Welcome to #LTYM La Crosse!

Meet the cast!

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One night. 13 stories. 416 seats filled.

What a magical evening, La Crosse! Thank you for being such a special part of it.

We are so grateful be the kickoff show in the LTYM finale season. It’s an honor to work with the fabulous Weber Center and their staff! What a gorgeous venue for our performance!

To our cast – THANK YOU for bravely stepping into that audition room and baring your souls on paper. We had a wealth of stories come forward, but we know we selected the most supportive bunch of people. From the start, you each gave 100%, you created the safe place to speak your true words in every rehearsal, and when show night came, you had one another’s backs. Thank you for capturing in your hearts and souls what the Listen to Your Mother process is about and for truly cheering one another on. Your sincere joy for your cast member’s accomplishments was felt by the audience and many of them remarked they could see how much you supported one another.

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You are the greatest group of people.

LTYM 2017 cast

To our phenomenal local sponsors – WOW! Thank you for generously supporting a show about motherhood. A lot of work and planning goes into producing a show like this and it wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration and assistance of:

BlogHer, Luvs, WKBT News 8, Women Writers Ink, Apropos PhotographyMidwest Family Broadcasting, Franciscan Spirituality CenterCoulee Parenting ConnectionCoulee Region WomenAlesa De Jager Floral, Red Balloon Early Learning CentersCPC Printing and Promotions, Lost Island Wine, WXYM Mix 96.1, CBS GraphicsPeople’s Food Co-OpSEVEN magazine, Uptowne Cafe & Bakery, Trust Point, Alpine Video Productions, and Wine Guyz.

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To our hardworking nonprofit beneficiary – YWCA La Crosse! Thank you for fighting to end racism and empower women and girls. We couldn’t imagine a better partner for the mission of LTYM and we love your staff’s commitment and enthusiasm to community collaboration.

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And last, but certainly not least, to YOU, our amazing friends, family, and community members who helped give motherhood a microphone! We think the happiest of our photos are the ones that show us all together.

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Thank you for witnessing this show that gives voice to so many.

We loved every minute of it, and hope you did too. Thank you for being part of our finale season!

All our best wishes,

Jess, Molly and Beth
The LTYM La Crosse Production Team

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*All photos captured by local sponsor Apropos Photography. 

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As the date of our La Crosse show draws closer – gentle reminder, it’s THIS FRIDAY! – the anticipation also increases. So many times over the past month of rehearsals, the cast has shared laughter and tears with one another. Oh the snorts and snuffles we’ve heard this month. We’ve held babies for our fellow castmates, we’ve clapped and cheered for each reader. We even made the cast play “People Bingo” and were SHOCKED to learn two of them had never seen the film The Princess Bride. WHAT?

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The reason that the Listen To Your Mother show is so magical is because we’re telling truths. The stories you hear tonight are not made up. These aren’t actors donning a costume. They are sharing with you a glimpse into their lives and for a moment we’re all in the same emotional space with them – whether we are laughing our heads off, on the edge on our seats wondering what’s going to happen, coping with the process of grief, or standing together in solidarity.

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Telling our stories makes us human. We learn, grow, and identify with them. The La Crosse cast comes from a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, family sizes, experiences, and cultures. This amazing group of people have been so supportive of one another and champions for each and every story. We haven’t all lived the same path, but we all carry similar struggles, or a-ha moments, or “I can’t believe that came out of my mouth!” instances.

I think you’ll feel the same way on show night. We hope to see you there.

Jess, Molly, and Beth

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13 Reasons to Come Hear Listen to Your Mother: La Crosse Tonight

You Don’t Want to Miss…

Amy Sanwick

Amy Sanwick

Sylvia Jimison reminiscing about party lines and sappy love songs in “My Mother Taught Me Love”

Amy Sanwick, AKA: Every Mom, struggling daily with “Don’t Break the Kids”

Jonathan Lamb honoring the many women who raised him in “A Couple of Betty’s and a Judy”

Clare Wight teaching Motherhood 101, a crash course and then some, in “Best Kept Secrets”

Beth Erickson facing the struggles of adoption in “You Were Never His Mother”

Jonathan Lamb

Jonathan Lamb

Nancy Heerens-Knudson eating her way through life lessons in “My Weekend With Grandma”

Joanne Adragna Shird beautifully and poetically giving tribute to “My Women, My Mother”

Maureen Freedland depicting life as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor in “Voices That Could Not Be Spoken”

Christy Wopat portraying the seen and unseen identities of motherhood in “Almost a Mother”

Sheida Teimouri

Sheida Teimouri

Sheida Teimouri describing the bond of mother and daughter in “Don’t Mention the Word ‘Mouse’ in Our House”

Susan C. Schuyler recognizing some life lessons, in fact, take a lifetime to learn in “My Hero”

Michael Scott boldly daring to enter the realm of mom groups in “Mr. Mom”

Livia Johnson discussing lessons in selflessness, craft projects, and “Knitting”

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Doors open at 7:00pm! Tickets available at the theater,
by phone call (608-784-9292), or for purchase online!

Show starts tonight at 7:30pm. We can’t wait to see you there!

*All photos generously taken by our local sponsor (and fellow mom), Diane Knothe of Apropos Photography.

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Join us behind the scenes and get to know our amazing cast of 13 women and men with mother stories to share! We asked them to tell us some of their funniest moments, hope-filled wishes, what their favorite books, music, and shows are, and more! Come see them LIVE on show night, April 28th at 7:30pm at the Weber Center. Get your tickets today! Maureen Freedland What are some fun facts about yourself? Fact #1: What made me the person that I am (besides, of course, “listening to my mother” or “not-so-much listening to my mother”), was Girl Scout Camp. Fact #2: I once laughed so hard at the dinner table with my older brother, Russell, that a piece of spaghetti came out of my nose. Fact #3: My college BFF, Dianne, and I were the freshman girls underwater distance swimming champions. I travelled from Miami to Atlanta in the trunk of a car one […]

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