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You Have a Story to Tell

by jenniferwilliams on January 25, 2016

Remember that time… Every time my family gets together for anything, this is the one phrase that is heard the most.

“Remember that time momma made you stand in the front yard and hug the tree…”

This, of course, initiates tons of laughter. After that, the stories flow together to weave a quilt of our life, our parents’ lives, our kids’ lives. Our words and memories bind us together.

That is Listen To Your Mother.

LTYM Southeast Texas 2016

We know that you have those “remember those time” stories too, and we want to hear them. We want to hear stories that bind us together as mothers and as children.

“These stories make us who we are. It’s a part of the human experience to share these stories with one another. This is how we make sense of the world. This is how we find our place in the world. We tell our stories.” Summer, Listen To Your Mother – Southeast Texas, 2015

We want to hear YOUR story.

Registration to audition for the 2016 Southeast Texas Listen To Your Mother show is now open.

Who can audition?

You. That’s right. We are looking for you.

Women and men. All ages and all ethnicities. We want YOUR story.

Are you a mom? Want to be a mom? NEVER want to be a mom? Do you have a mom? Sister? Friend? Aunt? Wife? Then YOU have a story about motherhood. Auditioners need not BE mothers to speak on what motherhood means to them.

What should my story be about?

Anything related to motherhood. It is that simple and that complicated. We do not want tributes (of the my mom was the very best mom of all the moms in the world variety). We do want stories.

Tell us a story about your mom. Tell us a story about yourself. Or your wife or your aunt or a mom at church or your best friend’s mom who made you Rice Krispie treats because she knew they were your favorite (or maybe that was only my best friend’s mom). We even want stories about why you don’t want to be a mom or can’t be a mom or decided to wait to be a mom. We want those “remember those time” stories, the good ones and the bad ones, the funny ones and the sad ones, the ones that broke us and the ones that made us overcome.

Visit the LTYM YouTube channel for an idea of what types of stories are selected.

Still not sure?

I get it. Are you scared to tell your story? Worried about what people will think? Are you thinking that maybe this isn’t for you or that you just can’t do it? Last year, Donna felt the same way, but she found the courage she needed to stand on stage and tell her story. Afterward, she had this to say:

“Finally, I just have to say – if you have a story, tell it. It will set you free in so many ways. I’ve seen several messages and thoughts on Facebook thanking our cast members for sharing their stories, people telling them how brave they are. That alone is worth so much to me and I know to all of us involved… The stories of motherhood are varied and encompass so much. It would be a shame not to share yours.”

I agree. Here are the details and requirements:

  • Sign up to audition HERE.
  • Auditions will be held on February 27 and March 5 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitors Center in Beaumont, TX.
  • Essays must be about motherhood and five minutes or less when read aloud. Bring two printed copies of your original work.
  • Be available for two rehearsals (April 9 and 23) and the show dates (April 29 and 30).
  • Questions? If you find yourself confused by something or just needing more information, email us at ltymsoutheasttx@gmail.com.

Be sure to like Listen To Your Mother on Facebook For the list of cities across North America where shows will be held in 2016, click HERE.

To keep up with information on LTYM: Southeast Texas, follow us in all these places:
Jennifer: Twitter and Facebook
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Third Annual Listen To Your Mother Southeast Texas

by jenniferwilliams on November 16, 2015

Listen To Your Mother Southeast Texas

“I’m planning on doing the show again next year. I would really like you to join the team.”

“Why do you want to do the show again?”

“Because I love it.”

“What do you love about it?”

“Everything. I love the stories. I love giving people an opportunity to set themselves free. I love the support from our national team. I love the bond that grows between the cast and the support they have for one another. I love the look on the audiences faces when we see them after the show. I love the ‘me too’. I love working hard to achieve something amazing. But mostly, I love the way it makes me feel. Better, stronger, freer.”

“I’m in.”

We’re back Southeast Texas. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Stay tuned for date, venue, and audition announcements. Also, be sure to check out bio page for information on the production team.

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The 2015 Southeast Texas LTYM Videos are Here!

July 14, 2015

A Listen To Your Mother Season is never finished until the videos are live, viewed, and shared. Welcome to our 2015 Southeast Texas LTYM Show! (Click the photos or links to see the videos.) Betty Davis Pruitt reading Sink or Swim. Betty was not a teenage mother. She was eleven years old when she learned she was expecting a baby. Her story is one of survival and triumph over one of life’s toughest challenge. Christina Morales reading Milestones. Christina tells a heartwarming story about her children’s first day of school, one in kindergarten and the other starting high school. Tassie Kalas Hewitt reading First Dance. Tassie takes us on a hilarious ride as she narrates driving her daughter home from her first dance. With a date. Tiara Little reading Journey to the Center of Myself. Tiara tells the story of how giving birth to her daughter helped her find herself and become a […]

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The Power of My Story

May 26, 2015

“Thank you.” Exit stage right. I did it. I bared my soul to the audience and did minimal crying. Listen To Your Mother is everything I wanted it to be and more. The variety of the stories in the show, the many facets of motherhood all get a chance to be heard and I love that. My story was hard to tell. I couldn’t even get through the first rehearsal without sobbing each time I read through the story. It hurt. The story was my life, and it hadn’t been that much time since we moved from Austin. It was just about a year ago. Not doing LTYM was not an option, however. I knew that I had to do it, that I needed it. I had a draft completed by September before I even knew the audition submission deadline. The day I received the email congratulating me on being selected as a […]

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Listening for Common Ground

May 21, 2015

On Saturday, May 9th I stood on a stage in front of more than 100 people with nothing but a podium, a microphone, and some words I had written separating me from a room full of strangers. Blinded and a bit disoriented by the harsh stage lights, my words came slow at first. Hands ice-cold and clammy, voice caught in the back of my throat, I silently repeated the mantra taught by my college public-speaking professor: It doesn’t matter that you’re nervous. Just pretend that you’re not. Three or four sentences in, I found my pace, hit my stride, got lost in the telling of my very own story. The more I talked, the more it became clear that I was actually being heard. A room full of people listening to my telling: A story of my fears and inadequacies, culminating in a loss of control and ending with a hard fought resignation. Heads nodding, breath bated, […]

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