**Please note, audition information has been changed.**
Everyone standing on the steps of Saint Andrew’s told a story on stage last year — well, except the baby, though maybe one day she’ll step up to the podium as well. Before any of the storytellers took the stage, they came to an audition, their stories on paper or index cards — and in that space between our heads and our hearts where we keep our stories.
We’re excited to announce the auditions for the 2016 cast of Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit. Sign ups are now open, and we want to hear your stories. And we mean YOURS — even if you’re not a writer or a stage performer or someone who likes hearing their own voice in the microphone.
We want to hear you.
Some facts about this year’s auditions
Auditions will be held on February 13, 17, and 21. More information about specific times can be found on the sign up form.
February 13 — Rochester Hills, Michigan (St. Paul’s Methodist Church)
February 17 — Dearborn, Michigan (location TBD)
February 21 — Detroit, Michigan (Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters Detroit)
The quick and dirty about 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
The quick and dirty about 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. Every story — and every storyteller — is invited and celebrated during Listen to Your Mother.
- To memorize your piece — LTYM is a series of readings. You do not have to memorize your piece — not for the audition, not for the rehearsal, and not for the show. 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.
Please sign up to tell us your story. We can’t wait to hear it!
For a fabulous breakdown of why you (definitely) don’t have to be a mom to participate in a Listen to Your Mother show, hop on over to the LTYM Chicago page.
Some of the LTYM Metro Detroit readers who have not been mothers can be heard on YouTube:
One more time… sign up here to audition for Listen to Your Mother Metro Detroit 2016. We’d love it if you would share this post with anyone who might be interested in auditioning to read in a Listen to Your Mother show, either in Metro Detroit or one of the other 38 fabulous cities hosting LTYM shows this year.