Charleston, it’s time to audition!

by Angie Mizzell on January 5, 2015

*Charleston 2015 audition signups are now closed.

Do you have a story about motherhood you want to share? Can you imagine giving that story a voice—your voice—a microphone, and a stage? Does the thought of it make your soul stir a little? Great! Keep reading.

LTYM Charleston auditions for web

We’re scheduling auditions now for the Charleston production of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER.  

Auditions will be held February 28, March 1 and March 2, 2015 at the Center for Women. The selected cast will read their original, true stories about motherhood during Charleston’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Charleston Music Hall. The link to reserve your audition spot is at the end of this post, but first, here are some FAQs:

What is LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER? 

LTYM is a live stage show that features a cast of about a dozen women and men reading stories about motherhood. Those stories are woven together in a way that is more powerful than you can really imagine, especially when they’re read in front of a live audience. The beauty is in the simplicity and the power comes from the connection it creates. To give you a better idea, watch this video.

39 cities across the country will hold their own unique LTYM shows in the two weeks leading up to Mothers Day, and Charleston is honored to be a part of this national movement. Later this summer, the videos from each city will be released on the LTYM YouTube channel which showcases hundreds of videos from past show seasons.

Who should audition? 

If you have a story to tell, then you should audition. LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER cast members can include women and men from all walks and seasons of life. Even though lots of cast members are mothers, you don’t have be. You just have to write (and read) a true story about motherhood that only you can tell.

To audition for the Charleston, SC show, you should live in the Charleston area, or in relatively close driving distance to Charleston. If you don’t, check to see if there’s a LTYM show near you. 

What types of stories are we looking for? 

  • Your story may be funny, sad, nostalgic, insightful, irreverent… whatever feels right to you. Move us with your “you-ness.” Final casting decisions will be based on how these unique stories fit together—that’s the magic that we can’t really plan.
  • We’re looking for true, original stories. You don’t have to be a professional writer, but if you’ve written something that’s been published before, you must own the rights. 
  • Regardless of the story you tell, ask yourself, is motherhood the central theme? It might have other sub-themes, but we’re looking for stories where motherhood is the thread that ties it all together.
  • Stories should be about 5 minutes long when read aloud. If you’re wondering if your piece is too long or too short, we’ve found that any less than 3 minutes isn’t quite enough and much longer than 5 minutes starts to feel a bit too long.

To recap: true. written by you. about 5 minutes. own the rights. central theme = motherhood. 

What’s the time commitment?

  • You must be able to attend one in-person audition on February 28, March 1 or March 2. Auditions are closed and individual time slots are 15 minutes.
  • If you are selected to be part of the cast, you must be able to attend two rehearsals (Sunday, April 12 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2:30) and be available on show day (Sunday, May 3, from about 11am-4pm).

Is it fun? Is it worth it?

Heck yeah! In upcoming posts, we’ll share thoughts and perspectives from last year’s cast members. In the meantime, check out the images from last year’s read-through and from show day. A special thank you to our show photographer Jody Mack Photography for capturing the images in those videos.

*Charleston 2015 audition signups are now closed.

Any other questions? Contact Charleston Director/Producer Angie Mizzell.

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