LTYM 2017 Opening Weekend A Smashing Success!

by Stephanie on May 1, 2017

NINE cities — La Crosse, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boulder, Charleston, Lehigh Valley, Metro Detroit, & Oklahoma City — brought Listen To Your Mother to the stage this past weekend to officially open the 2017 season! They made it happen!

Friday night was LTYM: La Crosse‘s second and final Listen To Your Mother Show…

The La Crosse dir/producer

The La Crosse dir/producer team Beth Erickson, Jess Witkins, & Molly Hilligoss; LTYM: La Crosse 2017 cast photo by Apropos Photography; Jess and her parents with the LTYM cake her dad made for the cast party!

“Best compliment from my mama tonight ‘You walk out on that stage and it’s like you’ve been doing it 25 years.’ I don’t know what’s next, but I know this was so right.” – Jess Witkins


LTYM: Atlanta took to the stage Saturday for a dazzling FOURTH and final season of LTYM storytelling — HUGE thanks and love to dir/producers Jana Anthoine and Miranda Wicker!

Photos by Julia Roberts

Photos by Julia Roberts


LTYM: Austin presented a flawless and spectacular SEVENTH and final season…

Photo: Leigh Ann Torres

Photo: Leigh Ann Torres

“Tonight was such an amazing experience. I got to be on stage with a group of women who shared their hearts, love, and laughter with their stories. I couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the cast of the final LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show. Huge thanks to Kristin Shaw and Susanne Kerns for their guidance.” – 2017 cast member Sherry Carr Smith


Voices were lifted and lights shined at LTYM: Baltimore‘s FOURTH and final year — thanks to dir/producers Taya Dunn Johnson and Arlene Jackson…


“This was my favorite moment from last night. The feeling of euphoria that “we did it!” and joining hands with you ladies as we took our final bow. It was an honor and a privilege to share the stage with each of you.” – cast member Nasrene Mirjafary  (photo: Laurie White)


Continue reading for LTYM Boulder, Charleston, Lehigh Valley, Metro Detroit, and OKC 2017 show moments…

LTYM: Boulder gave motherhood a microphone for an impressive FIFTH year…


Eddie Young reads his LTYM piece; the dynamic Boulder dir/producer team Ellen Nordberg and Stephanie Sprenger — in Ellen’s words: “The cast rocked it and the audience responded.”; Stephanie shares her story on stage.

“What an incredible way to honor what it means to be or have a Mom…” Whittney Lindsay


LTYM: Charleston touched the hearts of their cast and audience in their FOURTH and final show — CHEERS to dir/producer team Becca Finley, Anna Hartman, Jennifer Buddin, and Meredith Betzhold…

Photo: Jacklyn Flood

We are moved by Assistant Producer Jennifer Dyer Buddin’s proud words to the cast: “You all touched my heart and the hearts of all of those that heard you share your truth. Thank you for your bravery, your honesty and your story. So proud of this group of extraordinary people.” (Photo: Jacklyn Flood)


On Sunday, motherhood was truly honored at LTYM Lehigh Valley‘s third show — a huge success for dir/producers Kirsten Piccini and Kristina Grum!

Photo: Amy

Photo: Amy Impellizzeri


As always, THE ANGELAS (the electricifying dir/producer duo Angela Amman and Angela Youngblood) rocked out LTYM: Metro Detroit in their FOURTH and final Listen To Your Mother Show…

Photo: Desiree Cooper

Photo: Desiree Cooper

“…I still can’t believe the courage of the women who got on the stage. They have lost children and husbands. They mothered children they didn’t give birth to. They survived the suicide and sudden deaths of adult children. They have children of different abilities. And they walk through life with their heads up and their stories untold. Until today. What an amazing journey. Thanks to Angela Amman and Angela Smith Youngblood for leading us home.” — Desiree Cooper, 2017 cast member


LTYM: Oklahoma City displayed beauty, strength, and laughter in their FIFTH and final show thanks to dir/producer team — HUGE HUGS to Mari Farthing and Jennifer Dennis Smith…

Photo: Mari Farthing

Photo: Mari Farthing

Congrats again to our first weekend shows leading LTYM 2017  into a magnificent grand finale season!

MORE #LTYM SHOWS THIS WEEK! Tomorrow: Burbank (SOLD OUT!) — Thursday: Providence & Twin Cities — Friday: Raleigh-Durham — Saturday: New York City — Sunday: Baton Rouge, Chicago, DC, Kansas City, Milwaukee, & Southwest Michigan

A BIG THANK YOU to our national sponsors #BlogHer17 & Luvs!



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