The Journey

It makes total sense (to me) that the day after writing a post about how consumed I am with Chicago’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show, I would write another post about Chicago’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show. I have two very good reasons.

The first reason is because I was a total idiot yesterday and forgot to mention that tickets are still on sale. Had we used the same venue as last year we would have sold out weeks ago, but we decided that we’d “Go big or go home” this year and moved to a venue three times the size (the gorgeous Athenaeum Theatre!), therefore…tickets are still available! You can get all of the pertinent information about that by clicking here.

The other reason for the second consecutive LTYM Chicago-related post is that, last night after I published yesterday’s post, we were able to check out pictures that our photographer took on Sunday, at our second rehearsal. Hiring our friend Sabrina Persico to document both rehearsals AND show day was one of the best decisions Tracey and I made this year. Instead of just having the all-important freeze frames of the Big Day, we’ve got captures of the little moments that made our season–and newfound friendships–so much fun.

For Tracey and me–and, we hope, our casts–LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER isn’t only about the destination. The journey is just as important to us. That’s why pictures like these (all credited to Sabrina Persico!) mean so much to me:

Tracey and me, hard at work. (Well, one of us is…)

Tracey and Melisa hard at work

Shannon Duffy has the best laugh ever.

Shannon: best laugh!

Liz was trying to figure out where her hair should go when she reads her essay.

Liz at rehearsal 2

Here’s Elizabeth, practicing squatting in-frame, since the show will be recorded for the LTYMshow YouTube channel. (Squatting? YES. Come and see the show because that’s all I’m saying.)

Elizabeth Rago at rehearsal 2

I was trying to assist Sabrina as she took headshots in the Windy City by holding Samantha’s hair down, but it wasn’t really effective. This is one of my very favorite pictures perhaps EVER.

Melisa and Samantha

It’s the little moments like these that make me fall down to the ground with thanks once again that I get to do this. For all of the fantastic little moments and the great big ones, thanks to the Chicago casts of 2012 and 2013, thanks to my partner-in-crime Tracey, and thanks to Ann Imig, who made this crazy fun possible in the first place!

(Now go get your tickets, Chicago!)