Mar 12, 2013

Bring It! Listen To Your Mother Chicago

This weekend was our first rehearsal for Listen To Your Mother Chicago.  As I got ready to go I was equal parts nervous and excited.  I was nervous about my reading, praying that the readings I had done on my own would help me slow down even through the nerves.  But also so excited to meet the other ladies of the cast who I'd been chatting with regularly on FB for a weeks and to hear their pieces as we'd be sworn to secrecy about our pieces so we could all experience them, just as the audiance will on May 5th.

As I sat in my 'assigned' spot in show order, I was smack dab in the middle and while thankful to not being first, was worried about being able to concentrate on the other pieces without obsessing about my own reading.  But each piece pulled me in quickly and had me laughing or crying (or laughing UNTIL I cried).  The only real worry I had was if I would be able to catch my breath after the emotional readings in order to do my own.

I did.  And while I still need some practice, and maybe some advice on what to do with my hands/arms while I'm reading, I read mostly spot on to what I practiced.  I feel so much more confident even just from the audition reading.  I am now convinced that not only can I take that stage and bare my soul for 900+ people, but I can do it WELL.  If that sounds cocky, I'm sorry but I'm tired of feeling the need to downplay my abilities to myself and to others.  The cast is filled with amazing pieces and fabulous writers, it would be beyond easy to feel unworthy of sharing the stage with more experienced performers and published authors but I am owning this experience!  And the fact that these ladies are all amazing people, I now have the pleasure of calling friends, makes it so much easier.  After our rehearsal we had the chance to spend some time together getting to know each other and regardless of age, lifestyle etc we bonded over this experience we are all sharing.  I am so excited to move forward with these ladies for another rehearsal and a show that I know will be here before we know it.  We are truly giving Motherhood a Microphone from every aspect of motherhood.  

If you haven't bought your tickets yet, grab the special women in your life and come out and be reminded that motherhood isn't all sunshine and roses, but we wouldn't want it any other way.


Thank you to the lovely ladies of the 2013 Cast of Listen To Your Mother Chicago for your amazing support of my piece.  You all touched me and are a huge part of what started as a terrifying journey for that has transformed into something more amazing that I had ever expected!
Shannon Duffy            Robin Frisch         Jocelyn Geboy   Tracy Jensen       RoiAnn Phillips   
   Sheila Quirke     Elizabeth Rago       Liz Joynt Sandberg     Samantha Schultz      Erin Skibinski      Marianne Walsh     Nadine Warner     Shannan Younger      Sarah Zematis     Tracey Becker       Melisa Wells 
 
 
Thank you also to the local businesses who have stepped up to support the Chicago show.  Without you, my experience would not be possible!
KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort        Artizone Chicago      Chalet Nursery & Garden Center      Building Blocks Toy Stores      Rosen Motors      Neighborhood Parents' Network      Bella Luna Cafe      Dom Itp


8 comments:

  1. Your reading was just amazing. I am so happy you are in the cast this year! And it's NOT just because I can't hear a damn thing and you kept telling me what everyone was saying. I'll be sitting next to you at the next informal get-together by the way. Sorry.

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    1. Totally looking forward to it!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. It doesn't sound cocky at all: it's confidence, and I'm thrilled for you. Yay!

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    1. THANKS. Confidence...hmm still not totally used to it but I think I could learn to like it! :)

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  3. I'm so glad to have met you! I'm seriously counting the days until we are all together again.

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    1. I know. Sort of wish we had more rehearsals.

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  4. You are absolutely awesome and SHOULD be proud of your accomplishments! Love having you in the show.

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    1. Thank you!!! So honored to be a part of it!!

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