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That’s a Wrap! LTYM 2017

by monicagebell on May 31, 2017


This beautiful, talented group of women ROCKED OUR SOCKS this May 13th: all came to the podium with their powerful, transformative words with grace and bravery. Kudos to LTYM ROCHESTER!!!! And congratulations to all of our sponsors and audience: you have helped to raise over $8000 for the Society for the Protection and Care of Children!

Before you go on browsing these beautiful photos, courtesy of Debra Wallace Photography, remember: we’ll be BACK next May with more stories about Motherhood! See you soon! And thank you, thank YOU, for your unwavering support of this momentous, local show. With love, your production team:


Corrie, Sarah, Sally, Monica, and Emily (thanks for traveling and emceeing, Em! You were MARVELOUS!!!























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This is Sharon Stiller’s third year with Listen To Your Mother: she has been our singularly stalwart support as we have navigated producing this show–and we couldn’t ask for a more committed individual. Sharon is a known supporter of women and the arts (specifically, women in the arts) in Rochester, and has been for her entire professional life.
This weekend is special for several reasons: not only will Sharon’s vital part in Rochester’s Listen To Your Mother come to fruition tonight, but she will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with her own mother, who is still vivacious at 92 years young, and witness her beautiful daughter, Sierra, receive her Masters of Education degree. Thus, it is a weekend of family and celebration! Congratulations to Sharon and her family–and thank you!

We asked Sierra to speak about her amazing mom for us. Here’s what she said:

What words best describe your mom?
Advocate, driven, activism, supportive, superwoman. 
Tell us about your favorite memory with your mom.
My favorite memory of my mom and me would have to be take your daughter to work day. It was a proud moment for me being able to learn what she does at work and just how hard she works everyday.
What qualities do you find to be her best, among the many she has?
My mom’s best attributes would have to be her willingness to help others, and her go-getter attitude!
Tell us about how your view of your mom has changed over time.
My view of my mom as a child was that she was a busy and hardworking woman who spent time with me when she could but wasn’t always present. My views have changed as an adult. We have grown closer and spend more quality time together amidst our busy lives.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from your mother?
The most important lesson I have learned from my mom is perseverance. She has never once told me I can not do something or to give up on my dreams. As she always says, “Sierra if you want it bad enough you have to work hard. For you, sometimes you have to work even harder than others and that’s okay”.
Finally, what’s your Mother’s Day wish for Sharon?
My wish for my mom this Mother’s Day is to be proud of my accomplishments as I cross the stage as an MSEd candidate.
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Parking, Accessibility, & Dining Options: Everything You Needed To Know About Saturday Night (And Weren’t Afraid to Ask)

May 10, 2017

Thinking ahead, are you? Trying to plan where you might park and dine and get to LTYM on time? Here are your questions, answered! I haven’t purchased a ticket online. Can I buy a ticket at the door? When? How can I pay for it? We will only be accepting credit cards this year. We cannot accept checks or cash. Doors open at 7 p.m. for day-of ticket sales and admission. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare, as we did sell to capacity last year. If you are not comfortable with purchasing tickets online but don’t want to risk not getting seated, please email Gebell.monica@gmail.com no later than Saturday at 4 p.m. with your phone number, and we will contact you. Tickets at the door will cost $25. (They are $18.50 until the day of the show.) Seating is General Admission. Where will I park? We have four main options for parking: The Jewish Federation is […]

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A beautiful silence.

May 8, 2017

There’s just something special about the silence of a beautiful, majestic room when words meet air. See you on Saturday night when you’ll be a part of it. by

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A lotta love here (at Nox Cocktail Lounge)

May 8, 2017

In the past two weeks, we’ve assembled for cocktails, informal rehearsals, and a final dress rehearsal. In short: there’s been a wholelottabonding going on. It makes us so happy when our alumni cast members and current cast members–and their families– finally meet and connect. Truly, there is a new kind of family growing in Rochester. Special thanks to Podium Sponsor Nox Cocktail Lounge for hosting and for the yummy treats.   by

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