Chicago Auditions: Done!

by admin on February 29, 2012

Auditions in the Windy City are a wrap, and we couldn’t be happier. We will be announcing our very first Chicago cast in the next couple of days, but today we wanted to tell you just a little bit about our day and offer up some thank yous.

We held our auditions at Uncommon Ground on Clark, a wonderful coffee shop-slash-cafe that has one of the coolest vibes I’ve ever felt. As in, I could possibly move in there with my family.

Fun fact: LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Founder and National Director Ann Imig, who lived in Chicago in the late 90’s, used to frequent Uncommon Ground! I didn’t find this out until after I told her where we were holding auditions and I may have taken her breath away for a moment. It was pretty exciting.

The folks at Uncommon Ground (which is a certified Green Restaurant, by the way) were kind enough to gift us with their beautiful back room for seven full hours. In addition to being a place to enjoy outstanding food and drink, Uncommon Ground regularly hosts musicians and displays the work of artists on a rotating basis. The artist currently being featured is Allison Svoboda.

Every time I walked from our audition area in the back room to the front part of Uncommon Ground, I was bathed in warmth by the orange glow of the decor and the cozy fireplace. I mean, look at it. Don’t you want to hang out here for a while?

We want to thank everyone at Uncommon Ground for making their part of our audition process completely seamless. From Events Coordinator Winter D. to the management and everyone on duty during our day there (big ups to the chef Justin and the kitchen staff: the food ROCKED!!), it was professional and friendly every step of the way. They really went above and beyond for us, and we appreciate it so much.

Tracey and I also want to thank Margaret Hicks of Chicago Elevated. Margaret is a fellow writer, improv actress, tour guide, and friend who gladly gave up her day to be a third set of ears. That’s her, in the middle.

The day went by fairly quickly, and the three of us used extra minutes in between auditions to make notes, put papers in different piles, and continually stare at each other, wide-eyed, saying things like “Can you BELIEVE how talented these people are???”

Here are Tracey and Margaret, obviously hard at work. Obviously.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted but happy-exhausted. We left Uncommon Ground with happy hearts and brains that were all a-buzz and thankful for this experience.

Finally, we want to thank those who auditioned. The three of us feel incredibly honored and humbled to have been able to hear so many touching, sad, funny, inspiring, and honest stories about motherhood. We were blown away by the passion and the creativity that was presented to us. Listening to these stories has made us even more excited about this show than we were on Sunday morning (and we didn’t think we could GET any more excited!), so thank you, thank you, thank you.

Stay tuned…our cast announcement will be posted here on Friday!

Samantha February 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

I’ve never been to Uncommon Ground, but it was great! It felt cozy and warm & the drinks were delicious! Thanks for hosting, UG!

Melisa March 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

Thanks for auditioning, Samantha: it was so nice to meet you!

TheNextMartha February 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

It was a great experience. Thanks for all the hard work you guys are putting into this.

Melisa March 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

Thank YOU, Jen. So glad you auditioned! 🙂

Ann February 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

Great post! Made me wish I was there. THANK YOU GUYS and Thank you Uncommon Ground!. xoxo

Melisa March 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

We wish you were there, too. 🙂

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