I met Alexandra on Tuesday night for a celebratory post production meeting for Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee. We celebrated with hot chocolate (for me) and coffee (for her). We basked in the memories of our show. We closed down our local Starbucks because we kept pausing during the meeting to gush about the show. It was phenomenal! I felt like a proud mama beaming from the stage as each of our cast members read their pieces and bowled over the audience.
The cast graciously let me entertain them with my interpretive dancing backstage, in the dressing room, at tech rehearsal, basically everywhere. As the self-proclaimed theatre geek of the team, I thrive on the backstage nervous energy. I stretched. I did some soft shoe tap dancing, and then I danced barefoot backstage. To our amazing cast, I cannot gush about all of you enough. You all were fantastic. The show was a tapestry with each story connecting to the other. I could barely contain my laughter or my tears throughout the show. I connected to every story, and I hope that you all felt that “me too” connection. That moment is the beauty of LTYM.
Mandy asked me if the energy was all me. Confession time: I had two cups of coffee before I left for home. I stopped to get gas, and I bought a large bottle of Starbucks Mocha Frappucino. So it was both the caffeine and the pre show energy.
To my lovely 2013 alumni cast, I apologize that I was not as wild as I was this year. You missed out on my antics. I promise to reenact my sweet dance moves at some point when we have a reunion get together with both casts. The support that we received from our alumni and the other LTYM teams inspired the cast. My social media feeds were blowing up from all the good luck messages that we received from the other director and producer teams. As I read through my tweets, our cast realized again the power of not only our local community but our virtual community. Ann Imig has truly given motherhood a microphone, and my life has been irrevocably changed by her leadership.
The lovely Melisa Wells and Tracey Becker from the LTYM Chicago team attended the Milwaukee show, and Melisa brought me cheese curds! We received so much support, and I got to hug the lovely Jennifer Evers, Kari Hoban, and Shannon Duffy right as I walked into the theatre. The amazing Ann Imig was also in attendance. This community of sisterhood is so strong and so powerful. I was grateful for all the support of my local family and friends. My wonderful husband my amazing parents volunteered to help for a second year with the ticket sales. I am forever grateful for their love and support.
To Alexandra, what can I say? This experience has bonded us like family. I learn so much from you about storytelling, writing, parenting, and creativity. You are more than a mentor and a friend. You are like the wise older sister that I never had. Thank you. Mil gracias. This experience continues to shape me and mold me into the woman I am today. For that, I am forever grateful.