The readers for our final LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER MILWAUKEE Show have been selected and this process of finding which stories work best with the stories around them, was harder than it was the prior four years of our Milwaukee LTYM show.
For whatever reason, the stories we heard over two weekends of auditions had us taking longer than usual to make our choice. Everything seemed to want to be heard and it all had an urgency: what our Milwaukee storytellers came to share with us was astounding.
We promised a decision to our auditioners on February 6, then we had to ask for their patience while we added an additional two days to try pieces on one against the other, and on February 9, our decisions were made.
The pieces for our show always come forward, they magically reveal themselves on their own, and in the five years that we have been co-producing LTYM shows, we never stop being amazed at how strangers’ words work one along with the other, as if they were written together.
It happens every year at auditions, and every year our mouths drop open: How does Piece #5 fit in so perfectly after Piece #4? Somehow, they do, and it’s this trust in the process of these shows, something we’ve learned in our five years, that have us confident in the stories we have cast for our final LTYM Milwaukee show on Sunday, May 7.
Every year we tell those who audition that the pieces we choose are not a competition, or a “winner” as someone asked us at auditions. I won’t be cliché and say that all the stories we heard were winners, though they were-but I will say that all the stories we heard, I hope from the bottom of our hearts, that the readers felt we gave them honor.
I hope they felt the attention and care and thought that we gave to the stories when they shared them.
You honored us with your stories on audition day, Milwaukee, and we thank you.
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER MILWAUKEE would like to introduce you to our 2017 Final LTYM Show Cast:
Show Opener: Special Guest/Author Julie Davidson
Show Closer: Special Guest/Author Mel Miskimen
Final Read: Alexandra Rosas (co-producer LTYM Milwaukee)
Our featured speakers and our special cast will gift you with an afternoon of experience and lift your spirits with being part of something bigger than the life we know. You will hear stories that will make you laugh, that celebrate motherhood, that recognize the strength we have as women, and we promise you, the person you were before our show will not be the same person you will be after hearing these stories.
What you will hear in our final show on May 7 is that moving and profound.
We hope you don’t miss our final LTYM Milwaukee show. It will be an unforgettable community experience. We can’t wait to share our stories with you at Alverno College Wehr Hall on Sunday, May 7 at 3 PM.
Sharing our stories matters– whether you are cast in a show or not, your story will always matter.
We can’t wait for you to hear our show!
Your LTYM Milwaukee producers,