First Rehearsal Recap (Thanks, DL Loft!)

by Melisa on March 19, 2015

Last Saturday afternoon, the 2015 cast of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Chicago gathered at an absolutely gorgeous location, local sponsor DL Loft on Lincoln Avenue. More about this amazing place in a minute.

The first read-through (or rehearsal: we use those interchangeably!) is one of the very best parts of the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER experience, whether you’re on the production team or you’re a cast member. On this special day, positive energy oozes through the air as people meet each other for the first time and finally hear all of the essays that make up the “quilt” of our show. This is the only day on which the cast gets to be the audience, hearing everything for the first time.

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft

Photo credit: Balee Images

Tracey and I love it because we get to watch the cast members’ faces and hear their reactions as they listen. Everyone has been bonding for about a month now in a private cast Facebook group, but we asked them to keep their stories a secret for those very reasons: the faces and the reactions at rehearsal one. This is the first day on which Tracey and I get to SEE an audience as they hear everything for the first time.

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft (Keesha, Angie, Cyn)

Photo credit: Balee Images

Naturally I can’t tell you much about rehearsal because oh my gosh, you should just come to the show, silly, but what I can tell you is how much fun it was, getting to know each other and the stories over lots of laughter and lots of pie! (LOTS of pie.)

SOMEONE might have even thought that trophies would be awarded for a job well done. (They aren’t, but this was a great moment.)

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft

Photo credit: Balee Images

All in all, it was a spectacular day.

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft

Photo credit: Balee Images

Oh, and did I mention that our official photographer, Brandi of Balee Images, took headshots and group pictures, in addition to the candids? We love her.

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft

Photo credit: Balee Images

So, if you’ll go back and look at the pictures again, you’ll get a sense of the beauty that is our local sponsor DL Loft. DL Loft is a Parisian apartment right in the middle of Chicago. It’s furnished beautifully and has huge windows for great lighting and a professional chef’s kitchen complete with glassware, dishes, and serving pieces. This wonderful place is the brainchild of entertaining and design expert and author Debi Lilly, and you can rent it out for events, photo shoots, or even a place to stay in a great Chicago neighborhood: it sleeps six!

There is even a built-in DJ loft in the balcony, which is also a great photo spot!

Rehearsal 1 at DL Loft

Photo credit: Balee Images

We were absolutely thrilled to be able to rehearse in such a dreamy place (Thanks again, Debi!); it enhanced our first meeting in a major way. (In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the result Debi is looking for in everything she does!)

Check out DL Loft on Facebook to see some of the gorgeous photo shoots that happen there all the time. While you’re at it, check out A Perfect Event, Debi’s retail store/florist/event planning business that’s right next-door to DL Loft, at street level!

Thanks again to Debi Lilly and DL Loft for your support of our show this year, and thanks to Brandi at Balee Images for taking such phenomenal pictures!

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