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Meet the Cast: Heather, Montia and Nasrene

by taya on March 30, 2017

Hey there Baltimore!!! 

There are only 4 weeks 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 Heather, Montia and Nasrene!

 


Introducing Heather Christie

 

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LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

HEATHER: A friend performed in the 2016 Lehigh Valley LTYM show last and it sounded like a wonderful experience. I’d lived in Baltimore for seven years when I was first married so I figured I’d come to Baltimore and audition. I thought I wouldn’t get picked because it was a larger market, but that it would be good practice and then I’d audition in Lehigh Valley. I was thrilled to be chosen! It’s great to be back in Baltimore and I’ve used the rehearsals as a great excuse to meet up with old friends and a bunch of them are coming to the show.

 

LTYM: As a writer, please share your favorite piece with us.

HEATHER: I am a novelist and in an effort to build an audience of readers, I started a blog in January 2016 called Heather Christie’s Sunday Morning Stories. One of my favorite posts is the story I wrote about the year my brothers’ high school soccer coach died. It’s called Is Winning Everything? My second novel is a fictionalized account loosely based on this essay.

 

 

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

HEATHER: I hope my children discover a passion to guide them in their life choices and they realize their unique purpose in the world to fulfill that mission and in doing so they find happiness, good friends, and a loving partner along the way.

 

LTYM: Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.

HEATHER: I had a small speaking role on the soap opera Another World in the late 1980’s.

I married at age nineteen and I’m still married to the same guy twenty-seven years later!

 

 

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You can follow Heather’s blog HERE.


 

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LTYM: Who is Montia Denee’?

MONTIA: Montia Denee’ is granddaughter, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, preacher, teacher, student, professor, entrepreneur, spoken word artist, athlete, friend, lover, traveler, woman…SURVIVOR!!! With all those titles it’s very easy to get overwhelmed but I am blessed to be surrounded but the most amazing family and support system a girl could ever want. I was raised in the small Midwest city of Gary, Indiana, and …..Yes! This is where Michael Jackson is from. I just recently moved to Baltimore to pursue my Doctoral Degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture from UMBC, so who I am has changed drastically from who I was just 1 year ago. Notice, in my description I didn’t say mother. I don’t have that title yet, but in the meantime I am enjoying all that life has to offer and praying that my success can stand as a living example of what any Black girl can achieve if she puts her mind to it.

 

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

MONTIA: In 2015 a friend of mine forwarded a link to my Facebook page. I decided to send in an audition piece and low and behold, I was chosen for the Valparaiso, Indiana show. When I moved to Baltimore, my affiliation with LTYM through email sent me the info for the Baltimore show. Again, I auditioned and here I am. LTYM keeps validating my work and invigorating my passion to write.

 

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LTYM: What do you wish most for the children in your life?

MONTIA: This question automatically brings tears to my eyes. As I was going through looking for pictures I came across this photo of myself with some of the youngest little women of my family. What do I wish most for them? Is there enough room on this paper?

 

I wish I could take your innocent smiles and put them all in a row

Wrap them up with shiny paper, and cover them with ribbons and bows

I wish I could take you little dresses and pants, fold them neatly and put them away

So you can remember how small you are to God, when you get big someday

I wish I could take the hugs you give, so genuine and so true

Cover them with a blanket, keep them warm, until I could give them back to you

I wish I could take the sparkle in your eye, I’d make a million stars

So that you could look at the sky one day and remember who you are

I wish I could take the pain of this world, and seal in a box

And let you walk through this life without a tempest or a toss

I wish mostly that you know how loved you are, how in prayer your name I call

I wish you favor, faith, and fortune in this world, I wish that most of all

 ©M.D.G 2017

 

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

MONTIA: I started thinking about my mother as an individual person when we were talking on the phone just recently. My grandmother, her mother, passed away about a month ago and as we were talking, she said “Montia, do you think I will be alright without my mommy?” At that moment, it didn’t matter how old my mother was, she was just a little girl that was missing her mommy and was trying to figure out how to manage the new club of motherless children she had just been inducted into. I was the mother then, reassuring her that everything would be alright. Reminding her that her mother’s spirit rests inside of her and her wisdom just like that spirit will never be too far away.

 

Montia doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

 


 

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LTYM: Who is Nasrene Mijarfray?

NASRENE: I’m a Baltimore girl, a single mom, an oldest sister, a daughter, an Orioles/Ravens fan, a hard worker, and a supporter of human rights and equality. I am a lover of life, I’m obsessed with life. I love to live life to its fullest, and I hate to say no to anything or anyone, which obviously causes some burn-out. As I’ve gotten older I’ve *kind of* figured out my limits. But truly, I love to experience every aspect of life, specifically though travel. I’m lucky to have friends spread out all over the country, and abroad…that makes it even more fun. I love last minute plans, I love connecting my friends to one another, and I love love love more than anything, sharing all of these experiences with my daughter, Sadira. My first blog was a “30 before 30” list – a list of goals to accomplish in the year before I turned 30. I shared this experience with one of my best friends who lives in Connecticut and we had such a blast with it. I found my voice in writing for the first time. The focus of my blog changed drastically in 2014.

 

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

NASRENE: In 2015, there was a sign in the lobby of the building where I worked. I was writing like mad just to cope. I didn’t even think about it, I just knew I had to audition and speak about my motherhood journey. I think, for me, just getting in front of people and telling a shred of my story, was a huge step in my healing process. I didn’t even THINK about making the cast…which is good, because I didn’t that year! Haha! Fast forward to two years later, and Taya reached out and invited me to consider being a part of the cast of this show. She said she had always remembered my piece and wanted to give it a chance to be heard. I’m eternally grateful for that. It’s all in the timing, and I think this year I am much stronger. The timing is right.

 

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your daughter?

NASRENE: Sadira is such a shining beam of light, and I know I’m her mom so I’m going to say that, but she really is. She is one of the coolest, most compassionate, kind-hearted people I know. I hope that she experiences everything she wants in life. I want her to be brave and take chances and go for it, without the fear of failure holding her down. And if she does fail (which she will, we all do) I want her to learn from it and use it as motivation to propel her in whatever direction she wants to take next. I want her to know that this life is what she makes of it. There are no preconceived notions of what I expect her to do in her life, other than make of it what she wants. I want her to be happy. I want her to keep her critical judgement, as it’s served her well thus far. I hope, more than anything, as we approach the pre-teen years, that she stays open with me. I want her to always confide in my sisters if she feels she can’t tell me something. I want her to know it’s ok to make mistakes, and that how we react in times of difficulty tells more about our character than how we react when everything is going our way. And I hope to God she never goes sky-diving, or if she does I hope she tells me afterwards and not before. I CANNOT handle sky-diving.

 

LTYM: Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.

NASRENE: Well, first I have three rescue dogs and they are all named after rappers – Biggie Smalls, Missy Elliott and Tupac. And yes, Tupac and Biggie get along. I’m obsessed with birthdays. Mine is June 21st and I celebrate the ENTIRE month of June. I tend to remember people’s birthdays more often than I remember their names. Tell me your birthday once, and I’ll remember it forever!

 

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You can find Nasrene’s blog HERE.


 

We hope you’ll join us at the show. 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. Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we will announce our amazing charity partner, welcome back our three fantastic sponsors and give you an in depth look at each of our 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 April 29, ok?

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Meet the Cast: Rennett, Katie and Tasha

by taya on March 20, 2017

Hey there Baltimore!!! 

There are only 5 weeks 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 Rennett, Katie and Tasha!


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LTYM: Who IS Rennett?

RENNETT: My full name is Rennett Dani Bennett-Burden. My childhood and family nickname was and is Rennie but my closest friends call me Reanz like String Beanz… My husband calls me his Beanie Pie.

 

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

RENNETT: I first learned about LTYM in August of 2016 during a job interview where the hiring program director and I began to discuss our family and Motherhood experiences and she shared her experience of reading in the 2013 Baltimore LTYM show.

 

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

RENNETT: I first began thinking about my parents as individuals and not just Mommy and Daddy when I was in the earlier part of my 30’s… not too long ago… I think having a teenager of my own gave me a greater appreciation for them as humans who didn’t give up on me or the vision for me during my adolescence.

 

LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

RENNETT: The thing I wish most for my children, their children and their children’s children is to be better than myself. For them to be more financially stable and secure then their father and I. For them to live long, fulfilling and proserious lives.

 

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LTYM: Tell us a few of your favorite things

RENNETT: My favorite book is The Help, my favorite musician was Prince, the song Adore. My favorite movie – well there are so many but to narrow it I’ll say The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Sparkle with Irene Cara not the Whitney Houston version.

 

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Rennett doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

 


 

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LTYM: Who IS Katie?

KATIE: I am a mother. And I am so thankful for that. I am also a wife, devoted family member, and friend. If this is all I am ever known for, it will be enough. Special education is my profession and one of my greatest passions, but for now I’m staying home and raising my two darling, sweet daughters ages three and one. On any given day you might find us trucking to the zoo or art museum, visiting great grandma aka “Mom-Mom”, or dancing at home in our kitchen.  

 

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

KATIE: My childhood friend was cast for LTYM in Austin, Texas, in 2014. I’ve always loved her stories and enjoy writing myself, so when I showed interest she encouraged me to try out in Baltimore. I auditioned in 2015 but did not make it into the show. I was advised to put the piece down for a while but to come back to it and try again. I’m so glad I did!

 

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LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?

KATIE: I love the children in my life so much, whether they are my own children, nieces and nephews, or godchildren. I wish that they will all grow up to be kind, loving, and strong. And I hope they will love themselves.

 

LTYM: Tell us 2 fun facts about yourself.

KATIE: I was in roller skating competitions when I was a kid and I met my husband on a “Canyons of the West” adventure bus trip in California.

 

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LTYM: What is your absolute favorite activity?

KATIE: My favorite activity that is just for me is dancing. I think anyone who really knows me, knows this because it is such a big part of who I am. It has always given me this feeling of freedom. It is like flying. It doesn’t matter where I am, if there is a beat, I will dance. And I’m so happy to share my love of dancing with my girls. It’s rubbing off on them, and I love it! I hope it’s a gift they can keep for their whole lives. At our first rehearsal for this show, I shared with the other ladies that public speaking is not my strength and if I could DANCE my piece, I would!

 

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Katie doesn’t blog, so we are so thrilled she will be sharing her words on stage.

 


 

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LTYM: Who IS Tasha?

TASHA: I always hate this question, but I know it’s necessary, lol. I am a writer with a love for life and a curiosity about everything. I’m originally from Indiana but have lived on the East coast for most of my adult life. I’m an introvert at heart, which is part of how I started writing: because it allowed me to say what I was thinking and felt freely. Everyone has a purpose and my journey has led me to realize how much I believe in the power of telling our stories because of the connections and healing they can lead to.

 

LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?

TASHA: I actually heard about LTYM for the first time from a sorority list-serve that I am on. One of the Sorors posted something about the call for auditions and I took a look at the call and bookmarked it on my phone to go back to. At the time I had no idea what I would write about. One of my goals for 2017 was to get out of my comfort zone and take a chance towards things that interested me.

 

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LTYM: As a blogger, share with us some of your favorite pieces.

TASHA: I feel like I’ve been writing forever, getting clips from publications that were pre-Internet (I may have dated myself there.). But I’ve been  blogging off and on since around 2005. While my blog has gone through some changes and revamping, I would say that some of my favorite recent posts have been when I talked about Being your own Valentine and Not Playing Small. Also I really enjoyed my guest posts on other blogs like one I did for For Harriet and Urban Politico.

 

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

TASHA: I started to think about my Mom differently when my father died. During the entire planning of his funeral, my sister, younger brother and I were there with her as she went through picking out every detail from the coffin to the headstone, etc. I really didn’t want to be there, unfortunately my way of dealing with that grief was avoidance; but she insisted that we all be present. Once we were in the chapel where the funeral was going to be held, I just remember seeing my Mom –who had been so calm through the entire thing- break down in tears crying. And it’s like I saw her, not as my Mom, but as a woman, a wife, who had lost her husband. My mother and my paternal grandmother have always been my heroes and the women who I’ve looked up to all my life as examples of how strong, resilient, and powerful women are. We had lost my grandmother only 4 months prior to my Dad’s death, and she and my Mom were really close. So in that moment, it’s like I was seeing all this grief and loss coming from a woman who I don’t think I’d ever seen cry before that day. It’s weird, but since then I think I’ve become even more protective of her than I was before.

 

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LTYM: Tell us a few fun facts about yourself.

TASHA: I love to sing, so I’m always ready for karaoke! I love the color blue – every shade of it. I probably have every shade of blue in nail polish and am always on the lookout for more. I’m an encyclopedia of random pop culture trivia and would definitely win some kind of game show.

 

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You can find Tasha’s blog HERE

 


 

We hope you’ll join us at the show. 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. Grab a friend or two, then click HERE to purchase your tickets. Special group pricing is available. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we will announce our amazing charity partner, welcome back our three fantastic sponsors and give you an in depth look at each of our 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 April 29, ok?

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Baltimore, We Have a New Cast!

February 15, 2017

The audition process is one of the most sacred parts of the Listen To Your Mother show experience. Strangers grab their pens or computers and willingly decide to share their hearts with us. The arrival of each stranger to our audition space is full of positive, yet anxious energy. And when they leave, we all know that we are strangers no more. Deciding which stories will form our show is always a difficult task because joy for one person certainly means heartbreak for another. We sincerely thank all who gave us a tiny piece of their heart here in Baltimore and we are excited to share the 12 whom we have selected for our 2017 cast.   Rennett Bennett-Burden Heather Christie Kelly Claire Montia Denee‘ Cynthia Dixon Tuere T. S. Ganges Jessica Gregg Nasrene Mirjafary Roshni Rao Tasha Rose Marsha Wight Wise Katie Young Finally! We’ve been so anxious to share the news!!!  […]

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Baltimore, It’s Audition Time!!

January 3, 2017

Baltimore, Please Tell Us Your Story! We want to hear YOUR voice!  Yes, YOU!! Afraid you have nothing to say?  We don’t believe you!! Worried that no one cares?   We do!! Nervous to get on stage?  We’ll help you!! We are so very excited to bring “Listen to Your Mother” back to Baltimore for a 4th and final season!  We can’t wait to hear everything that you have to say.  And don’t forget, if you’re not near Baltimore, there are 31 other shows across the US and there’s even one in Canada.  Click here to find one closer to you. If you’ve been thinking about auditioning in the past but changed your mind, or maybe the dates didn’t work out, or maybe you didn’t quite have the courage, NOW IS THE TIME. This is IT Baltimore. This is the grand finale season for the entire national project and WE WANT YOU to […]

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Baltimore – We’re Coming Back for a 4th and Final Season!!

October 7, 2016

Aaaaaaaannnnnnnnndddddd, we’re back!!! AGAIN!! Hey Baltimore!! It’s time for the 2017 season of Listen To Your Mother. Arlene and I are excited to announce that we will be bringing the Listen To Your Mother show back to Baltimore for a 4th and final season!!  After a remarkable 7 year run, 2017 will be the 8th year of the show and it will mark the grand finale season for the national project. CLICK HERE to view this amazing video with a montage of shows from around North America!   This project has changed our lives and we are forever grateful for the amazing folks in and around Baltimore who have come to share their stories and hearts with us! These brave souls ushered us in for our inaugral 2014 show And these ladies kept it going for our 2015 show The 2016 cast kept the love flowing We know that our 2017 show will […]

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