show Choir. It’s not something I would normally admit. Truth is, for all the time I spent wishing I was in it, the glitz and glamour that is crusty hairsprayed hair and scratchy sequin costumes is not all it’s cracked up to be. Someday I’ll tell you all about how the director said I ruined his show when I got my hair cut. True story.
For now, I’m enjoying a little blast down memory lane while watching GLEE. Yep, there, I’ve admitted it. I started watching GLEE. The completely over the top TV dramedy about a show choir at Mt. McKinley High. The newly reformed “New Directions” Glee Club is full of misfits, misfits who just happen to sing their asses off. The key performers are Rachel, the mildly annoying, goody-two-shoes, up and coming starlet played by Lea Michelle, who’s been doing lots of interviews lately and is sometimes made fun of for her impeccable posture during said interviews. It really is kind of unhuman.
Then there’s Finn, the football quarterback/lead male vocalist? Finn is your all American guy who can’t ever quite decide if he’ll suck up the popularity contest and actually stay in Glee, even if it means getting slushie dumped all over you.
You can’t not take notice of Mercedes, the show’s other stellar singer find! She’s a young Beyonce’/Jennifer Hudson kind of gal! I don’t understand why her clothes have so many neon stripes going on all the time, but I’m no fashionista.
And my other favorite is Kirk. Kirk is kind of the stereotypical gay kid character, but I really like him anyway. He’s hilarious. I think my favorite moment is when he helps lead the football team to victory by getting them to dance and loosen up. It’s pretty awesome.
Still don’t believe me that you should probably watch Glee?
If that video alone doesn’t excite you, then let me introduce to you quite possibly my favorite character on the show: Sue Sylvester. Played by Jane Lynch, a favorite actress of mine, Sue only wears Adidas track suits and she coaches the school’s money-making Cheerleading team, the Cheerios! For years, Sue’s been on top of the teaching world because her team always wins and her group gets pretty much all the funding. (Their uniforms are dry cleaned in Europe!) Now that Will Schuester, the Spanish teacher, took over Glee Club, these kids are giving Sue a run for her money. But she is no easy villain to back down. Listen to these hilarious clips of Sue’s plans:
Aren’t you already just a little bit hooked? Don’t you feel that hours spent surfing YouTube videos all about this cast is time well spent? I do. I’m now a “Gleek”.
If you’ll excuse me, I have Season 2 to pick up from the library. What guilty pleasure got you going this week?