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“Listen to Your Mother” Brings the Region Together to Honor and Celebrate Mothers

The Annual “Listen To Your Mother” show, presented at the Art Theater in Hobart, was a beautiful way to honor mothers. Saturday evening, Queen B Productions presented different cast members with each of their own unique stories. The Director and Producer of the show was Carrie Bedwell, a teacher of over 20 years and who dedicated the show to her mother who is battling lung cancer. The Master of the Ceremony, Chris Mahlmann hosted the event. Mahlmann has countless of awards and is the owner of Ideas in Motion Media. The whole night instilled many different emotions within the speakers and the audience. Whether it was laughter or tears, the message remained the same: mothers know what is best.

The seats were packed for this sold out show. Not only was it imperative for the speakers to be heard by their community, but also to raise awareness. Carrie Bedwell shared how this event brought the community closer together by supporting a wonderful cause.

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“We’re all coming together, including the cast to raise funds for the American Cancer Society,” Bedwell said.

Behind the scenes, many of the cast members even opened up and shared why this was an excellent opportunity for them to meet the different community members. For Tina Porter, author of “A Bushel and a Peck,” she explained how the event opened up her eyes to her community.

“I have met women through this project that I would never have met before,” Porter said. “It gets me talking outside my bubble. I think it is really valuable to me to connect to different people.”

Porter’s story is about learning to say “I love you,” but her experiences from working with her community also represented another meaningful way to connect hundreds of women through heart felt stories. Each story was unique as Lisa Winstead described, speaker of “Rules of Engagement.”

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“The speeches are so diverse. We have speeches from mothers that have adopted a child. Mothers that have made confessions,” Winstead said. “We even have comedians talking about how their mothers shaped them to be who they are. I think it is all about celebrating motherhood.”

Winstead performed her piece along with Rose Murphy-Gordon who both spoke about how it is okay to make mistakes and that no one is perfect. Another writer, Don Baron, who wrote “Married to a MILF,” explained how different each piece is from the next.

“There will be a range of emotions that people will be going through the whole night,” Baron said. “Get the Kleenex out! People will be both laughing and crying because it is a very emotional night, but an uplifting one as well.”

According to Bedwell, these stories are meaningful to her in many ways.

“All of the stories to me represent the different nuances of motherhood,” Bedwell said, “the triumphs and tribulations.”

The whole cast was very thankful to the sponsors and the people that assisted with the production. The night filled everyone’s heart with love and appreciation to the women that gave them life.


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