On Not Really Being Able To Adequately Describe Exactly What Happened, But Feeling Totally Thankful For Every Part Of It.

by admin on May 13, 2012

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Druckman

You know how you take on a challenge, something you’ve never done before, and you work and work and work and work on it some more, and you’re excited about it because time and time again you have to pinch yourself because you keep realizing how great this thing is and even though something minor might go wrong here and there it all eventually gets fixed and you keep plugging away, and then as the time draws near for the final product to be revealed you get more and more excited, and when you finally get to see everything come to fruition on one magical evening, it ends up being way better than you could have ever imagined it?

Yeah, that.

We are so incredibly proud and impressed with how lovely our show was last Sunday. We thought we were prepared for the emotions that would evolve from an experience like producing our first show, but we were mistaken. The 2012 Chicago LTYM show so far exceeded our expectations, that mere words cannot convey them. All we can say is, Thank You.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors. Without your financial contributions, we could not have gone much further than the first step.

In addition to supporting our entire 2012 season, our Premier National Sponsor Snapfish by HP is helping us create a commemorative book this year using their beautiful design templates. We can’t wait for that. Thanks so much, Snapfish!

Much appreciation goes to BlogHer, our National Media Sponsor. Connect with bloggers through blogher.com or at a BlogHer conference. BlogHer rocks. That is all.

Our fabulous local sponsors made sure that Chicago was able to host a Listen to Your Mother show this year, and we are so very grateful.

Fannie May, you were a rockstar Megaphone Level Sponsor. As if people weren’t on enough of a high when the cast took its final bow, you sweetened the deal (<—see what we did there?) by giving everyone at the theater a sample box of your new line of chocolate, FM Artisan by Norman Love. We are ever so grateful for your support.

Dr. Sevila Yee and Chinatown Family Dental, Carey Randall and the John Hancock Observatory, and Sarah Cobb and Neighborhood Parents Network, thank you for believing in us and backing this show.

Our other wonderful local sponsors were the Rosen Automotive Family, travel beCAUSE, Building Blocks Toy Stores, Chicagonista, Chicagonista Live, The Chicago Moms, and The Meatloaf Bakery. Our appreciation for their support of a show that hadn’t ever been presented in this city is boundless.

Thank you to the insightful originator of LTYM, Ann Imig, for having the vision to create a platform for everyone to share their stories of Motherhood. You have no idea how far your reach has extended and how far it will continue to affect mass amounts of people for generations to come. Not only the writers are being validated by LTYM. Every audience member and You Tube viewer who connects with a piece will experience validation as well. It’s monumental, Ann. THANK YOU.

Thank you to Sarah Fite for putting up with the multitude of details that our programs and posters required. You were exceedingly patient and easy to work with.

Thank you to the brilliant Deb Rox for working behind the scenes with ten cities’ worth of directors and producers. We appreciated how you were always available and ready to dole out fabulous advice.

Thank you to Stephanie Precourt, Producer of LTYM NWIndiana for being our local mentor and one of our biggest cheerleaders.

To all of the bloggers and social media friends who aided in our amazingly fast audition fill-up and sold out show – We couldn’t have done this without you!

Thank you to Margaret Hicks for your invaluable help with auditions and behind the scenes assistance.

Thanks to our audition and rehearsal sites: Uncommon Ground on Clark, Salerno’s in Oak Park, and Calumet Photo. We appreciate the loan of your space.

Thank you to Rita Pacenta, Judy Gagliardotto, and Toni Snearly for stepping up at the last minute to help us at the theater: you saved us!

Thank you to Lindsay Schmid of Bright Pink for ushering.

Thank you to Rob Krueger of Rob Krueger Photography and Charles Krueger of Occasional Happenings for capturing our special day digitally, and thanks to Lynne Lamparski at Integrated Marketing Partners for being so wonderful to work with in the printing of our posters and programs.

Our families had to put up with seeing us attached to a phone while talking to the other one or video conferencing for nearly six straight months and they didn’t say a word; they only cheered us on. We appreciate the support of Jim, Dylan, Jason, Julie, Patrick, Justin, Evan, and Corinne so much!

To each and every cast member who shared a piece of their heart and soul with us and the Chicago audience: Alisha, Audrey, Brandie, Hyacynth, Jen, Judy, Karen, Katy, Lou, Megan, Melissa, Nancy, Stacey, Stephanie, and Vanessa. Without any one of these spokes, our wheel would not have been as strong. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The show may be over but we are bound together forever by the experience.

Because of each and every person who contributed to the LTYM show, the fabulous organization, Bright Pink, will receive 10% of the show’s ticket proceeds! “Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high-risk individuals.” If you are interested in reaching out to Bright Pink, please visit their website for further information. (Also, if you’d like to take a trip that benefits Bright Pink at the same time, travel beCAUSE will donate up to $200 on your behalf when you book a Walt Disney World® Resort or Disney Cruise Line® vacation! Click here for more details.)

Co-producing LTYM Chicago took our breath away. If you weren’t able to attend, no worries: videos of each individual performance will be available on YouTube this summer. When they are posted, we will alert you by posting about it on this site, and will give you the order of speakers so you can watch the show as it was performed. (You might want to subscribe to our feed so you don’t miss out!)

In the meantime, we along with many of our cast members have written recaps of the show. Click on a name to read one:

Melisa (Co-producer)
Tracey (Co-producer)

While we savor everything about last Sunday and the journey to the stage as a whole, we are already talking about next year. We can’t help it: this has been a pleasure and we are thrilled that we get to do it all over again. If you have a story of motherhood you’d like to share, consider auditioning for us when we put out the call next winter.

Thanks for your support. We really appreciate it. We’ll be putting new content on this site throughout the year, so stay tuned!

Oh, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Laurie May 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

The amount of heart and pure effort you put into this was clear from your Tweets and posts. I could tell it was so special to you — really wished I could see it, so I’m looking forward to the videos.Congratulations! (And Fannie Mae to top it off…awesome.)

Melisa May 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thank you so much for your kind words, Laurie. We can’t wait for the video to be available either! 🙂

Brandie May 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

What happened was amazing. You and Tracey made this show amazing. You both put your heart and soul into it and it showed in every aspect of the show. xoxo

tracey May 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Thank you, Brandie. We loved doing it, too.

Stephanie Precourt May 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

You should be SO proud. Your show- ESPECIALLY being your first one!- was fabulous. I’m still in awe, pretty much. I’m VERY fond of LTYM Chicago 2012! Can’t wait to watch again and share on video…


Melisa May 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for everything Steph! It meant so much to us that you were in our audience. xo

Ann May 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Wow, this is a serious love note. See how “thank you” just can’t possibly express enough? You did LTYM so proud. So so proud.


Melisa May 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

thANNk you, ANN!!! 🙂

anymommy May 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

YAY!!! We’re already talking about next year too. This process is addicting. xoxo.

Melisa May 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Terribly. But there are worse addictions, I think! 🙂 xo

Kate Coveny Hood May 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

Next year though? You guys should really try to be a little more excited about it…

But seriously – All of your blog posts and tweets, etc. have been so full of joy. It’s clear to all how much FUN you had doing this and how rewarding it was – and I can’t imagine anyone reading this and NOT wanting to bring LTYM to their city.

I just wish I could have been there! Can’t wait for the videos…

mosey (kim) May 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Awesome wrap-up. And Kate’s comment made me laugh… So glad to have been on this journey with you – from across the country – and that your show was as wonderful and rewarding as ours. Congratulations!!

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