January 10, 2011

Listen To Your Mother

I was always lost, looking for that missing piece, and Motherhood found me, and I was home. -me



My location: Cloud Nine

Last year I had a wonderful chills up and down revelation while watching the video of Ann Imig's  production, Listen To Your Mother.

Here she combined my two life dreams- the theatre and motherhood. And, while I had thought I'd let the theatre part of me (a part of me since I was very young) wither away, I realized it was still possible. I could breathe life there again.

I immediately wrote Ann and told her she had to come to my town. She had to do this here. I envisioned myself trying out and hopefully getting to be one of the writers chosen to read my piece.

Back to Cloud Nine. And beyond. Over the moon!


Today I pretty much secured the venue and date and am finalizing the call for auditions details to produce and direct my own Listen To Your Mother show here in Valparaiso. I felt that nervous shaking and can't-contain-myself just like when I'd run my index finger down the director's casting sheet to see if I got the part. And how it felt when I did. That is an amazing feeling.

I still have to put down the money for the venue and then court my sponsors and hold auditions and so much more. But it's in my hands and I can touch it and I am so incredibly excited.

If you have any interest in auditioning, I encourage you to start gathering or writing your audition piece (choose what you would want to read if you are cast in the show.) You do not need to be a blogger or a Mother or even a woman.

And if you are wanting to attend the show, I hope you'll consider making the drive here (or to the Listen To Your Mother shows in Madison, Austin, L.A., & Spokane) and being a part of what is sure to be a huge amazing moment of my life. And one that will touch so many more.

I can't say this date and  location are absolutely "set in writing" but they are in my heart so save them anyway- Saturday May 7th at the Memorial Opera House. Audition dates are to be determined, but they will be held at Uptown Cafe. Follow along at the official Listen To Your Mother site- as details become known they will be updated there. And feel free to find me on Facebook to stay tuned as well.

And then jump up and down with me while I shiver in excitement!


41 comments:

  1. Jumping! Listening! Shivering!

    xoxo
    Ann

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  2. YAY! I'm so excited for you!!!

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  3. Steph, this is so awesome. I'm smiling so big for you right now. And I love, love hearing about women fulfilling their dreams. I am going to try to attend! Maybe we can meet then too. :)

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  4. So super super excited for you!!!

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  5. How completely awesome!! You go!!

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  6. How totally exciting and amazing and yay!!! :)

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  7. I'm so excited for you! I'm hoping to be able to make the auditions too!

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  8. This is going to be good, life changing stuff for you. I can feel it.
    And okay, when I was high school, I stopped doing theatre because I was such a wreck over auditions even though I always got a role. So I'd like to say I'll audition but probably not, though I will be in the front with a big bouquet of flowers and a lot of applause.

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  9. total and complete awesomeness! You're going to ROCK... on cloud nine with shivers and all!

    britt

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  10. Erin, I know how you feel.

    I have so much in my heart and my mind that I would love to use to audition, but I am a wreck and a mess over auditioning. I get so worked up over it. I'm a mess.

    I can't wait to see it though, I will totally be at the show.

    And just for giggles, do you have an idea of when auditions will be? Just in case I can muster up the courage?

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  11. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am watching the Listen to your Mother right now.
    Resonating. Nodding my head. Crying. Laughing.
    {and wishing I lived in Valparaiso!}

    :)

    Looking forward to future updates and jumping and cheering you on all the way over here in the Great White North. :)

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  12. SOOO fabulous! I am just so thrilled for you!!!! I wish I lived nearby!

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  13. This is so excited! I squee'd for you when I clicked on the button not long ago to see what it was. I so want to audition, it sounds like so much fun!

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  14. Okay. I so wish I lived there for real now.

    THis is so cool!

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  15. So good for you! Way to follow your heart!

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  16. Congrats to you!

    I will definitely look for dates to go to LA's!!

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  17. you and this and ann are awesome. and yes about the getting the part feeling!

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  18. I WILL BE THERE! Congratulations!!!

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  19. Jumping! Jumping! I was actually toying with going up to audition in WI with Ann. Buuuut, Valpo is so much closer. I'll be there auditioning. And if I'm not in the show, I'll be at the show.
    This is so exciting! Thanks to both you and Ann! Awesome! {I realize that was a lot of exclamation marks. I'm sorry, but this is really, really exciting.} {!!!!}

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  20. Hooray! At or after Blissdom, let's get set a date to discuss sponsors; maybe I can help.

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  21. Fantastic! So excited for you. If only I was closer, I'd call up my old theater skills and be there to audition in a second.

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  22. Are you going to tape or film it? I'd love to see it.

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  23. That is incredibly exciting. I would love to do theatre again. One day when my kids are all a little bigger - you know as in not still inside my body - I hope to be able to do that. I look forward to reading more about it.

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  24. So excited for you! Just wonderful to see a dream come true for you. And who knows? Valpo is only like 3 hours away, I've made that trip for a Portillo's sandwich in Merriville before...you never know! :)

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  25. Oh Steph, this is amazing. I am so proud of you and I'm jumping up and down while I shiver. It is so awesome. You will do such a great job.

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  26. My heart is doing a little jig for you even as I type.

    You so deserve it. Congratulations. And YIPEE!!!

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  27. I am super excited for you Steph!!

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  28. You never cease to amaze me. I'm so excited for you and this project. WHEE!!!! :D

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  29. What an amazing opportunity! So excited for you!

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  30. Not only do I hit the location lottery, I hit the friend lottery.

    CAN NOT WAIT.

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  31. Congrats, this sounds so neat! I hope you have lots of fun planning it! May 7th is an awesome date....that is the date I gave birth to my first child! :)

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  32. Oh Steph, I just read about this and had to click over to congratulate you for taking this on! It's WONDERFUL! I'm sorry I can't be there, but can't wait to hear more about it.

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  33. Oh, this is so exciting! I can't wait to hear more.

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  34. Way to go! Excited for you that you are so very excited about this!

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  35. So excited for you! Congrats! I would be shivering too!!!

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  36. omg. just found you. i used to do theatre. now i babywear. i love this. love it. looove. congratulations and thank you.

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