For us, Listen to Your Mother audition season is, quite literally, the most wonderful time of the year.
Listen to Your Mother is the celebration of motherhood that we all wish we’d thought of, and that luckily national director Ann Imig did think of! Now affectionately known as LTYM, Listen to Your Mother is a series of live, on-stage readings across North America on or around Mother’s Day.
Most LTYM readers aren’t professional writers and many of them aren’t mothers. LTYM readers are people with stories about motherhood to tell. And this includes absolutely everyone—especially you.
The mission of each LTYM show is to give voice to motherhood–the good, the bad, the sad, the ugly, the hilarious, the golden, and of course, the beautiful–in the form of original, true readings performed live on-stage by their authors.
We are beyond thrilled to host the seventh LTYM show in the Twin Cities. Our show will stay at its beautiful home, the historic Riverview Theatre in Minneapolis, and our show dates are Wednesday, May 8th AND Thursday, May 9th at 7:PM.
**This will be the same cast, performing on two nights.
Auditions will be in February (dates below) and audition signups are open now, so it’s time to get writing!
Some things to note:
Your story should be 3-5 minutes long — time yourself and add or delete as needed, then time yourself again. We’ll time you at auditions as well.
The theme is motherhood, what you do with this is up to you. But your story has to center around motherhood — the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the sad, the scary, and, of course, the golden.
Tell the story only you can tell. Be detailed. We want you.
In that same vein … laser focus in on ONE story, one moment even, rather than a sweeping generalization. Your story can weave narrative, background, and “ever afters,” of course, but the bulk of your story should center around one story.
To get ready for your audition, watch past stories on the LTYM YouTube channel. There are over 1,000 stories in the Listen to Your Mother YouTube archive. We’re partial to our Twin Cities alumni, but there are a ridiculous number of stories to watch to get a feel for LTYM stories and to get you in the mood to audition. You can search by theme if you’d like to hear stories that center around the same topic as yours. We can’t recommend doing this enough — this is like an athlete watching tape!
All stories might be edited.
Consider yourself booked starting in the late afternoon of both show days. We’ll have a tech rehearsal before the Wednesday show, at 4:PM.
There are two mandatory group rehearsals prior to the show -- one in March and one in April. These are mandatory because we need to hear your story with the others to know how they’ll all best fit together to tell a collective story of motherhood.
The mandatory rehearsal dates are:
Rehearsal 1: Saturday 3/16/19 1p-5p
Rehearsal 2: Sunday 4/14/19 TBD
Before auditions, practice reading your story out loud. We want to get a taste for what our audience will hear and feel.
Our 2019 audition dates are:
Saturday, 2/16/19: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Southdale Library (3rd floor conference room)
Tuesday, 2/19/19: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Southdale Library (3rd floor conference room)
Wednesday, 2/20/19: 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Edina Library (conference room)
Sunday, 2/24/19: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM at Edina Library (conference room)
Sign up for (only) one slot that works for you at this link. If you need to change your appointment, please do so in a timely manner so someone else can have that slot.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your time slot to complete an audition sheet and bring two extra copies of your piece to your audition so each director can have one.
Remember that your piece must be no longer than 5 minutes when read aloud.
We can't wait to hear YOUR story!
We're so very grateful to The Willy Team of Edina Realty, Ann Marie Photography, The Red Balloon Bookshop, Kick Start Martial Arts, and Twin Spirits Distillery for sponsoring LTYM Twin Cities this year and we're so very honored to once again donate 10% of our ticket proceeds to The Jeremiah Program.