Join Us at The Athenaeum Theatre on 5/3/15 at 2PM!

Tickets on sale NOW! Early bird pricing through March 15!

You are cordially invited to join our audience on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m., at the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre, for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER CHICAGO 2015!

Great information, yes, but there’s one detail we haven’t been able to divulge until today…this year’s cast!


Tracey and I are thrilled, excited, delighted, and every other word you could find in the thesaurus (err okay, on thesaurus dot com) to match those kinds of emotions to announce the newest members of the LTYM Chicago family, our 2015 cast:

Angie Bahng
Keesha Beckford
Kathleen Buckley
Cindy Fey
Stephanie Kush
Patti Minglin
Lyletta Robinson
Samantha Schultz
Erin Skibinski
David Slattery
Cyn Vargas
Pamela Valentine

Please join us in congratulating these fine ladies and man: we can’t wait to get started and we know this year’s journey to stage is going to be positively magical!

And get pumped up, Chicago: it’s going to be another awesome show! Tickets are on sale at early bird pricing ($18 + $2 theater restoration fee) NOW through March 15 and will increase by $4 after that. Ten percent of our gross ticket proceeds will benefit The Red Pump Project.

So…will you be in our audience on May 3? (Say yes!)

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2015 Auditions: That’s A Wrap!

by Melisa on February 10, 2015

Tracey and I had a fantastic (and emotional and fun and exhausting and exhilarating) audition weekend! Thank you so much to those of you who came to share your stories with us; we are finishing up our deliberations and will be making our cast announcement in the next few days!

Our audition space was generously provided by local sponsor Emerald City Theatre, which was founded in 1996. Their goal is to create theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City’s administrative offices and classroom are located at the Athenaeum Theatre, which happens to be the home of LTYM Chicago!

Melisa and Tracey at auditions

You have no idea how long it took to get a picture that I deemed acceptable.

Being able to wander the halls of our theater (well, wandering from the front doors to the classroom and from the classroom to the restrooms and back STILL COUNTS AS WANDERING) and even turn on the lights early in the morning was exciting and, for the first time ever I sort of wished I had been a part of the drama club in high school.

Anyway, the Emerald City classroom was bright and sunny (and green! Imagine that!), and such a wonderful place for us to listen to the stories of our auditioners. We can’t thank Katie and the rest of the Emerald City Theatre folks enough, but we can start by telling you about one of their shows going on right now at Lincoln Park’s Apollo Theater through May 24: “Fancy Nancy the Musical”!

Fancy Nancy

“Fancy Nancy the Musical” (Photos used with permission)

From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy’s eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that’s a fancy word for star of the show) Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series, this show is full of funny, frilly ballet ballads.

“Fancy Nancy the Musical” is geared towards kids between three and nine years old, and naturally it’s great for families. Tickets begin at $15 for children and adults (before fees). A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each performance.

Fancy Nancy the Musical

From Chicago Parent magazine: “The show was adorable, sweet and engaging for all ages – even for adults. During the quiet sections, not a peep could be heard, and during the funny parts (there were many of these), the audience exploded in giggles.”

If you’ve got young kids, get “Fancy Nancy the Musical” on your calendar, and stay tuned for more news from us on upcoming Emerald City Theatre shows!

Our next post…will be our cast announcement! More soon!

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Auditions are here, and so are Early Bird Tickets!

February 6, 2015

Our bags are packed, we are ready to roll and listen to the words of our 2015 auditionees! For some people, this process might be a bit old hat. Chicago is full of talented story-tellers, and we have been blessed to be able to cast them in our shows each year. For others, this experience will be something completely new and foreign. Some may not have spoken in public in years and others may have never graced the stage. The uniting factor in all of our auditionees is that this show is something a little different. This show is personal and important in a way that many may not realize until they walk through that door this weekend. Motherhood, though universal in its nature, is one of the most personal and vital topics of our lives. To share a moment of your experience with motherhood with absolute strangers, and have it be judged, is to […]

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2015 Submissions Are Closed…On To Auditions!

January 23, 2015

Thank you, Chicago! Once again you have flooded us with your wonderfully funny, sad, thoughtful, sweet, heartbreaking, adorable, emotional, tender, and clever stories of motherhood! The next step is auditions! We’ll be emailing everyone who submitted a story at some point this evening. If you don’t receive an email by tomorrow morning, please contact us at LTYMChicago (at) gmail (dot) com so we can figure out what the heck happened. We are so excited about this year’s show, on Sunday May 3 at 2:00 p.m., at the gorgeous Athenaeum Theatre Chicago (tickets on sale soon!), and we hope you are too. Stay tuned for more LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER CHICAGO news! by

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It’s Time! Submit Your Motherhood Stories for LTYM Chicago 2015!

January 9, 2015

Today’s the day! *insert awkward dancing and “raising the roof” here* Tracey and I are ready to start digging into your motherhood stories, Chicago! We’re ready to experience ALL the emotions while we read your submissions and then we’ll be ready to move on to auditions and then we’ll be ready to cast our FOURTH ANNUAL show, which will be held once again at the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre on Sunday May 3 at 2:00 p.m. And then later this year we’ll be ready to watch all of the readings from our show on the LTYM YouTube channel! Wait; I’m getting ahead of myself. First things first: submissions! Please read these instructions thoroughly before submitting your essay to us: 1. The main theme of your piece must have something to do with “motherhood.” You do not have to be a mother (or a professional writer!) to submit an essay. Read this post we wrote […]

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