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Cast Spotlight on Cindy Fey

by Tracey on April 25, 2015

Some people were born to be on stage; Cindy Fey is one of those people! 

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Ham Mom

 by Cindy Fey

Come May third, the day I step onstage for my first Listen To Your Mother show, I can guarantee you that my heart will be racing. A party of butterflies will be dancing in my stomach and my armpits will probably be soaked, but make no mistake; I’ll be happy as a clam.

I love the spotlight.

Go ahead, call me a ham. That’s me, shameless under the stage lights. Never one to let my deep-seated introversion or a lack of talent hold me back. I’ll karaoke all night.

As a mother, my immunity to most embarrassment has served me well.

Need a volunteer to don a Plastic Bag Monster costume and roar “I don’t degrade for a million years!” at the kids in the lunchroom on Earth Day? Pick me!

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Need some fool to get up in front of three hundred Girl Scouts and shake, shimmy, and whip her hair back and forth to win the camp dance contest for her Brownie troop? Hey, over here!

Need somebody to sing loud and slightly off-key on stage during the school fundraiser variety show dressed as a leprechaun? A chocolate lab? A green crayon? I am so there.

My mother was bigger than life, I’ve been told, a vivacious woman with an easy frequent laugh who played the trombone, made amateur mystery movies with her college friends, would throw two house parties in a single day, and had no qualms about jumping in front of the photographer taking a posed portrait of her father-in-law and his sons. Yes, my mother photobombed before photobombing. She died when I was four and I was raised by a modest aunt and shy uncle who would urge me at the dinner table, “Don’t be so demonstrative.”

So call it my mother’s legacy, call it my small rebellion against convention, call it a possessing a ham bone instead of a funny bone, call it obnoxious, I don’t care. C’est moi.

My poor daughters will roll their eyes and hush me when I start singing along with the grocery store Muzak, but I hope I’m modeling good qualities for them. Like facing your fears. And embracing fun and service and a love of music and theater and life and performance and other artsy postive stuff.

So I was thrilled to be chosen as a cast member of Chicago’s 2015 Listen to Your Mother show. And happy to have some time in front of an encouraging audience.

But I had a conversion experience the other day. It was the first day that I met the other cast members of LTYM and we practiced our motherhood essays for each other.

I sat mesmerized and moved by the stories I was hearing. My jaw was on the floor. And the show expanded in my mind into something bigger than a group of people speaking their truth, more than a cluster of individuals taking our turns in the spotlight.

We are part of something bigger than our selves — we are part of the ongoing story that is the experience of motherhood, a story that never ends, even after our mothers have gone, even after we have become mere memories to our children.

It’s the story of the world. It’s the story of us, all of us, those of us who had a mom, knew a mom, hated your mom, lost your mom, had lots of moms, hard-working moms, hardly-working moms, moms of two feeters and moms of four-feeters, step-mom, half-mom, substitute mom, a raggedy blankie wrapped around a wire monkey-mom, we are all in this story of motherhood together.

Now I have become an LTYM evangelist. These stories need to be heard; YOU need to hear these stories! Don’t miss the show. And I can’t wait to hear your story, too.

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These stories DO need to be heard, Cindy! We totally agree! And the audience will agree as well, in just SIX DAYS! There are still tickets available for the May 3rd show at the Athenaeum. We hope to see you there!

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Tracey and I keep on stating that we could not do this show without sponsors, because it’s true. Having the support of local businesses is literally what keeps us going, and this year we were tremendously blessed with the return of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital to our LTYM Chicago family.

 

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Just like last year when our charity partner was Recovery On Water (a support service and exercise program for women who are currently in treatment or have been through treatment for breast cancer), Prentice Women’s Hospital is a perfect fit with our 2015 charity, The Red Pump Project (an organization that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, using the red shoe as a symbol of empowerment.) Women’s health and how to get care when needed are issues of the utmost importance. Prentice Women’s Hospital takes great care of women in every area of health:

Prentice Women’s Hospital opened its new facility on October 20, 2007 when it moved from its original facility to a new one million square foot state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to providing care for the unique needs of women through all stages of life. The hospital was thoughtfully conceived to provide patients with comfort and convenience, the latest in healthcare technology and support of the best professionals in healthcare.

From gynecologic and pregnancy care to menopause and bone health, we’re here for the health and happiness of women in all the stages of their lives. As part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Prentice Women’s Hospital exists to provide the highest quality of comprehensive medical care to meet the unique needs of women.

We are over-the-moon excited to partner with Prentice Women’s Hospital again this year, and thank them so much for their support!

You can learn more about Prentice Women’s Hospital on their website and follow Northwestern Memorial on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again, Prentice! Your support means the world to us!

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The Coolest Thing

April 23, 2015

Want to know what the coolest thing about Listen To Your Mother is? It’s not the stage and the lights, or being on YouTube.It’s not the opportunities to be on national NBC or local webcasts. The coolest thing isn’t seeing your casting choices being published in books and their names in a line up of renowned authors and speakers. The bestest, coolest, most amazing thing about LTYM is this: The friendships… The connections… The people you meet and the bonds that are formed. The coolest thing is the support that is given, in good moments and bad. This is what makes me swell up inside! Knowing that we are instruments in connecting these lives together, making wishes into reality, and validating the stories that never cease to amaze me. It really is the coolest thing… Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this year’s Coolest Experience. Tickets on sale NOW for […]

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Cast Spotlight on Erin Skibinski

April 22, 2015

You might remember Erin Skibinski from our 2013 Chicago cast where she talked about being the “Perfect Mother.” We are honored to have her grace our stage again on May 3rd! ~~~ Zero Dollars, That’s What I’m Banking On by Erin Skibinski I recently volunteered career day. I kind of used it as preparation for Listen to Your Mother. You see it has been awhile since I have been speaking in front of people on any regular basis, and I thought why not try my hand at the toughest crowd possible: Junior High Students. I was so eager to talk to these young minds about writing. About how it is not just a career path, but a life skill. I wanted to share the wisdom of being a strong writer will get you far in this life no matter what you decide to do. I talked about how writing is the great communicator. […]

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Sponsor Spotlight on ChicagonistaLIVE

April 21, 2015

This show truly couldn’t happen without the continuing support of sponsors like ChicagonistaLIVE. ChicagonistaLIVE is sponsoring LTYM Chicago for the 3rd time this year as one of our Megaphone sponsors; we are honored and touched at their ongoing belief in the Listen To Your Mother mission. For those not “in the know,” ChicagonistaLIVE.com is a social talk show produced by the talented and lovely team of MJ Tam, Beth Rosen. These two dynamos, along with their co-hosts, Duong Sheahan and Nancy Loo, broadcast live from a variety of Chicago hot spots including SkyDeck Chicago, Trump Towers, Water Tower Place, and SO many more! Topics will vary but the laughter is consistent; these women know how to run a show! Unlike many traditional talk shows, ChicagonistaLIVE is truly interactive, from the sponsor connections to the live Twitter conversations. I feel privileged to know MJ and Beth on a more personal level through our years of blogging […]

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