August 28, 2011

I Can't Wait For Bedtime

I Can't Wait For Bedtime starts at the :54 mark 

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Stephanie Precourt (yeah, that's me)...

Stephanie Precourt lives in Valparaiso with husband Jeff and four awesome kids- Noah, Carter, Grayson, & Ivy LaRue. She is also a freelance writer for's Strollerderby and NWI Parent Magazine, and journals her daily life at, twitters: @babysteph.

Stephanie was so thrilled to be on stage again after a very long (married with four children) hiatus. Growing up she had great plans to be on Broadway, in the movies, or directing children's theatre. But mostly she finds that she and her husband Jeff are best at managing every kind of drama, tragedy, and comedy in their little home with their four very entertaining kids

Thoughts from Steph: "To be absolutely honest, I would have preferred to only direct and produce my Listen To Your Mother Valpo show and not read a piece.  But, "I Can't Wait For Bedtime" is so my life and sums me up quite well, and I do think it fell into place in the end. But I can't say that I would have cast myself if I had to audition ::cough::

My hope was to write something original for the show but my concentration was entirely on the production as a whole (my dream!) and I just couldn't get my brain to grasp composing a piece to read as well. Also, I was immensely intimidated by my cast. I mean, their readings were perfection and I just didn't know how I was going to follow that. But, I must say that my cast was my baby, my marvelous composition, and I am totally okay with that. I am so thankful for Listen To Your Mother and- it's been almost four months since our performance- I continue to get chills and tears in my eyes when I replay that night over in my mind. It was a phenomenal experience and I am so proud."

A little message from Ann Imig, creator of Listen To Your Mother: "In January 2010 Listen To Your Mother wasn’t even a protozoan of an idea yet. Steph made such an impression on me because at that time I struggled with my own goals and purpose in the online space. Steph clearly knew hers and used them with intention to build something quality, and I admired her for it.

After I put the 2010 show online, Steph tweeted that she watched it from start to finish while cleaning her closet. A 90 minute video online from start to finish? How many of us make it past 50 seconds when someone sends us a “must-see” youtube link? It meant so much to me that Steph took that time, and soon after I received the very first request of its kind for me to consider--

How could I get you to come to Valparaiso?

I responded:
Although this was supposed to be my "rest and reflect" period, I am already thinking about next year and thinking big. Not sure how big yet. I will definitely keep you, Valparaiso and this email in mind as this all marinates. 

Then I took three months to assess what made the Madison show successful, and what it would take to replicate it. I’m learning the easiest and most successful towns to produce LTYM shows are those communities where relatively low overhead expenses meet sizeable venues, and combine with a strong sense of local community. Add an experienced person skilled in networking and relating authentically and effectively in that community like Stephanie (both with social networking and with local people), and you can hit it out of the park.

In addition to being a Valpo and blog superstar, Steph makes a wonderful colleague. I felt so supported by her throughout this huge national expansion and trusted her implicitly. The heart and soul she brought to her production carried the LTYM torch, and I feel so grateful to her for honoring the vision and making it such a success."

This is the last installment in my Sunday feature "behind the scenes" of each Listen To Your Mother Valparaiso/NW Indiana piece. You can watch the entire show on the Listen To Your Mother Show YouTube channel here or see each piece listed and linked here and here.


  1. Thank you. and ENCORE! ENCORE! ENCORE!


  2. Awesome mama! Awesome! I have enjoyed watching Listen To Your Mother each week as I am quite far away from you. Great job Steph!

  3. Oh, you so totally nailed it with the whack-a-mole factor. Brilliant. I laughed out loud and teared up at the end--the sign of a great artist. And PS. *So* great to hear your voice with your cute Chicago accent. Miss you!


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