Welcome to #LTYM Madison 2016!

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Announcing Our 2016 Cause: Literacy Network

by susanyong on February 2, 2016

A vital component to Listen to Your Mother’s mission is our support of women and families in need. Every year, each local team selects a nonprofit partner for the season, building awareness for the cause in front of both our real life and online audiences, and donating at least 10% of our event ticket proceeds. Many cities add fund-raising for their cause day of show, as well. This year in Madison, we are beyond thrilled to partner with an incredible cause that helps improve lives through literacy – Literacy Network.

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Made up of teachers, students, and volunteers, Literacy Network is a nonprofit organization that aspires to improve adult literacy in Dane County through tailored programs for adults who struggle with reading, writing, or speaking English. All of them are free! Literacy Network also trains hundreds of volunteer tutors and strives to educate our community on the importance of improving adult literacy skills in our community.

Literacy Network helps their learners–the majority of whom are women–achieve life goals through literacy every year. Some even steer towards a better life after going to Literacy Network through improved skills toward workplace goals, for example. Watch successful stories of a few of their learners below or on the Literacy Network YouTube Channel.


LTYM: Madison thanks Literacy Network for all the amazing work they do to help Madisonians build skills, and improve lives. You can learn more about Literacy Network on their website or you can like them on their Facebook page. Be sure to join us show day at the Barrymore, May 8th to help us support this life-changing organization!

Listen to Your Mother is now seeking stories for our 2016 audition season! Find out more about your audition and submission info for LTYM 2016 here. We want to hear YOUR stories!!

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Mothers and mother figures alike have a way of saying things that we seem to want to ignore, but somehow remember just when we need them. What stories stick with you?

Listen to Your Mother: Madison is now seeking stories for our 2016 audition season! It could be a letter, a never ending cliché, the many times she snooped through your things, the loving things she did for you that you deeply appreciate years later when you are a mother yourself. Perhaps you have your own story to tell about overcoming tragedy, being a super mom (aren’t we all super mom’s anyway?) or trying to get the world to see your lil’ guy’s life matters, too. Maybe one particular memory will bring our house down with laughter, or bring comfort and knowing nods to those who need them most.

You don’t have to be a mother to audition, you don’t have to be a writer or a performer. Yes, men are welcome, too!

Whatever your story is-in all its different hues and tones-we would love for you to share it with us!


In anticipation of our 7th and biggest show ever, we have THREE different locations available for auditions.

Sunday February 21st on the East Side from 1-4 pm

Tuesday February 23rd in Fitchburg from 4-6 pm

Thursday February 25th on the West Side from 6:30-8:30 pm

Please note:

  • AUDITION PIECES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5 MINUTES. Please time yourself reading aloud before auditioning to make sure your piece does not exceed 5 minutes. Shorter is fine. Shorter is great!
  • Please read right from your paper and don’t memorize your piece. We read directly from the page on show day.
  • Please bring a copy of your piece that will not be returned.
  • Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out an audition form.
  • Previously published work accepted as long as author retains full rights or has express permission to read the work for the event.
  • Please note, commitment includes two rehearsals, TBD in March/April, and a pre-performance run-through at noon at the Barrymore on show day.

Auditions are by appointment only through February 18th. Here’s how to get yours:

Email keyla20002000@yahoo.com. Be sure to write AUDITION in the subject line.


Leave a message at 608-301-5208


contact Takeyla Benton via Facebook messenger


Not sure where you’d begin, check out our previous show videos from both Madison and around the country on our Youtube channel, or pick up the first ever hilarious and heartfelt LTYM book .

We can’t wait to hear your stories!

LTYM Madison 2015, photo by Melissa Austin

LTYM Madison 2015 pictured with Madison Youth Choir, photo by Melissa Austin

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