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Meet the Cast: Marsha, Cynthia and Kelly

by taya on April 27, 2017

Hey there Baltimore!!! 

There are only 2 more sleeps until our show on April 29 and we are EXCITED!!!!!!! 

Each week we’ll be giving a little sneak peek at our cast members. 

Today we are featuring Marsha, Cynthia and Kelly!


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LTYM: Who is Marsha Wight Wise?

MARSHA: I’m a native Baltimorean, a graduate of Seton High School and the University of Baltimore. I share a home with John, my husband of 20 years, and our children The Three Wise Men – Matthew (19), Jared (16), and Jason (13). I’m a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. When not showing houses, you can be find me giving historic tours of Baltimore through Baltimore Heritage, Inc. I’m is author of four non-fiction books about local history. And when I need to rant or make an odd observation, I blog at Pulling-Taffy.com.

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

MARSHA: Last year I had read several discussions posted by fellow bloggers regarding LTYM in some of the Facebook groups I am a member of. I finally got around to googling it and discovered that auditions in my area had been held the week before. Always a day late and a dollar short, as my mother would say.  I emailed the producer to find out this year’s dates and put them on my calendar. I wrote my piece, which had been rattling around in my head for about a year, the morning of the audition. I was just getting over the flu and felt like hell. I blindly put the address into my GPS and headed out for the audition to find myself parking directly across the street from a place that provided sad memories. To say I was rattled was an understatement. I read my piece with a hoarse voice and cried through most of my audition. I was sure I hadn’t gotten in but here I am!

 

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LTYM: What your favorite piece that you’ve written?

MARSHA: My favorite thing I have ever blogged about was the death of our young cat Daisy. Her burial epitomizes how nutty our household is. http://www.pulling-taffy.com/dead-cat-in-a-pickle-bucket/

LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

MARSHA: That’s an easy answer: happiness. I want them to wake up happy for a new day and go to sleep feeling accomplished. I want them to find their passion, their dream, and make it their reality. I want them to want less stuff and more memorable experiences in life. And I want them to put me in the nice nursing home one day and not the state run one I told them to put their father in.

 

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You can follow Marsha’s blog HERE


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LTYM: Who is Cynthia Dixon?

CYNTHIA: I am a proud New York Puerto Rican woman who encourages others to know where they’ve come from, so that they will have a vision of where they are going. I empower them to be powerful; it’s our right. I am a self motivator, self love and self-awareness advocate. I love to work out, it’s how I spend time with myself. I am a lifetime Giants fan. I am a new author. I am a part of a book anthology called. “No More Chains” that has afforded me the opportunity to stand in my truth. I am a proud HBCU graduate of Langston University where I studied Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

CYNTHIA: I discovered LTYM in the Mocha Moms facebook group that I am a part of. Someone posted the audition in the group and I said to myself, “do it afraid”. So I did. Fear set in for a minute. I’ve been sharing my story from my book and to see the impact it has made on their lives, I knew that I had to continue to share my freedom.

 

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LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your parents as individual people and not just “mom” and “dad”?

CYNTHIA: I started thinking about my parents as individuals when I could no longer figure them out. Especially after going to therapy. I had to meet them where they were in their journey to forgive them so that I can move past the pain in mine.

LTYM: What does motherhood mean to you?

CYNTHIA: Motherhood is a gift. A sacred task given to me by the Most High. I don’t take my gifts lightly, biologically, blended or extended. It’s an honor to be in this position, a indescribable feeling. I get to mold amazing young beings in a world filled with obstacles, opportunity and motivation.

 

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You can follow Cynthia’s blog HERE

 


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LTYM: Who is Kelly Claire?

KELLY: I’m a mom, wife, writer and self taught photographer.  When I’m not navigating a sticky situation (literally) with my children, I find joy in capturing the innocence and magic of childhood with my camera.  I am much more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it, but alas, I’ve managed to dig up a few pictures of myself for Listen to Your Mother.

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

KELLY: I learned of Listen to Your Mother through a social media connection with a host of another city’s LTYM show.  At the time I learned about the show, I had been feeling called to return to writing to share and connect with other moms who have had similar experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety. But… when the time came to audition, I chickened out on sharing her most deeply personal stories and instead went with a comedy piece that almost any mom can relate to.

 

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

KELLY: I wish most for my children is that they grow up feeling confident in themselves, secure in my love, and happy. I don’t care if they want to live in a one room studio apartment and run a bait shop for a living as long as they’re happy and well adjusted. Our modern day to day life is becoming more and more complicated, and I don’t want my children to feel overwhelmed with no sense of direction. I work hard daily to help them know themselves better and feel confident in their decisions, even the wrong ones because you can always learn a good lesson for the future.

LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just mom?

KELLY: My parents had me a little too young and a shot gun wedding to boot.  This led to some rocky times throughout my childhood and during many of those rocky times, I would fight with my mom quite intensely.  One day while in college, after getting a small of a taste of the real world, I recall writing my mom a letter apologizing for any mean things I had said to her as a teen because I knew in my heart that both of my parents were really doing the best that they could with the resources that they had at the time.  Sometimes, their best wasn’t up to par when I compared it to what I was seeing in my friends’ homes so I was resentful, but as a senior in college, some switch flipped, and I suddenly knew in my gut that my parents had worked really hard despite any troubled times we had and that comparison is the enemy of happiness.  It’s been really neat to see my own mother develop relationships with her grandkids that are more fun and free spirited than you are able to be with your own children.

 

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You can follow Kelly’s blog HERE


We hope you’ll join us at the show in 2 days. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
6pm
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium
on the campus of Mercy High School
1300 E. Northern Parkway

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets until 12pm on Friday, 28. After that, tickets will be available at the door for $20. Cash is encouraged.

Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available.

In addition to a portion of ticket sales that will be provided to our charity, the Geraldine Young Life Center, they are in need of cleaning and household products for the 12 family apartments. Items that are always needed are sponges, dish detergent, Brillo, rubber gloves, Windex, Pine Sol, detergents, fabric softener, bleach, dryer sheets, garbage bags, air fresheners, Clorox wipes, etc. We will have collection boxes in the lobby on show day, so please, please bring an item to donate!

As always, if you have any questions regarding the show, please email us at ltymbaltimore@gmail.com or call us at 410-775-6721 and we’d be happy to chat with you.

See you on Saturday, ok?

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AIRS 25 logo

Each year, across the country, all cities within the Listen To Your Mother show family, donate at least 10% of their proceeds to a local charity.  This part of the LTYM mission has been of particular importance to our team here in Baltimore and we’ve actually chosen to donate 25% each year.  We have gifted the House of Ruth Maryland, My Sister’s Circle, and The Baltimore Child Abuse Center with over $2200 from our 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons!  Throughout Baltimore, many young women are currently vulnerable and in great need, so are pleased to be able to support another great charitable organization, the Geraldine Young Family Life Center, operating under AIRS.

Part of the LTYM magic is the connection. The bond that forms between cast members is profound and permanent. The process is unlike any other and after the show, there is a unbreakable bond. Some will continue a friendship and others will fade away as gently as a spring breeze. But the bond will never break. During 2014, our very first season, we had the pleasure of casting Hilary Sigasmondi. Hilary worked at the Geraldine Young Family Life Center. In 2015, we had the please of casting a former resident of the GYFLC. It seemed all too perfect for our grand finale show to support such a worthy organization that is doing so much here in Baltimore.

The GYFLC is a transitional living program serving parenting youth, ages 18-24 that provides supportive case management, independent living skills training, educational and job coaching to support job skills and income growth for homeless or unstably housed youth and their children. Residential services are available for 12 young parents and their children for a period of up to 24 months.

We took a tour of the GYFLC facilities and were thoroughly impressed with the dedication and passion of the staff, as well as the actual facility. This program and facility provides the kind of support that can make the difference between a young person succumbing to tough times without any trusted allies and resources and a young person getting the physical, logistical and emotional support they need to change the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their children.

In addition to the portion of ticket sales that will be provided to the GYFLC, they are in need of cleaning and household products for the 12 family apartments. Items that are always needed are sponges, dish detergent, Brillo, rubber gloves, Windex, Pine Sol, detergents, fabric softener, bleach, dryer sheets, garbage bags, air fresheners, Clorox wipes, etc. We will have collection boxes in the lobby on show day, so please, please bring an item to donate!

We hope you’ll join us at the show in 6 days. Here are the details:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
6pm
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium
on the campus of Mercy High School
1300 E. Northern Parkway

These ladies can’t wait to share their stories with you!

View More: http://jensnyder.pass.us/ltym-2017

Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets. Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available.  Tomorrow we will have our last spotlight featuring our final 3 cast members. As always, if you have any questions regarding the show, please email us at ltymbaltimore@gmail.com and we’d be happy to chat with you.  See you on Saturday, ok?

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