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Gratitude: LTYM SWMichigan 2016 Season Wrap-Up

May 23, 2016

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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Meet the LTYM SWMichigan 2016 Cast: Second Edition

April 25, 2016

We’re excited for you to meet the rest of the LTYM SWMichigan 2016 cast, but first we’d like to acknowledge that last week was a terribly difficult week in southwest Michigan. In light of the recent news out of St. Joseph of local sponsor, 98.3 The Coast’s morning show personality Denise Bohn’s tragic death, it is even more poignant that a portion of our ticket proceeds will benefit Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. this season. Our hearts go out to her children, to the families, and to the countless friends, fans and coworkers impacted by this tragedy. Domestic violence is just one of the many reasons women and families find themselves homeless, and we hope to make a difference with our show as we celebrate and give voice to that which was so clearly most important in Denise’s life: her children and her role as a mother.   We had an incredible rehearsal a week ago Saturday. We did some […]

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Meet the LTYM SWMichigan 2016 Cast: First Edition

April 10, 2016

In no particular order, I’d like to introduce you to the first batch of our amazing LTYM: SWMichigan 2016 cast. These beautiful people are going to knock your socks off. I’m joining them to read this year, so I’m going to try and live up to the bar they’ve set, which is indeed high. My co-director, Beth Haire-Lewis, is emceeing for us once again! Returning for our second local season, with a very funny story about the importance of safety while mothering teenaged football players, is: CHRISTINE SHERENE is the Parent Coordinator for the Readiness Center Preschool. She is the wife of Mr. Charles E. Sherene Sr., Chief of Police of the village of Eau Claire, Michigan. Christine is the mother of three boys and a girl. She is a licensed missionary at Greater Community Christian Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. and the host of the gospel music radio broadcast “Morning Manna” on Power 105.3 FM. Christine enjoys […]

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Announcing the 2016 CAST of Listen to Your Mother: Southwest Michigan!

March 17, 2016

You’ll learn more about this amazing cast in the coming weeks, but for now, please join Beth and me in celebrating our second season and the 2016 CAST of Listen to Your Mother: Southwest Michigan!!! Drum roll……   Debra Basham Sarah Fuste’ Kim Jorgensen Gane* Elnora Gavin Stacy Gleiss Erin Hamilton Tracy-Ann Jennings** Pam Marsh Loren Michaels-Harris Cecilia (Ceci) Redmond Christine Sherene Katie Sluiter Kathryn Schultz Zerler It wasn’t easy, but the most worthwhile things seldom are. In the end: THIS CAST DELIVERS everything you dream of in a stage production! Drama? We got that. HUMOR? Oh boy, we got that, too! Heart-tugging, moving, make-ya-think from the edge of your seat stories? We’ll present thirteen of those for your delight, amazement, and amusement! We have authors, professionals, regular folks, moms and non-moms–twelve women and one man–all local readers from Grand Rapids to South Bend, but mostly, from right here in Benton Harbor and St. Joe. We can’t […]

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Wanted: HUMOR! Last Chance, SWMichigan! Read us Your Funny Motherhood Stories!

March 4, 2016

You know that, make us laugh, part of our call for auditions / tryouts? Well, after three audition opportunities, we’re a little short on motherhood laugh-out-loud HILARITY! I mean, c’mon. Our moms are FUNNY! My mother once baked a giant bran muffin because a new recipe she was trying out had the part about putting the batter into muffin tins listed out of order. She actually poured the batter from her harvest gold Tupperware mixing bowl into a stainless steel bowl for baking because she thought maybe for some reason the batter needed to pre-bake. It was soupy in the middle, but the edges were delicious. And that giant bran muffin worked its magic! 😉 Maybe Kathryn Leehane was feeding her 4 year-old son pieces of giant bran muffin…or maybe they would have helped. Trust me when I tell you to watch her video, “Motherhood is Disgusting,” below (click the image to watch, then come […]

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