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Literacy Kansas City & LTYM

by kathleenf on February 7, 2016

“The world was hers for the reading.”

-Betty Smith/A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City is proud to announce that Literacy Kansas City is our charity partner for our 2016 show.

Those of us involved in the production of this show know that the ability to write is rooted in a lifetime of reading.  From picture books to easy readers, junior books to novels, the stories we write are born from the very first words we successfully could read on our own.  Like a butterfly entering the world from its cocoon , reading has given us the ability to take flight into the pages of a book.

But what if your circumstances prevented you from ever being able to master what many of us take for granted?  If a note from a loved one, the daily newspaper, a restaurant menu or a highway sign is a mystery that you cannot unlock, where do you turn to for help?

From general programs to family programs, Literacy Kansas City offers a welcoming community dedicated to improving literacy skills and enhancing the quality of life for Kansas City’s greatest asset – our people.

Each term, tutors, volunteers, and instructors build a collaborative learning environment where adult students expand their reading, writing, math, and digital skills. With each term, a new group of students inspires a legacy of education that results in a more positive and productive community.

This is a daunting task that requires the support of our community.  Besides a financial investment, there is an ongoing need in these areas-

LITERACY TUTOR: Become a literacy tutor and work with students in one of our programs.

MATH TUTOR: Work with a small group of students enrolled in one of our literacy programs on Math skills.

STUDENT ASSESSOR: Interview and assess incoming students to help us place their reading level and get them started in our programs.

DIGITAL LIFE SKILLS INSTRUCTOR: Assist adult students with computer literacy.

TUTOR TRAINER: Work with the Instructional Specialist to train incoming tutors.

WORKSHOP AMBASSADOR: Assist with workshop set-up, tear down and welcoming participants. Answer the back door buzzer for entry to the building.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Represent Literacy Kansas City at volunteer fairs, resource fairs, speaking engagements and other special events throughout the community.

STAFF/OFFICE SUPPORT: Help answer telephone and greet office visitors by staffing our reception desk, or help with other administrative projects as needed (mailings, data entry, etc.).

As our charity partner for Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City, the needs of the mission of Literacy Kansas City have become our mission.

From a group of people dedicated to teaching adults to read to a group of people dedicated to bringing the written stories of motherhood to the stage, we can’t think of a more perfect partnership.

You can read more about Literacy Kansas City and the work they do in our community here.  Where learning to read changes lives.




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Audition Slots Are Open, Kansas City!

by Greta on January 8, 2016

Get ready, Kansas City, AUDITIONS ARE COMING!

Sign up, prepare your story, and come read it to us. After auditions, we’ll announce our 2016 Kansas City cast in February.

This is not a show for professional speakers/writers (though we welcome all levels of experience). LTYM is about Motherhood and Motherhood is for EVERYONE. Your voice and story may be the one that reshapes someone’s perspective of life when our 2016 show hits the stage (and then is added to the LTYM YouTube channel). Your story is unique. Your story is needed. Your voice IS worthy and your words ARE good enough.

Here’s what we’re looking for in Kansas City:

1. IMPORTANT: Each piece must fall between 3-5 minutes when read aloud. This is approximately 2 pages, but will vary widely depending on content and speaking style. PLEASE PRACTICE BEFORE SUBMITTING and edit appropriately to achieve the desired time.

2. The theme of your piece must fall within the topic of “motherhood.” Any true story about any aspect of motherhood is great!

3. We want a diverse mix of true stories. In addition, we’re looking for funny essays, sad essays, and everything in between. You don’t have to be a mom to be in a LTYM show. You don’t even have to be a woman! We welcome all stories of motherhood from all people.

4. You must be the author and owner of all rights to your piece. (Totally fine if it’s been previously published as long as you retain the rights.)

5. All pieces are subject to light editing.

6. You must be available for the following dates/times:
Auditions: Feb. 19th OR 20th
Rehearsal: Sunday, April 3rd, 2-5 pm
Rehearsal: Saturday, April 23rd, 9 am-12 pm
Show Date: May 1st, 11-7 (approximately) at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION APPOINTMENT, go to this link and fill out your availability and contact information: audition availability form. Auditions will be held at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence KS.

Appointments will be first-come/first-served until all slots are filled. AUDITION PIECES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5 MINUTES. You will receive an appointment confirmation prior to auditions. If you have any questions, concerns or issues, please email Greta at LTYMkansascity@gmail.com.

Listen To Your Mother auditions are a nurturing and respectful environment where you will read only for the director and producer (Greta Funk and Kathleen Fisher) who are very friendly. You don’t need to be nervous.

We hope your wheels are turning! If you have any Kansas City-area friends and family, please share this with them, too!  Keep checking back here for our charity partner announcement, sponsor news, and our 2016 cast. Let’s go!

Greta and Kathleen are excited to hear your stories!

Greta and Kathleen are excited to hear your stories!

Please note that all cities have their own guidelines and if you’re interested in any other show you should check their local website for details, which will be updated according to their own schedules!

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LTYM: KC Venue and Date Announcement!

January 4, 2016

Kathleen and I are so, SO excited to announce the date, time, and venue for the Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City 2016 show! Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM and join us at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, KS. Liberty Hall is located in the heart of downtown Lawrence, on Massachusetts Street (or “Mass” if you’re a local), and consists of a main theater, a smaller movie theater, a video store and a coffee shop. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Kansas City. Historic Liberty Hall is a gorgeous building that has hosted the likes of the Wu Tang Clan, Ani Difranco, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, Oscar Wilde and so many more incredible performers and entertainers. To be able to stand on the stage as those people just blows my mind. Though, the structure has stood on the corner of 7th and Massachusetts for just over a century, […]

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Listen to Your Mother is Back in Kansas City!

November 18, 2015

I can not express how very excited we are to be bringing Listen To Your Mother back to the Kansas City area! You may have seen the announcement for the 2016 season, in which Kansas City was among the 41 cities. I (Greta) was a cast member in the inaugural LTYM-Kansas City show in 2013 and it honestly changed my life. Since then, I’ve been hoping to be able to play a role in another show here and am just beside myself to be directing in 2016, along with producer Kathleen Fisher, who was in Kansas City’s 2014 cast. We have huge shoes to fill, and are beyond honored to be taking the reins this year. We are thrilled to be holding the show in Lawrence, KS, and can’t wait to share some of the amazing, artsy, college-town vibe of the city with you. Details on the date and venue coming very soon, as […]

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2014 Season Videos Are Live on YouTube!

July 22, 2014

I’m not a big fan of summer. The heat makes me crazy, kids at home when I’m trying to work makes me weary and the sweat—oh my Lordy, the sweat—makes me cringe. I’d happily trade every single summer day for an equal distribution of spring afternoons and fall evenings, and I have the sweaters and fuzzy socks to prove it. There is one thing about summer, however, that makes me ridiculously happy: Listen To Your Mother Show videos live on YouTube! Of course, we’re partial to the Kansas City show. We want to thank Buck Sommerkamp (again) for doing such a fantastic job and capturing our readings so well. As a director, it was a huge relief to know that Buck was up in that balcony, and our team is so thankful that he is a pro. We’re lucky that he’s worked with us for these past two years. If you want to […]

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