May 9, 2011

Forty tickets shy of selling out.


I thought that maybe if I gave it a couple days I'd have this super awesome re-cap of how it all went but honestly, I am still feeling very, wobbly? Kind of nervous still, and I guess the best word I can come up with is unsure. 

I am unsure how I feel about it all just yet. Mostly because I don't think it's hit me that it's over.

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getting lined up to go on stage...

I can tell you what I do know. We were forty tickets shy of selling out. That was beyond my expectations. To have a full house is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. Most of all, I wanted to show off my cast. I am very proud of myself for the most important part of Listen To Your Mother: the cast. I could not wait to show them and their stories off. To hear the audience ROAR with laughter (and I mean, roar, and for longer lengths of time than we ever could have practiced our pauses or imagined in rehearsal) and hold their breath, wipe their tears - that was like a dream. But it wasn't. It was real. It was absolute validation. It was awesome.

Beyond all that, it's kind of a blur. I wish it was for more than one night. I wish we could do it again this weekend. I wish we could go on tour. I think maybe after the video is online and everyone everywhere can watch, that will be pretty cool. I want to show it off, I really do. I can not believe it myself that I actually did this. I am so glad I did.

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Listen To Your Mother, NW Indiana cast 2011

Stephanie Precourt, director/producer


edited to add: yes, there will be a Listen To Your Mother 2012 in Northwest Indiana. 


photos by Beth Fletcher Photography

26 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Stephanie! It sounds like you hit it out of the park! I can't wait to see it when it gets posted online, and I know I'll wish I'd been there.

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  2. This is wonderful -- that so many people came to celebrate motherhood and hear stories from the journey. :) I so wish I would have been there. I'm pulling for next year.

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  3. I'm so proud of you! I really wanted to be there - this mother's day was tough for me. I'll also pulling for next year.

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  4. Steph, you and the cast did such a great job. And for me, just an attendee, my head is still spinning! My heart and mind are so full, trying to remember each and every story and message. (Thank God for video.) Anyway, so I can only imagine what you're experiencing.

    And yes, go on tour!

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  5. Congrats on a job well done! The show was really fantastic! Even watching it as a non-mom, it was powerful and I'm glad I was able to see it performed live!

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  6. I love how your feeling!! I wish, wish I could be there, but alone time with my hubby (on our 17th anniversary) was more important, I'm sure you understand! I can't wait til it happens again, even next year on the same weekend works for me! congrats on a job well done!!! KUDDOS!

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  7. So, honestly, just from your brief little recap of the roaring laughter and the moments for tears, chills cover my body and tears fill my eyes. The emotion that night, the intense, beautiful, raging emotion that spilled out from that stage, it's something we, as the audience, will never, ever recover from.

    We (Brian and I) still talk about it like we saw The Beatles on stage. We wished for an encore performance, the next night and the next and the next.

    Honestly, even after writing all of this? I still do not have the words to describe to you what you accomplished on May 7, 2011 in the tiny city of Valparaiso, Indiana. Even though you think you know? I don't think you'll ever really know.

    But one word comes to mind:

    EPIC.

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  8. i am SO PROUD of you!!! and of the cast, as well. i cannot WAIT to watch the video of it. you deserve a spa day. :)

    oooh ... take it on tour. yes!!

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  9. Do you have any idea when the show will be posted online?

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  10. I want to see that video SO BAD!!

    AND, I want to say that I get chills just reading this so I can ONLY imagine how I would have been if I'd been at your awesome, wonderful show.

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  11. I can't wait for it to be available online so I can see it.

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  12. Oh, Steph! I was wondering about how you'd feel when it was all over. Birthed, if you don't mind that metaphor.

    Such a huge undertaking will take time to process. But it's not over, nor will it ever be as long as people who experienced it turn over what they heard in their minds and hearts.

    It's not over. That's what I'm trying to say. Good things never really end.

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  13. Congratulations!! You are so amazing and I'm so glad that it worked out so well! I'd been praying like crazy for you all!

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  14. Absolutely EPIC. BTW, I have a blog now!! yellingwithmyheart.blogspot.com
    luv, liz from the show!!

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  15. You and the cast did an amazing job. The show was fabulous and I was sitting there with my tissues to my nose and laughing the entire time, not ready for it to end.

    BRAVO!!!!

    is it to late for an encore??

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  16. So proud of you Steph! Wish I could have been there!

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  17. I'm so happy for you Steph. You were made for this! I so wish I could have been there! But I thought about you on Saturday when I was "running" :) love you! jil

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  18. It was brilliant. I want to see it all over again and soak up all the emotion. You should be so proud of yourself.

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  19. It was a fabulous show. You should be very proud of yourself!

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  20. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! I look forward to watching it online!

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  21. Congratulations - it sounds so, so fabulous. We clearly need one of these in my neck of the woods.

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  22. Congratulations! I can't wait until it's online!

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  23. Everyone who was there has already said how brilliant and fabulous it was, so I'll just echo them... and say again, how proud I am that you followed your dream.

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  24. You did LTYM so so so proud. Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart and biggest dreams.

    Thank you for giving LTYM such a beautiful day.

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  25. SO proud of you.

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  26. So glad everything went so well for you, Steph. I had no doubt that it would!!!

    Keeping it real for a second...I had every intention of going but my heart was still a little sad about not being a part of it. I know that's stupid, but I decided that watching it online might be a bit easier for me. BUT I am super excited to hear about 2012. My personal goal is to give it one more try. It's just too awesome of an idea!

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