Oh, What a Night!

by Elise on May 27, 2016

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The only downside to being the last in a 41-city line up of Listen To Your Mother Shows is that by the time you are ready to write your wrap-up post everything has already been said.  Essays have been gushed over, speakers and sponsors and causes have been thanked, and rave reviews have poured in from all over the country.  As I sit at the keyboard trying to come up with an original way to write about the amazing night that was the 6th LTYM Spokane show it strikes me that the beauty of this project lies in the realization that although everything has already been said it held, it holds, equally true for our show in Spokane.

And what a show it was:

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As the cast primped and prepped in the Green Room the lobby filled with adoring fans: some coming for their first LTYM show and some for their sixth. Our UHmazing volunteers were hard at work sweating it out in the tiny box office, greeting people, handing out programs and making sure everyone had everything they needed.

The theater filled, the slide show played, and we gathered the cast and headed up to the stage.  As we waited for the lights to dim cast members squeezed each other’s hands, smiled and whispered words of encouragement, and before we know it our stage manger extraordinaire and tireless LTYM supporter Erin Houy was pulling the curtain aside and ushering us on stage.

Cue the magic.

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Post-show hugs and congratulations

Each of our cast members was astounding. The stories poured out of them with love and angst and anguish and tenderness and humor and the audience responded to them with laughter, gasps, and tears of their own.  People shared stories that they had spoken aloud to few if any others before show night.  It was a truly special feeling in the theater that night – one that will stay with us for years to come.

Thank you for everyone who helped make it happen, and a huge and specific thank you to:

to the amazing 2016 LTYM Spokane cast,

to Amy Schmidt, Mery Smith, Becky Ammerman, Lindsey Dewey, Kerry Racht, Jessica Vaughn, Sarah Werkman, Amy Dawley, Weena Joshi and Jenniferand Brittany Morgan for taking care of everything in the front of the house

to Erin Houy for stage managing,

to Brianna Loveall for being on her feet and taking amazing pictures all night even though she is about to have a baby any second,

and to our sponsors, Rockwood Health Systems, Hatch, Little Nutmeg Productions, Spokane Community Colleges, and Spark.

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Spokane Sponsor Rockwood Health System

by Elise on April 28, 2016

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LTYM Spokane is so grateful to have Rockwood Health System as a local sponsor for a second year.  Rockwood Health System is a partnership of Deaconess Hospital, Rockwood Clinic, and Valley Hospital, working together to serve and care for patients across the Inland Northwest.  With over 4000 employees and physicians, two hospitals, and 12 primary clinical locations providing concentrated medical and urgent care services, Rockwood Health Systems is uniquely able to offer exceptional health care and medical services to their patients.

IMG_3904We are thrilled to be working closely with Nurse Zibby, one of Deaconess Hospital’s labor and delivery nurses, a LTYM Spokane alumni, and an educator on all things childbirth and babies.  Zibby teaches many of the childbirth and newborn support classes offered at Deaconess, often at no cost to the community, including free breastfeeding classes, Daddy 101, childbirth classes, and classes on newborn care.

You can find more about classes with Nurse Zibby at Deaconess on their events webpage.  Find Rockwood Health System on their webpage and on facebook. Join us at the show to meet Zibby and the midwives of Rockwood Health for Mother’s Day.

Thank you so much to Rockwood Health System, Zibby Merritt, Rockwood Clinics, and Deaconess and Valley Hospitals, we couldn’t have babies, raise babies, and keep our kids healthy without you!

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LTYM Spokane tickets on sale!

April 8, 2016

Ticket sales are live for the 6th annual Listen To Your Mother Spokane!  We will be at the Bing this Mother’s Day, May 8th at 7pm with a reception to follow upstairs at Ovations bar and lounge.   Buy ’em here or at the box office starting at 6pm on show day, and let everyone in Facebook land know you’re going!   Can’t wait to see you there, Stacey, Elise, and the 2016 LTYM cast. by

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Local Sponsor Spokane Community College

April 4, 2016

LTYM Spokane would not be possible without our community partners and we are so thrilled to have the Spokane Community College as a local sponsor again this year. SCC offers a wide range of affordable, fun classes to the community at very low cost, including cooking, sports and fitness, music, and language classes.  See the current schedule for spring offerings and registration.  SCC also offers classes specifically for seniors in their Act 2 program. Dearest to our hearts is their Parent Education and Parent Cooperative Preschool Program. All seven children of Spokane producers Elise and Stacey spent their early learning years in an SCC cooperative preschool. These play-based, educator-facilitated programs are run by a parent board, making them an amazing experience in community and cooperative learning for parents and kids. We can’t recommend the program highly enough. Look up your local co-op preschool and join the fun next fall! Enrollment is going on right now.   Thank […]

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Spokane’s 2016 LTYM Cast

February 21, 2016

We could not be more honored and thrilled to announce the 2016 Spokane Listen To Your Mother cast.  Show day is May 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater.  We say it every year and we mean it every year – do NOT miss this show.  The stories of our community are priceless. Stacie Summerhill Mayra Villalobos Sharma Shields Annmarie Patel Betsey Moe Susanna Stutzman Ronald Smalls Johanna Price Meredith Banka Lindsey Edwards Congratulations to these fabulous story tellers! by

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