Casting call: LTYM Metro Detroit 2017

by angela on December 23, 2016

photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

photo credit: Chris Ahern Photography

Holiday season has moved from festive to frantic in a lot of households, and that means spending time with family and friends — or not. Holidays bring emotions and memories crashing to the forefront, for better or for worse, and that means there are lots of stories waiting to be told by the time January rolls around.

We’re ready to hear your stories. Seriously. We’re ready. We’re holding auditions for the LTYM Metro Detroit cast this January, and we want to hear what YOU have to say about motherhood.

The LTYM experience brings motherhood stories to the stage, which means every single person in the Metro Detroit area has a story that belongs in our show. We want to hear about your mother or about what it means to you to be a mother — or what it means to you to NOT be a mother. We welcome stories from mothers, but we’re also looking for stories from people who’ve experienced other facets of motherhood, as a daughter or a son or a husband or a wife.

If you’ve ever thought about auditioning for a LTYM show, this is the year to do it. Bring us your motherhood stories, the ones that make us laugh, the ones that make us cry, and the ones that make us nod our heads because we understand exactly what you’re sharing.

Some facts about this year’s auditions:

Auditions will be held on January 14, 18, and February 5. More information about specific times can be found on the sign up form.

January 14 — Dessert Oasis, 336 S. Main Street, Rochester, Michigan

January 18 — Ferndale, MI (Location, TBD)

February 5 — Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters, Detroit Michigan

What you need:

  • A true story about motherhood in any of its forms, positive, negative, joyful, heartbreaking, or exquisitely simple, that is 3 – 5 minutes long when read aloud.
  • Two copies of your piece to the reading — we’ll be keeping at least one of them

What you DON’T need:

  • To be a professional writer, storyteller, or stage performer — We have had readers who have never been on a stage until our rehearsal and readers who do improv theater as a hobby. LTYM celebrates every type of storyteller.
  • To memorize your piece — LTYM is a series of readings, which means you will always have a copy of your piece in front of you.
  • To be a mother — With over a thousand stories told during Listen to Your Mother shows, the stories exploring motherhood have been told by daughters, sons, fathers, sisters, and brothers. Some of them  read about their mothers, some read about becoming mothers, and some read about people in their lives who have taken the role of a mother figure. Motherhood is messy, complicated, and can be explored in myriad ways. Everyone has a motherhood story to tell.

We want to see you on our favorite stage, the one at the iconic St. Andrew’s Hall. The podium is waiting for our 2017 cast of Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit, and we are so excited to hear the stories that will take the stage on April 30, 2017.

Sign up for auditions here. We can’t wait to meet you.

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Announcing LTYM Metro Detroit 2017

by angela on November 18, 2016


Typing 2017 feels a little surreal, but it’s a sure sign that 2016 is barreling to a close. The Angelas are looking forward to welcoming a new year, and we’re thrilled to invite you to our fourth — and final — Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit.

That’s right. This is our grand finale year. We think it’s fitting that it’s our fourth season in Metro Detroit, because we want our grand finale to feel a little like our senior year of high school. Well, our senior year of high school if we went to high school on a TV show: celebrations and nostalgia and embracing every single moment of the 2017 LTYM season.

We’re returning to St. Andrew’s, which feels a little bit like an “of course” for us. When you love a venue the way we love and appreciate those storied walls, it’s the only choice for your grand finale show. We might shed a few tears the last time we walk through those amazing doors at Saint Andrew’s Hall for a Listen to Your Mother show.

We’ll be opening ticket sales soon and announcing audition dates, and we truly hope you’ll be around for both things. If you have a story to tell, we want to hear it! If you’ve ever thought about coming to a show but found your schedule kind of packed and figured you’d catch us “next year,” we have a seat for you. It’s now or never time, and we are ready for you!

Come and join us this spring.

When: Sunday, April 30th

Where: Saint Andrew’s Hall, Detroit 

Audition dates and ticket sale information will be announced soon!

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