Join Us at Alverno’s Wehr Theatre on 4.27.14 at 3PM!

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About LTYM Milwaukee’s Venue

by Alexandra on April 22, 2014

 

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We are only days away from our 2nd annual Listen To Your Mother Show Milwaukee! We are buzzing with excitement and completing final last-minute tasks. We know our show will be a triumph and a success. Last year, we were astounded at the talent we were fortunate to find. And, again this year, our cast takes the art of the personal narrative to new heights.

This Sunday, April 27, at 3PM at Alverno College’s intimate Wehr Hall, we will proudly introduce Milwaukee to ten amazing storytellers. Each one with a story that was meant to be shared and heard.  Alverno College’s Wehr Hall is a dream venue for LTYM. The space, which seats 360, feels like an intimate gathering, and yet, the theatre is located right in the heart of the city of Milwaukee on a women’s college campus.  Jen and I had this location in mind from the very beginning of our first year, and we are thrilled to be at Alverno again. It’s a perfect fit for what we want our show to be. The campus is gorgeous, and the parking is generous.

We love this venue. It is cozy and non-intimidating and feels so right for us. You can find directions to the venue by clicking on Alverno College.  Tickets are on sale now through brownpapertickets/Milwaukee and available the day of the show, for $15.00/cash only.  We cannot wait to see you at the show!  The excitement is here!  Come see an amazing show filled with your community’s voices.

Jen and Alexandra

Listen To Your Mother/Milwaukee

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Letter to Our 2014 Cast

by Jennifer on April 14, 2014

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To the amazing and inspiring cast of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee 2014,

I am on cloud nine after our final rehearsal.  I felt the magic and community in the air as the thread of your unique stories combined to make this beautiful tapestry of the entire motherhood experience.  I saw each and every one of you come alive as you told your story.  Your stories were every bit as magical to me as the first time I heard them at auditions.  I cannot wait until we take the stage on April 27th.  Alexandra and I are so proud of you all.  You are putting your heart and soul into these pieces, and it comes across in your pieces.

Listen To Your Mother changed my life last year.  When Alexandra approached me to help her do the show, I did not hesitate for a second.  She helped me nudge me to write a piece for last year’s show.  I know how intense it can be to share your own words in front of an audience.  As the self proclaimed theatre nerd of the group, I was very comfortable up on stage.  I did not feel as comfortable at first when I read my own words instead of the words from a script.  I was not inhabiting a character; I was exposing my most vulnerable self.  I took more risks after LTYM because I had found my voice.

I realized the day of the show that sharing our vulnerability and authenticity is what binds us all together.  Listen To Your Mother helps us to build community.  We come from different backgrounds, and our life situations are uniquely ours.  I found something in everyone’s story that I can relate to.  I still felt the jitters and the nerves, but Alexandra’s words to the entire cast resonated with me.  Set an intention or a dedication for your piece, and that is who will receive your message.  Listen To Your Mother is that beacon of hope, that feeling of solidarity and community, and that message of all encompassing love.  In the words of the musical Wicked, “I do believe I have been changed for the better because I knew you.”  Thank you all for reminding me of the transformational power of storytelling.  It has been a honor and a privilege to bear witness to your stories.  Thank you for entrusting Alexandra and I with your beautiful words.  We are ready to let them take flight and soar into the universe!

Best,

Jen

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What Telling Our Stories Can Do

April 7, 2014

Today, Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee held its second rehearsal. And just like that, Jennifer Gaskell and I saw our cast go from tentative 6th graders at their first school dance, to confident high school seniors ready to take on the world. We have just a tech run-through left and then it’s the day of our show, April 27, and that day will feel like we’re walking our cast down the graduation aisle. Our cast of 10 began our LTYM journey just four weeks ago. We met for the first time on a March afternoon, surrounded by so much of the new — new people, a new adventure, new stories, a new experience. One by one, our cast took their seats around the table and listened to stories from strangers, knowing little more than their first and last names. We heard a woman tell of what she would do if given a second chance to really say all that there […]

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Tips for Show Time

March 31, 2014

by Jennifer May 1, 2013 As the resident theatre nerd of the Milwaukee team, I think in show tunes.  Doesn’t everyone dance across the stage during the technical rehearsal to break the tension? For the record, I did a superb running man.  Alexandra and I are blessed to have a gifted technical staff as we return for a second year to our venue,  Alverno College’s Wehr Hall.  Rollie is the technical director, and his expertise shines through.  His crew is professional and efficient.  Our wonderful photographer, Matt, and amazing videographer, John of Orphonic Multimediafollow, also showed up at our rehearsal to preview the venue and get some of the technical details ironed out. As an actor, I dreaded tech week also affectionately known as “hell week”.  Focusing lights and spotlights made me antsy as an actor.  I had to stand in my spot while the lights were focused.  As a director and producer, […]

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Top Ten Reasons to See Listen To Your Mother – Milwaukee!

March 25, 2014

LTYM Milwaukee will take the stage again,  Sunday, April 27, 3 PM at Alverno College’s Wehr Hall. You will hear stories from the depth, the breadth, the marvel and the expanse, that the community of Milwaukee will bring. Here we have the Top Ten Reasons you won’t want to miss this show: 1.) Elizabeth Braatz 2.) Christi Craig 3.) Linda Dindzans 4.) Colleen Hayes 5.) Rebekah Leger 6.) Nancy Ellen Martin 7.) Mel Miskimen 8.) Sini Mulloy 9.) Lane Pierce 10.)Mandy Reilly *Alexandra Rosas (co-producer) *Show will be emceed by co-producers Jennifer Gaskell and Alexandra Rosas Come see for yourself what the nation is talking about. Listen To Your Mother Shows will take you on a trip through the land of motherhood that will leave you nodding yes, grinning in solidarity, and wiping away a tear in shared moments. A LTYM show is an experience not soon forgotten, and one that is long after, talked […]

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