Join Us Sunday May 7 at 4PM!

Location in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor To Be Announced.

Click here for audition information.

It’s true! If you ever thought…maybe? This is your last chance to be a part of the incredible, bonding experience that is Listen to Your Mother: Southwest Michigan! At least as it has existed thus far.

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Here’s the short version: The Listen to Your Mother brand has been sold to a theater company. That’s actually amazing news! It WILL live on, just not with our esteemed founder and national director, Ann Imig at the helm, and not with the same national team, all of whom have been incredible to work with. I have no doubt that Miracle or 2 Productions, Inc. will be amazing to work with, too. And the cool thing is that in the future Listen to Your Mother shows could pop up anytime of year, anywhere, featuring either local readers with original stories, as always, or actors reading from a provided script. You can learn more about the future of Listen to Your Mother here.

What this means for us locally is that Beth and I are going to put on the best, most community-focused and community-bonding show yet (and boy do we need it these days, huh?)! And that’s saying something, because we’ve had two incredible, powerful shows so far…thanks to YOU! Thanks to the brave souls who show up to audition. Thanks to those of you that make up our incredible casts. And thanks, from the bottom of our hearts, to those that come out and give us the best audiences around! We know you’ll do it again. And we can’t wait to go out with one heck of a bang!

To do that, we need you, once again, to bring us your amazing, hilarious, thoughtful, heartwarming and hard-hitting true, personal, in-the-moment stories about motherhood. Here are the deets (that’s details):

Auditions will take place at the Listen to Your Mother: Southwest Michigan office (also home of Pete Jorgensen Real Estate, corner of Elm & Main, downtown St. Joe) at 420 Main Street, St. Joseph, at the following dates & times:

Saturday, March 18, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

What you’ll need:

  • Your brave, always. My co-director, Beth Haire-Lewis and I are big believers in brave.
  • Two printed copies of your original story on the topic of motherhood, which you’ll leave with us.
  • Stories must be edited to the best of your ability (if you are cast in the show, they may be subject to further editing), 3-5 minutes read aloud (I can’t stress this enough), prepared, but not too prepared. Our shows are always live readings, no memorization is ever needed.
  • NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, including direct motherhood experience. We all had mothers, or didn’t have a mother, or witnessed motherhood (or grandmotherhood, or stepmotherhood, etc…) at it’s funniest, best, worst…man, woman, child (13 or over), any shape, any color, any kind (fur babies, anyone?)…we want to hear it! If you have a story, bring it! I can’t stress that enough either. Let Beth and I decide whether or not it fits with the other stories we hear to build the quilt of our show. Yours might be just the one we need to bring all the other stories together.
  • I can’t stress this enough either: puhLEASE, bring us your funny, southwest Michigan! We can’t build a show with all sad or all remembrance or all anything. We need a variety. {Again, think quilt.}

Here’s how you get a tryout/audition appointment:

  • Preferred: Email ltymswmichigan(@)gmail(.)com, type AUDITION in the subject line with your preferred date in the body of the email, please include your phone number.
  • Call Kim at 269.487.6024
  • Written submissions (type SUBMISSION in the subject line) accepted via the same email as above through March 15, and we’ll get back with you to schedule your live, in-person audition time.
  • If you have a story, please don’t let technology or anything stand in your way. If you need assistance, please, please reach out. We will do our best to accommodate you. Including, least preferred, but just show up and we’ll fit you in.

Please note that we are not required to videotape stories this year. This is a huge relief from a production standpoint (holy, source of STRESS gone, yay!), and we feel in the long run that it makes the idea of auditioning and possibly reading for the show a friendlier one for many.

WE CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU, SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN! Bring it! As you always do!! <3 <3

Best & Warm,

–Kim Jorgensen Gane & Beth Haire-Lewis

Curious about our casting decisions? Read more about how LTYM puts our shows together here.

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Audition Season for Listen to Your Mother 2017 Has Begun!

by kimjorgensengane on January 17, 2017

Your story could be an essential part of this year’s Listen To Your Mother celebration of mothering by giving a voice to motherhood — in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. If you have a story longing to be heard about your mother, your own view as a mother, or about a mother-figure in your life — write it down and share with us!

Southwest Michigan is currently accepting written submissions via email to ltymswmichigan (@) gmail (.) com. Please make sure your piece is edited to the best of your ability and that it does not exceed FIVE MINUTES read aloud (we suggest you record yourself reading it so you can get a time). Please be sure to write SUBMISSION in the subject of your email. You will be contacted soon when try-out/audition signups are made available for March!


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Audition process and requirements vary by city, and some cities have not yet made their announcements but will soon (including Southwest Michigan!). We will update audition info as it is available –keep checking in and be sure to follow Listen To Your Mother on Facebook and @LTYMShow on Twitter for updates.

Find audition information for an #LTYM 2017 city near you by visiting the main LTYM website here.

Here are some helpful links as you consider sharing your LTYM story:

What is LTYM? Our FAQs
5 Reasons to Write Down Your Stories by founder Ann Imig
5 Reasons to Read Your Stories on Stage by founder Ann Imig
Attention All Auditioners: How LTYM casts our shows


These are the cities making a return for the 2017 season:

Atlanta ~ Austin ~ Baltimore ~ Baton Rouge ~ Boston ~ Boulder ~ Burbank ~ Charleston ~ Chicago ~ DC ~ Kansas City ~ La Crosse ~ Lehigh Valley ~ Madison ~ Metro Detroit ~ Milwaukee ~ North Jersey ~ Northern Utah ~ NYC ~ Oklahoma City ~ Pittsburgh ~ Plumas County ~ Providence ~ Raleigh-Durham ~ Rochester ~ San Antonio ~ San Francisco Bay Area ~ Southwest Michigan ~ Spokane ~ St. Louis ~ Twin Cities!!!

Join Us!!!

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The 2016 LTYM: Southwest Michigan Videos Are Here!

July 25, 2016

Did you miss this year’s Listen To Your Mother Show — or want to hear the stories again? Now you can watch our 2016 show on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel! This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Watch the 2016 Southwest Michigan show below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel here. Heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs; and local sponsors 98.3 The Coast, Scott R. Gane Photography, Baja Gringo Taco Truck, TJ21 Media Group, Ecohousing USA, Ltd. DBA Pete Jorgensen Real Estate, The Mason Jar Cafe, The Sign Shop, Rodan & Fields Ind. Consultant, June Saavedra & Tara Florist (click on their logos in the sidebar to visit their websites). WVBH Power 105.3 supported us with ticket giveaways […]

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Our Listen to Your Mother Southwest Michigan Season Wrap-up post is always the hardest one for me to write. I put it off, and put it off, I think because it always feels so final. There’s a little relief that comes with our post season, of course. Those last few weeks before showtime are positively insane with worry and uncertainty and expectation and work. And then showtime comes and the payoffs are overwhelming and so deeply worthwhile. Like this one…. Handing a check from our LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Southwest Michigan 2016 show to a deserving charity partner like Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. is one of the great privileges of producing this incredible international show locally. From our ticket proceeds, Beth and I decided to surpass the minimum required and MATCH what ESS collected in the lobby the night of our show ($440, thanks to our generous audience!) for a grand total of $880 raised toward helping […]

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