We did it!
Nearly 300 people attended the Austin Listen to Your Mother Show in support of charity this past Saturday.
I’m still a bit stunned from the experience, and it’s not from the champagne. Something transformative happened in the theater that day and I am grateful to have been a part of it.
Thanks, Gigi, for this photo of the cast:
I was very nervous before getting up on stage. Unfortunately my public speaking/theater-geek experience didn’t help to calm me much because, to coin a cliché, “This time, it was personal!”. I made it through, though, and am happy to report that no one died.
In the words of one of the producers, Jennifer Sutton, everyone in the cast seemed to blossom onstage, each speaker lending the next a bit of their energy. The performers (and the audience) found a lot more laughter and tears in the speakers’ words than I think any of us knew were there before.
The experience was powerful for all of us in the cast; we bonded in a “trial by fire” way not only as mothers and writers but as performers. Many of us had either never been on stage or hadn’t been in a long time — having little ones can put a crimp in your style that way.
Immense credit and gratitude to producers Wendi Aarons and Jennifer Sutton for making this amazing event happen, and to the cast for giving their all. Another big THANK YOU and hugs to everyone who supported me along the way and came out to watch the show; I couldn’t have done it without you.
Video of the performance should be posted sometime this week! Subscribe and I’ll send you a message when it’s up.
You can read a lovely post about the show here from Gigi, one of the cast members.