Thank You Margaret Albaugh Photography!

WHEN WE SAY LTYM SPOKANE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMPANIES WHO STEP UP TO SPONSOR US, WE MEAN IT. LIKE, NO THEATER, NO PROGRAMS, NO NOTHING. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO US FINANCIALLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY TO HAVE SPONSORS WHO BELIEVE IN OUR SHOW, OUR CAST AND OUR AUDIENCE. UPCOMING BLOG POSTS WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR ONE OF THEIR SERVICES PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THEM AND KNOW THAT IN DOING SO YOU ARE SUPPORTING LTYM, TOO.

Margaret Albaugh does with her photography what LTYM does through our stories. Through her documentary style images she shows families in all of their glory, from smiling and clean to naked and dripping popsicle on the couch. She captures the beauty of the mundane, the love that is in all of the quiet moments, and her pictures reflect life as it is (albeit with perfect lighting and a beautiful artistic eye). 
Brianna Loveall, a LTYM alumna who has done a beautiful job documenting our LTYM shenanigans for the past few years, has a new baby who came just a smudge earlier than expected so we had our eyes and ears out for a photographer for this year’s show. After one of our cast members submitted some of her photos to be used in our slide show I contacted Margaret, knowing her gorgeous work was out of our budget but wondering if we could come to some sort of arrangement. Guess what Margaret wanted in return for her time and talent taking pictures at the show? Not money or publicity or anything else for herself. She asked if we would be willing to put out the call to our audience to collect clothes for Lutheran Family Services.
When a sexual assault survivor shows up at the emergency room, on top of being poked and prodded for evidence they have to leave their clothes to be examined and tested for evidence. Lutheran Family Services workers and volunteers often meets these survivors at the ER and accompany them during the evidence collection process providing advocacy, comfort and emotional support. They like to be able to offer survivors new clothes to leave the hospital in and are always looking for donations of sweat pants and sweat shirts for this purpose. 
That, my friends, is what Margaret wanted. And so we are putting out the call. We will have a donation bin at the show on Sunday where you can leave new sweatpants and sweatshirts of any size. We will make sure they get to LFS. If you forget to bring some, or you would like to make a donation instead, we will have a box to collect money and will use the money to purchase and donate clothes.


~Thank you Margaret, for your beautiful photos and your giving heart~

Thank You Air-O Fitness

WHEN WE SAY LTYM SPOKANE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMPANIES WHO STEP UP TO SPONSOR US, WE MEAN IT. LIKE, NO THEATER, NO PROGRAMS, NO NOTHING. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO US FINANCIALLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY TO HAVE SPONSORS WHO BELIEVE IN OUR SHOW, OUR CAST AND OUR AUDIENCE. UPCOMING BLOG POSTS WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR ONE OF THEIR SERVICES PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THEM AND KNOW THAT IN DOING SO YOU ARE SUPPORTING LTYM, TOO.


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Air-O Fitness, located on 29th Avenue on the South Hill, specializes in 45 minute group classes with a very supportive community. They call their culture “a fitness family” and they mean it. Not only have they supported Stacey for two years as she committed to working out after six children, this is also their second year as a sponsor for Listen To Your Mother. The Air-O team is behind their members 100% and it shows in their commitment to their wider community!

Air-O’s classes are crazy convenient. They run every hour on the hour from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The classes are fun, taught by knowledgeable coaches, and full of support where ever you are in your fitness journey.

This year, bring your program into Air-O and enjoy two free weeks of classes, one yoga class, and an InBody scan. Stacey attends the 2:00 p.m. class every day, so join her and try it out.

Thank you Dermatology Specialists of Spokane!

WHEN WE SAY LTYM SPOKANE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMPANIES WHO STEP UP TO SPONSOR US, WE MEAN IT. LIKE, NO THEATER, NO PROGRAMS, NO NOTHING. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO US FINANCIALLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY TO HAVE SPONSORS WHO BELIEVE IN OUR SHOW, OUR CAST AND OUR AUDIENCE. UPCOMING BLOGPOSTS WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR ONE OF THEIR SERVICES PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THEM AND KNOW THAT IN DOING SO YOU ARE SUPPORTING LTYM, TOO.

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After my mom died from cancer a few years ago I had a period of time where I was sure that I had cancer. Every lump and bump (and let’s face it, there are a LOT of those as I get older) created massive amounts of worry and I feared becoming the person doctors dread having in their offices because of my numerous and spurious complaints. Dr. Reed and the entire staff at Dermatology Specialists of Spokane didn’t bat an eye when I made appointments, more than once, to be checked, and when they did find a teeny tiny carcinoma on my nose Dr. Reed was as calm and reassuring as they come. Removal was quick and easy and I challenge anyone to find the scar on my nose from where Dr. Chestnut removed the spot.

Listen to Your Mother Spokane is proud to have DSS as a sponsor for a second year. Their new, bright and welcoming offices on the South Hill have you covered for everything from mole checks to dermatological, autoimmune and genetic diseases. While you’re there for your health you can also get pampered at the aesthetic center where they do everything from facials to injectables to laser treatments. DSS will take care of you with knowledge, competence, compassion and a splash of humor - the perfect combination.

Thank You MultiCare!

WHEN WE SAY LTYM SPOKANE WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL COMPANIES WHO STEP UP TO SPONSOR US, WE MEAN IT. LIKE, NO THEATER, NO PROGRAMS, NO NOTHING. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO US FINANCIALLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY TO HAVE SPONSORS WHO BELIEVE IN OUR SHOW, OUR CAST AND OUR AUDIENCE. UPCOMING BLOGPOSTS WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THESE BUSINESSES AND COMPANIES. IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR ONE OF THEIR SERVICES PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THEM AND KNOW THAT IN DOING SO YOU ARE SUPPORTING LTYM, TOO.

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Multicare Health has been a Listen to Your Mother Sponsor for years. They are the largest community-based, locally governed health system in the state of Washington and offer care that encompasses everything from annual checkups to specialized surgeries and hospitalization. Closest to our hearts at LTYM are their mother and baby offerings, not only because they are amazing and of interest to our audience but also because Zibby Merritt, who we have known since our kids were all at Manito Coop Preschool together, is a labor and delivery nurse there. Zibby and her team at Deaconess are some of the most competent, women-centered, compassionate caregivers we know.

Zibby and her team at Deaconess offer support and classes to moms and dads to me and continue that support once the baby goes home. Their recently revamped birth facilities offer a myriad of options for labor and delivery in a homelike setting with access to state of the art care and top notch caregivers.

We particularly love this video of Zibby talking about what she does and how she does it because it truly lets her compassion and competence shine through.

Thank you, Multicare and Zibby, for your continued support of LTYM!


Whole Body Medi Spa

When we say LTYM Spokane would not be possible without the support of the local companies who step up to sponsor us, we mean it. Like, no theater, no programs, no nothing. It means so much to us financially and fundamentally to have our sponsors believe in our show, our cast and our audience. Upcoming blogposts will highlight some of these businesses and companies. If you are in the market for one of their services please consider supporting them and know that in doing so you are supporting LTYM, too.

When you meet Whole Body’s founder Kendra Johnson it is immediately clear that you are in kind, competent hands. She delivers babies as a midwife, moms two tweenagers, founded and sees clients at Whole Body, and is an all around lovely woman. Not to mention, she has some of the most beautiful skin I have ever seen. Not beautiful because she does an amazing job with her makeup, beautiful as in no makeup, soft glow, smooth and even and lovely.

Kendra founded Whole Body Medi Spa because she is passionate about helping people look and feel their best, and the services she offers reflect that. From medical weight loss to waxing, IV therapy to laser hair removal, her beautiful South Hill office has it all.

Stacey and I got to spend a morning at Whole Body experiencing a few of the different treatments on offer and we can promise you they do not disappoint! Stacey had a Hydrating Facial with Kaulana McFee and when we got in the car afterwards her face looked like she had just come in from a long walk along a beach with the sea mist drenching her skin.

I was lucky enough to experience the Clear & Brilliant laser treatment and, um, YES PLEASE! The treatment evens skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles (of which I have a few) and makes your skin glow. Kendra did my treatment and was so careful and competent, it was a delight. I was worried that (1) it would hurt and (2) I would look like a tomato for a week, but neither of my fears were realized. Kendra used a numbing cream so that the laser felt like a sunburn - a little uncomfortable at times but nowhere close to unbearable. The picture above is from just before (with numbing cream) and just after and while I got a little more red throughout the day it never looked like anything more than a post-workout red face and was gone by the next day. According to Kendra, the best results come from 3-4 treatments and you can bet I will be back for my second round next month.

Whole Body Medi Spa is GIVING AWAY a Clear and Brilliant Laser treatment (valued at $350) to a LTYM fan - check out our facebook page for details - the winner will be announced at the show- yet another reason to get your tickets. To enter you can like their facebook page and follow them in Instagram.

Thank you Whole Body!

2019 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER SPOKANE CAST

Audition day was a magical day, just as it is every year. The courage of the thirty plus people who walked into that room and shared their deepest thoughts with us blew us away. The stories were breathtaking and heartbreaking and funny and deep and universal. We had to pick ten. We are forever grateful to have heard each and every one.

Here they are. Our 2019 Listen To Your Mother cast …

Kristie Stolgitis

Liz Rognes

Debbie Mitchell

Brandy Valdez

Judy Palpant

Amy McGarry

Heather LeRoss

Janet C. Mann

Amanda Oliver

Show day is Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss these stories!!



2019 LTYM Audition Announcement

Dear Friends of LTYM,

When Stacey and I sat down to update the audition poster for this year we had to take a minute and count backwards. This was what, the seventh show? Maybe the eighth? Wrong wrong and, much like parenting, time is slipping by and all the kids are growing up while we somehow remain, in our minds at least, the same as ever. We are thrilled to announce that auditions for the NINTH annual Listen To Your Mother Spokane will be (by appointment only) held on February 16th at the Downtown Library.

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It has been quite a year for both of our families with struggles, failures and triumphs.

Our households grew: some of us added children, others a Leopard Gecko and a hamster named Creampuff. You decide who the better citizen of humanity is.

Breakthroughs were made: we took our annual end of year tubing trip and Stacey uttered words I never thought I would hear: “I am actually not freezing right now.” If you know Stacey you know that unless she is in the direct sun and close to the Equator she is usually cold, so this was quite a declaration.

Middle School was entered: our three eldest trapsed into the next phase of their lives with complaints and zits and body odor, with insights, with passions their with the hopes (of their parents) that they all move out of the house in the next 5-8 years.

As the kids grow and daily life reorients to thoughts of careers and futures with less time making sure no one is eating legos, we have begun to think about the future of LTYM in Spokane and while no decisions have been made and this will NOT be out last year, well, let’s just say that if you have been putting off auditioning for “another year or two until I’m ready” STOP. Do it this year. For reals.

You have the date. You have the details. (And if you don’t just head over to the “auditions” section of our website”). You have a story. We can’t wait to hear it!

LTYM 2018 Cast Announcement!

Well, it finally happened.  For eight years, Stacey and I have promised each auditioner a decision within one week.  This year, for the first time, we couldn't get it done.  We heard so many stories this year that left us breathless, stunned or chortling that we needed more time to make final decisions. Everyone who auditioned was gracious and understanding in giving us a few extra days and we are deeply grateful.  We want to send a heartfelt thank you to every person who walked through the library doors to share their stories with us and we are thrilled to announce our LTYM 2018 cast:

Power to the Poetry will open our 2018 show followed by readings from:

Ashley Potter

Catherine Henze

Cindy Hval

Jennafer White

Joni Elizabeth

Julie Riddle

Krysann Sedberry

Meg Martens

Rachael Baldwin

Rachel Luttrull

Shelley Northern

Congratulations to the 2018 Listen To Your Mother Spokane cast!  Please check back here or follow us on Facebook to get updates on ticket sales and show day information.  We will see you at the Bing on Mother's Day!

 

Audition Announcement for LTYM Spokane 2018

It's that time of year - the snow is falling, the holidays are over and unless you really and truly love to snow camp (and come on, how many of you can there possibly be!?) you may be questioning your choice to call our Great Pacific Northwest "home".  Fear not!  We have a reason for you to get out of bed, even though it's cold and dark.

Auditions!

Auditions for the 8th annual Listen To Your Mother Spokane will be held on Saturday, March 3rd.   

  • Want to know more about auditioning?  Take a look at the audition info below and on the Creativity Spokane website. 
  • Still have questions or need encouragement?  Listentoyourmotherspokane@gmail.com.  We are here for encouragement and support and will do all we can to make sure you are excited, comfortable and READY to audition!
  • Ready to do it?  Don't put it off and let your nerves get the best of you - fill out the audition request form and throw your name in the hat!
  • Not your year to audition?  We get it. We would love to see you at the show and will appreciate you forever if you give a friend who you know has a story to tell (and we all have those) a nudge and the audition info.

 

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