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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