Thanks Full

by carisa on May 6, 2016

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From left to right: Amy McMullen, Susan Fleming, Becky Rude, Mandy Tuthill, Carisa Miller, Sue Campbell, Sandy Parks (stinker-she’s hiding back there), Kate Carroll de Gutes, Leslie Williams, Rita Ott Ramstad, and Kylene Moss Grell. Photo by Lizilu Photographer.

We’ve got gratitude, yes we do, we’ve got gratitude…for you! (How embarrassing. I’ve reverted twenty years,  to my accidental cheerleading days.)  It’s true though, Susan and I, we’re feeling thankful. The third annual Listen To Your Mother:Portland show was a dynamite success. Stories told, tears cried, laughs belted out loud. We’re grateful for the chance to put the show together and we loved doing it.

We’re also grateful for the tremendous amount of  support we received in so many forms.

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To our storytellers, Sue Campbell, Kylene Moss Grell, Becky Rude, Mandy Tuthill, Rita Ott Ramstad, Kate Carroll de Gutes, Sandy Parks, Amy McMullen, and Leslie Williams: Bravo, Hell-Yeah, Wowwy-Wow-Wow, and Oh-My-Gawd.  You were amazing. You are amazing. Amazing!

 

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To our audience who held us tenderly as we braved the stage. You carried us; your support was palpable.

Our local sponsors are the cream of the crop. We are so lucky to work with Portland businesses with whom we naturally, and happily, do business. It’s easy to sing your praises, having personally been on the receiving end of your stellar goods and services. Thank you, Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC; Crafty Wonderland; Lizilu Photography; Macadam Dental; Hoot-N-Annie’s Children’s Resale Boutique; Christina Hamilton of ReMax; and Oodles4Kids toy store.

We are grateful to the Alberta Rose Theatre, for three years as our venue, to Graham Nystrom for filming our show, Elizabeth Sattelberger for photographing, and to Magnum Opus for their kind contribution.

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We are thankful to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line for the incredible work they do towards eradicating domestic and sexual violence, and proud to have supported with them 10% of our ticket sales these last three years.

To Ann Imig and the entire national Listen To Your Mother team: thank you for the opportunity, for your guidance and your uncanny ability to be at the ready with answers for over a hundred directors and producers across the time zone spectrum.

To Susan Fleming, who I likely didn’t brief thoroughly enough on the extent of this undertaking when I invited her to produce the show with me: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope you’re still speaking to me. You brought great ideas and extra bananas, have been tolerant of me, and a pleasure to work with.

Now sit back and relax a while all you Listen To Your Mother lovelies, we’ll holler this summer when the 2016 videos roll out.

Until then!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To the Show!

by carisa on May 2, 2016

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We are just a few days away…

…from nerves, and dry mouths, and, “What made me think I could do this?”

…from spotting loved ones in the audience and deciding whether to focus on them to draw strength, or to look away and let ourselves be blinded by the stage lights, pretending we’re back in our own bedroom reading our story for the cat.

…from a theatre full of hundreds, laughing at our jokes and crying along with our struggles, not a stranger in the entire place.

…from “I did it,” and, “What a rush!” and people coming up to say, “I was so touched by your story,” and, “I’ve been there, too.”

…from all at once feeling at home and touched down in a whole new world.

…from connecting.

Join us at theAlberta Rose Theatre for the third annual Listen To Your Mother:Portland  THIS Thursday, May 5th, 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets HERE

See you there!

 

To learn more about our storytellers, visit the Portland Bios Page

To find one of 41 local shows near you and to learn more about Listen To Your Mother, start at the LTYM Homepage

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