Cinco De Mama!

by heatherann on May 27, 2016

Northern Utah’s 4th Listen To Your Mother Show did not disappoint. Held May 5th, our videographer Pete, who has taped the show since we first took the stage in 2013, lovingly called this year’s show, CINCO DE MAMA!

The room was filled with the best audience who laughed and cried right along side our cast and I have come to know with all my soul that these stories we share and the courage that is shown touches and changes lives.

We also had a first this year, our first male cast member. John Kinnear ended the night by reading a letter to his wife on Mothers Day, which wrapped the evening up with a beautiful bow.

This show, the process, and the heart behind all of it, transforms. And this year was no different.


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Meet the Northern Utah Cast 2016

by heatherann on April 8, 2016


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Cassie grew up in California, but she’s now been in Utah for almost as long. After many years of teaching school, she married her perfect match. Her introverted husband balances her overly social nature. Cassie then became a mother to a boy, then a girl, then another boy—in very quick succession. She loves playing the banjo and singing, and she has played in multiple folk/bluegrass bands. She loves to rock climb and is an avid camper. She’s pretty good on roller blades, and she can pick things up off the floor with her toes.

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Crystal Liechty published a book once (The First Year, Cedar Fort, 2006). She used to be a newspaper reporter and an editor. Now she edits books for money, watches Korean dramas for fun and takes care of her three children because no one else will.

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Molly is a resident of beautiful Park City and is in love with the mountains, trails, scenery, crisp air, clear skies, ski runs, and the community in general. She is a graduate of the Music/Dance/Theatre program of BYU where she performed with the Young Ambassadors and she served an LDS mission to Peoria, Illinois. She is the mother to three little shitlins, the wife to one incredible man, and the author of the blog Hope Smiling Brightly. She can frequently be seen on stage at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, occasionally on television, and she can likely be heard from a few blocks away–either belting a song at the top of her lungs or –ahem–yelling lovingly at her children. She grew up on the East Coast and Idaho and can make the ugliest face you’ve ever seen. She’s obsessed with Thai food, Vietnamese food, high-quality frozen yogurt, mango anything, and delicious baked goods.

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Stephanie is the “because I said so” boss of three spirited children. Her family lives in Utah even though she swore they never would. She occasionally teaches religion classes at BYU, at EFY, and at BYU Campus Education Week, and every once in a while she writes a book, like Covenant Motherhood. Stephanie used to blog prolifically at Diapers and Divinity, but now she blogs intermittently atWord to the Wise. She loves to plan fantasy vacations and go out to lunch with friends, but secretly likes naps and milk chocolate even more.

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Sarah Plummer is the youngest of ten children, has four of her own (number five coming soon), and has been an aunt since she was four. She knows things about mothering, and being mothered. But also, she knows about writing and art. She studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Utah, and graduated in 2004. She belongs to a remarkable writing group, a rowdy book club, and is a volunteer art teacher for 2nd and 5th graders. She’s married to Sam. They dated in high school and are still good at kissing.

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Julie DeMille started her writing career at the age of eight—with poems.  Being a writer was always a goal. To her poetry, she added short stories, novels and one very neglected blog. Another goal was to be a mom, which she achieved eight times over. In the last couple years she added grandma to her list of titles. She adores her grandson and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her second grandchild. Julie’s favorites are her husband, Guy, Mexican food, diet Coke and TMZ. Her favorite day is Monday when she gets to email chat with her missionary daughter, Sadie.


Christi Leman has worked as a freelance pianist since she was sixteen years old, but she’s wanted to be a writer for even longer. She adores travel, listens to story podcasts while (reluctantly) exercising, and speaks non-fluent Japanese. She and her husband, Peter, live with their two children in Springville.

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Amy Felix Stewart grew up in a large family in a smallish Utah town. She earned her BA in English from Brigham Young University and is an intermittent editor, technical writer, and neighborhood piano teacher. These days she spends most of her time trying not to ruin her three terrific children, but she also manages to sneak off frequently and binge-read beautiful prose. She has recently discovered that writing can be an effective form of free therapy, and that life is a whole lot better when you write it down.

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Debbie Frampton teaches 12 grade Language Arts at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, and also works as a chaplain for Elevation Hospice. She taught English classes for a dozen years at BYU-Hawaii and over the course of her professional life her interests have evolved toward healthy grief practices. She is a writer, a storyteller, and a mother of four (nearly) adult children. She currently lives in Highland, Utah with her husband, twin sons, and pregnant golden retriever.

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John Kinnear is a father of two and author of the popular dad blog, Ask Your Dad. He work has been featured on Mamamia, The Huffington Post, Lifetime Networks, and regularly taped to the front of his mom’s refrigerator.

Emilie Ahern is a mom to five and a wifey to one…they’re not THOSE kind of Mormons. She has an unhealthy addiction to reality television, simple carbs, Project Runway, creme brule, and travel. She knows every single word to every single song on the ABBA Gold album. It’s a crowning achievement of her life and she’s not afraid to admit it. When old ladies in the grocery store tell her to cherish every moment of motherhood she chooses to ignore them. Nobody cherishes potty training. Nobody. She blogs at where she occasionally swears and at where she never swears.
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Lori Hansen has been telling stories for years. As a professional storyteller, she has told at festivals from Port Angeles, to Timpanogos, to Weber, to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. She’s the primary director for The Great Bear Folk Theatre, a company she founded with Omar, her husband of 34 years. Together, they are dedicated to telling stories in all forms. Lori’s the mother of five, grandmother of three, and has always considered her children her most important listeners. And now, their stories continually teach her. She’s thrilled to be a part of Listen To Your Mother.


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Northern Utah 2016 Cast Announcement

March 29, 2016

What an amazing privilege it is to sit through LTYM auditions. The first 30 seconds of this year’s auditions and I was crying like a baby. 20 minutes later I was belly laughing. That is the beauty of auditions. Women, and this year a man (Woo Hoo!) shared their stories about motherhood. It is painful to have to decide, but without fail a show emerges. Taking every piece is impossible. So you work through the stories that are best for this year’s show, and then we celebrate the process of it all. The last three years, the Northern Utah show has been a huge success, and this year promises to be no different. It is with great excitement that I present the 2016 Northern Utah cast. Amy Felix Stewart Cassie Gadd Christi Leman Crystal Liechty Debbie Frampton Emilie Ahern John Kinnear Julie DeMille Lori Hansen Molly Jackson Sarah Plummer Stephanie Sorensen Tickets are ON […]

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Almost There…

March 28, 2016

Two days of auditions proved to be another amazing experience for Northern Utah. The stories were raw and real and brave. It is always humbling to hear the stories and feel the emotions that women and (this year for the first time) men, are willing to share. It has taken a few extra days to work out a small unexpected glitch that followed the last day of auditions. Thank you for being patient…It is almost time to announce the cast of the 2016…almost there… by

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AUDITIONS are OPEN for 2016-Northern Utah

February 25, 2016

The TIME has arrived. We need your stories! Auditions are now open for the 2016 Northern Utah Listen To Your Mother Show. Are you a mom, do you have a mom, do you know a mom, do you have thoughts on motherhood? Of course you do! Then we are looking for YOUR story. The only requirement is that Motherhood is the star of the show. Listen to Your Mother is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. This is the third year that LTYM has been in Northern Utah. The show continues to be moving and monumental for those who participate and attend. As we gear up for this year’s show, WE NEED YOUR STORIES. Original stories about motherhood. The beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested that is motherhood. We are looking for a wide range of perspectives and aspects about motherhood.  Humorous, serious, anything goes. […]

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