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There’s a First Time For Everything

by elaine on March 31, 2015

I was nervous and excited as I drove up to our first rehearsal at Howell’s Furniture in Beaumont on Saturday.  I had met all of these people before, of course, however they had yet to meet each other.

Thankfully, I had nothing to be nervous about.  Every one settled in quickly as we got to know each other.  We ate together and laughed together and cried together and took photographs together.  After Jennifer set up the camera, on furniture and crazy expensive bolster pillows.

Their stories flowed freely and beautifully and in perfect order – their truly amazing stories.

And as I drove away, all I could think about were these individuals and how as a collection, they are making one gorgeous show.  One full of life experiences and tales of motherhood that carry hope and life and light as their main themes.  Even the funny ones. Each story is different but still connected.

That’s the magic of this show.  The connection and bonds that are formed.  Even with the audience, which I KNOW is going to happen this year, again.

Soon, we will formally introduce our amazing cast but for now, here are some photos from our wonderful first rehearsal.

 

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Tickets are on sale now. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program. We cannot wait to see you at the show on Saturday, May 9th at 7 p.m.!

A great, big thanks to our local sponsors: Divergent Theater, Whole Mothering Center, and Flora Padilla Photography.

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Local Sponsor Spotlight – Divergent Theater

by jenniferwilliams on March 27, 2015

Elaine and I are so happy to welcome Divergent Theater as a local sponsor to our LTYM Southeast Texas family.

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Divergent Theater aims to create theatrical works for the benefit of the community, with an emphasis on plays and readings that highlight women’s experiences. Divergent Theater also offers educational acting workshops for children, teens and adults, as well as interesting plays that cover the range of human experience.

“While women’s issues are our emphasis, Divergent’s overriding mission is to enrich and elevate the theatrical opportunities in Southeast Texas,” founder Ramona Young says.

Divergent has presented several plays in various locations around Beaumont. In September, the troupe presented “Gab Fest,” a collection of monologues gathered from a variety of sources, including some by local authors. They presented “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” a reader’s theater by Nora and Delia Ephron, which played to standing-room only audiences. Another popular show was “Motherhood Out Loud,” which was centered on stories about mothers told from the perspective of mothers, daughters and sons.

“Reader’s theaters are a great form of storytelling,” Young says. “They are a great way to introduce people who would not normally come to a show to the excitement of theater. Also, it allows us to cast people who want to try acting but are hesitant to commit to a full show. We have uncovered several really talented actors this way.”

In November, Divergent brought award-winning Los Angeles-based playwright Chambers Stevens’ show, “My Dirty Little Secret” to Beaumont. Stevens was on hand to lead the actors, and he also held workshops on the skills required to audition for television shows and commercials.

Most recently, Divergent Theater presented Itamar Moses “Love/Stories,” a modern collection of short plays about love and theater. Young also co-hosted the Symophony of Southeast Texas’ pops concert.

Divergent Theater will present the play “Birth,” a play by Karen Brody, May 15 and 16 at the Logon Café, with proceeds benefiting the Whole Mothering Center.

Divergent Theater hopes to have a permanent space within the next couple of years, which will allow them to expand the opportunities for local actresses.

We are also happy to announce that founder and artistic director Ramona Young has been named emcee for the 2015 “Listen To Your Mother” event.

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“Women have a wealth of knowledge and experiences that need to be spotlighted,” Young says. “Events like ‘Listen To Your Mother’ are important to educate and, above all, entertain. This is such a great concept,” she says. “It is a natural fit for Divergent’s commitment to women’s stories and experiences.

“It is really important that we spread the word about the transformative power of theater and storytelling. As a drama teacher and director, I have seen how kids and adults have found confidence and inspiration through theater.”

For information, visit Divergent Theater on Facebook, or visit www.DivergentTheater.com.

Tickets are on sale now for the show on May 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Lamar University Theatre. Buy your ticket today to help support this wonderful organization.

We would like to thank our cast member Andy Coughlan for interviewing Ramona and writing this post.

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Local Sponsor Spotlight – Flora Padilla Photography

March 20, 2015

Jennifer and I are excited to welcome photographer Flora Padilla to the LTYM Southeast Texas family!  We are so happy to announce that she will be the photographer for our show this year.  Although she specializes in weddings (and wow! she does them so well!) she is thrilled to photograph the show and capture the people who are ready to tell their stories.       We are truly fortunate that she is also a Lamar University alum and is familiar with our venue and the campus.  How better to continue to promote supporting our community, right? That is, after all, part of what Listen To Your Mother is about. I asked Flora to talk about what she loves most about her chosen career.  Here is what she had to say: “I love that a picture can give you confidence you didn’t know was in there. I love how a picture can say I love […]

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Our Cause – The Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program

March 17, 2015

We are so happy to once again support the Julie Rogers Gift of Life program with proceeds from our local Listen To Your Mother Show. The Gift of Life started supporting medically underserved women in Southeast Texas with free mammograms in 1994. Since then, they have expanded their efforts to providing prostate exams and educational outreach services. In addition to their breast cancer and prostate cancer programs, they also have expanded their services with activities throughout the year, including: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kick-off Survivors’ Celebration honoring breast and prostate cancer survivors Annual Health Forum, a complimentary continuing education conference for Southeast and East Texas medical professionals that focuses on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment Collaboration with BASF and TOTAL Miracle Match for Life to increase knowledge about the importance of donating blood and bone marrow and detecting cancer in its early stages, especially within African American communities School-based and community-wide smoking […]

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We Have a Cast!

March 10, 2015

On Saturday, February 28th we had auditions for the second annual Southeast TX Listen To Your Mother show.  It was quite a day!  We heard an array of wonderful stories from mothers and non-mothers alike.  It was so nice to look at each other at the end of the day and say, “We have a cast.”   Jennifer and I are so thrilled to announce the cast for the 2015 show! The anticipation almost killed me this year, I was so excited to hear the stories from those who were brave and auditioned.  The entries this year reminded me how many facets there really are to this thing we call “motherhood”.  I am pretty sure anyone who comes to our show this year is going to be blown away by the multitude of amazing stories our cast members have to share.  From funny, to tearful, from one about teenagers to one about a kinda […]

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