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