Welcome to #LTYM Kansas City!

Meet the cast!

We did it! And That’s a Wrap.

by Greta on June 2, 2017

On Sunday, May 7, the cast of LTYM: KC took the Liberty Hall stage for the second and final time.

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Nerves were definitely high, but I think it’s fair to say we all had a blast and we won’t soon forget the experience (if ever).

Kathleen and I were (still are) proud mama birds who saw immense growth in our cast from the first rehearsal to the final performance.

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Though it was bittersweet to hear the stories that made up our very last show, we’re grateful that we got the chance to introduce the 13 stories (26 total over the two years we produced/directed) to our public in the Kansas City/Lawrence/Topeka area.

In the fall of 2015, Kathy and I found out that we were approved to bring the show back to the area after a year off, and we were thrilled, terrified, excited, terrified. We learned a lot in eight months, about how to put on a show, how to choose a cast, how to market our show, how to find sponsors so the show could go on, etc etc etc. We worked hard and we somehow did it. Then we took a huge breath and the summer off. In the fall of 2016, when we were set to do it all over again, we were still excited and slightly terrified, but we felt like we kind of knew what we were doing. From start to finish, this year’s show went relatively smoothly, with very few real obstacles to overcome. But the joy we felt when each cast member took the stage and absolutely killed it was very much the same as it was last year.

We had stories about the difficulties and rewards of foster parenting, being a trans woman and what that means for her future as a parent, several dealing with what I’ll call the “poop of motherhood,” lowering expectations (because we can’t all be June Cleaver), being a mom of many, how mothers can influence us when it comes to marriage and how we allow our bodies to be treated, losing a mother you’re so very close to and witnessing those last of her days, being a mother with serious health issues and what that means for the whole family, being a grandmother and influencing the newest girl in the tribe, struggles with becoming a mother, and even more poop. And Target.

It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for all of us, the cast and audience, but especially for me and Kathleen. We wanted our little birds to soar, and soar they did.

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Thank you once again, Kansas City, for allowing us the opportunity to share these incredible people and their stories with you.

Forever grateful,

Greta and Kathleen, director and producer of Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City 2016 and 2017

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All photos by our wonderful photographer, Karen Ledford

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It’s Show Time!

by Greta on May 5, 2017

In just two days, 13 Kansas City area locals will take the stage in Lawrence KS to perform their stories of motherhood in the very last Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City show. They’ll finish off the series of shows, following the casts from 2013, 2014, and 2016, with tales of heartache and humor, the joys and pains, the ups and downs of motherhood. Some of them are not mothers, some of them took a very long time to become mothers, some are deep in the throes of young motherhood, and some are watching their children grow and become parents themselves.

They’ve worked hard to overcome fears of public speaking and fears of telling their most personal truths, and they’re ready to leave it all on the stage Sunday afternoon.

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This will be the finale show in the Kansas City area, and the stories will not be uploaded to YouTube, so we hope you’ll join us to celebrate these 13 people, and mothers everywhere, this weekend.

Photo credit Dawn Swanger Photography

Photo credit Dawn Swanger Photography

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Meet Our Charity Partner: Meals on Wheels

May 4, 2017

Lawrence Meals on Wheels mission has always been to provide food service for the aged, convalescent and/or disabled residing in Lawrence, Kansas, regardless of race, color or creed, in order to remain independent in their own homes as long as possible. It has always been their goal to provide services to eligible clients regardless of their ability to pay. Lawrence Meals on Wheels provides hot nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and/or disabled, residing in Lawrence, who have a special dietary need and/or are unable to prepare their own meals. They are the only program in Lawrence that can provide specialized diets such as diabetic, low fat, renal etc. They are also the only program that serves those under 60 year of age. Their clients currently range in age from 35 – 100. Lawrence Meals on Wheels helps their clients to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as long as […]

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Meet Our Sponsor: Meadowlark Music Together

May 2, 2017

Meadowlark Music Together offers educational fun for families with little ones in Lawrence, Kansas and surrounding communities. Music Together is an internationally recognized music program for children from birth through age 7—and the grownups who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, we’ve always been pioneers in the field of early childhood music with truly innovative, high-quality music education and outreach programs that redefine what musical means. We’re research-based, so we know our stuff and we’re good at what we do. But we’re also down to earth, accessible, and all about having a good time. It’s a balance that makes us both serious and fun. What can we say? We’re serious about having fun! At Music Together, we understand the importance of music in early childhood—from birth, in fact. Because the truth is, most people are born with enough music aptitude to play in a symphony orchestra when they are adults, if […]

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2017 Cast Spotlight: Kathleen Fisher and Greta Funk

April 29, 2017

You’ve now met almost everyone in our 2017 Listen To Your Mother: Kansas City cast, and I hope you’re as excited as we are to see the show on May 7th! Don’t forget to get your tickets….you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll nod in solidarity. You will not regret bringing your best girl friends, your mothers, your grandmothers, your sisters, your nieces* (all of the women in your life, and what the heck, bring the men folk, too), and celebrating Mothers Day a week early. Now, we’d like to re-introduce ourselves. See you on May 7th! *Please note, we consider the show PG-13 for a small amount of language and tough subjects. Kathleen Fisher (producer) How did you discover LTYM?  I had been hearing about LTYM from writers I follow on Facebook where it was more prevalent on the East coast than anywhere around me. In 2013 there was a tiny blurb in the […]

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