You aren’t supposed to start at the end, but it’s hard not to start there when the end looks like this.
A standing ovation for Spokane’s incredible 2014 Listen To Your Mother cast. I wanted to kiss every single person in the audience in that moment and grab their cheeks and give them big sloppy, crying hugs, because it felt like Elise and I had said: “Look at them, aren’t they beautiful? Aren’t their stories unique and universal and important? Don’t you feel changed? Will you be able to look at any one tomorrow and not wonder about their story? Their struggles? Their triumphs?”
And they stood up and replied – yes, they are … and no, we won’t.
Producing LTYM is a privilege start to finish, from audition day, through all the headaches and details and planning, to show day, but the real privilege is watching that arc of electric connection form between the cast and the audience on show day. It’s seeing them finally get it, what it feels like to be heard in this new way. We try to tell them what it will be like and they don’t understand until they are standing there under the lights and it happens.
We’ve yet to see anyone not shine their brightest ever and read their best ever and have their best timing ever. It’s pure magic.
Thank you to our amazing cast for letting us witness their moment yet again. Thank you to our local sponsors, Bella Cova, Overbluff Cellars, Farm Girl Fit, Little Nutmeg Productions, and Community College of Spokane’s Parent Education Program – LTYM Spokane could not exist without you. Thank you to Ben Fowler, our videographer, Amalia Fisch, our photographer, Phaedra Jarrett, our stage manager, and Tony, Davis, and Michael at the Bing Crosby Theater. Thank you to national sponsor Chevrolet and national media sponsor BlogHer.
Thank you to our volunteers (Amy, Kristina, Amy, Deena, Becky, Lisa, Jeni, Jennifer, Brittany) – you rock and we couldn’t handle the pre-show stress without you!
Thank you to every single person who came to the show and listened to our stories.