It’s Video Time!!

One of the best aspects about Listen to Your Mother is the “me too” moment. Someone, somewhere has an experience you ca relate to- whether it’s good, bad or ugly. The YouTube portion of the project, where every video from every show is kept, expands the possibilities of those “me too moments.”

If you attended the show, click through and watch your favorites again. If you weren’t able to attend, settle in and enjoy the journey Judy and I crafted. And if you’re wondering what else is out there, go ahead and click through to our many sister cities. Each one produced an amazing show filled with love, laughter, and sometimes tears.

Enjoy!! Thanks again to our sponsor, 12 Stars Media for capturing our show!

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2015: Show Day in Review

by Michelle on May 12, 2015

It’s been a week since we took the stage at the Indiana Historical Society. A week since we stormed the green room in laughs. And a week since we took any deep breaths and fought to calm our nerves, before bringing our show to the stage.

I’ve come to love show day, and in year three, I found that my own nerves were pretty under control, so the whole experience was more enjoyable.

We were greeted by our favorite photographer, Mike Washington, and we walked across the street from the auditorium for some cast shots.

I love these pre-show photo shoots with Mike (it was our THIRD with him). We laugh, ham it up for the camera, and have a great time.

2015 LTYM Indianapolis Cast Outside

Our Remarkable 2015 Indianapolis Cast

Our 2015 with our ASL interpreters.

Our 2015 Cast with our ASL interpreters.

After getting a feel for the stage, and greeting Braden of 12 Stars Media, we went backstage to do some deep breathing before the show. We also had a power-stance circle, and an energy hand squeeze. Without photos these are a little hard to explain, so we are sharing one…

The power-stance circle...

The power-stance circle…

Then it was show time. And each cast member read with such grace and poise that it took my breath away. Each one of readers had found her voice (and JL his), and all of their words were so powerful. Their stories connected with our audience.

The show sped by, like I’ve learned it does. All of a sudden we were standing in the lobby greeting and mingling with our audience.

We took a few more photos with Mike. I also love these shots, because we tend to look a lot more relaxed (we were!). The cast went for a brief walk on the lovely canal and enjoyed snacks provided by our local sponsors, Simplicity Holistic Health and Reggie’s Delicious Catering.

After the 1pm Show

After the 1pm Show

Before we knew it, it was time to do the show all over again. The second performance was as strong as the first.

An emotional reaction from the cast.

An emotional reaction from the cast.

As we cleaned up the green room we made plans to see each other again, and soon. We kinda like each other; this happens when we meet each other in a vulnerable place.

All in all, Judy and I loved every minute of this Listen To Your Mother season. To be tasked with creating a show is an honor in itself, and to be part of a larger movement, one that will yield over 500 taped stories this year alone is also a privilege.

This season is a wrap. Thank you Indianapolis, for listening.

The proud co-producers and directors.

The proud co-producers and directors.

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Meet Director & Producer Michelle McNally

May 1, 2015

What began as a conversation in a car ride up to Chicago seven or eight years ago between strangers year grew into a friendship and now a partnership. Michelle and I are producing our 3rd Listen To Your Mother show for Indianapolis! This is hard to believe. And like the first year, we have butterflies in our stomachs as May 3rd hovers on the horizon. We are excited to bring Indy a fresh show, with remarkable new stories that will resonate with everyone in our audiences. Michelle read in 2013 and 2014, in addition to co-producing and directing. We begin preparations for our show about six months ahead of our date—securing our venue, identifying a cause we wish to support, courting local sponsors, calling for submission, auditioning many of the submissions, selecting and rehearsing with our cast all the wile trying to market our show and sell tickets. Michelle is at my side, […]

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Meet Director & Producer Judy M. Miller

April 29, 2015

Judy and I have been friends now several years. I’m so glad the Internet brought us together! After reading her bucket list below, I’m very glad that our paths have crossed in central Indiana, because it sounds like she’s got a lot of wanderlust to resolve. I love working with Judy; her energy and enthusiasm is balanced with incredible insight and compassion. So much of the show has been her vision, and it’s my privilege to help bring those visions to fruition. I can’t wait to revel what we’ve been working on this year on May 3rd! This is Judy’s fourth season with Listen to Your Mother. She began as a cast member, and has been giving motherhood a microphone ever since. Judy was in the 2012 Northwest Indiana cast. She also read in 2013 and 2014, in addition to co-producing and directing Listen To Your Mother Indianapolis. What do you do in your […]

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Introducing Cast Member Amy Jones

April 28, 2015

We are delighted to introduce you to Amy Jones today. Amy is mom to two adult sons, and her story will hit you in the heart.  Get your tickets for our May 3rd show at the Indiana Historical Society today! Why did you audition? This is going to sound crazy, but like “Sue Hecht” from “The Middle”, this is the ‘year of the healthy yes’, for Amy Jones. I have focused most of my life on taking care of my family. My boys, my mom, my extended family have all had my focus for the last 18+ years. With my youngest son off to college this year, I have been determined to find new ways to stretch and say yes, to things that are good for me. I’m an ISTJ for anyone who has ever taken a Myers-Briggs test, this means that I’m NOT the life of the party. I write, I read, […]

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