Oh no! The writers in “Me, Myself and I” have fallen to fifth place inChicagoVoices, Lyric Opera of Chicago,

April 24, 2016 • Posted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Uncategorized by

The “Me, Myself and I” memoir-writing class I lead for the City of Chicago’s Department on Aging is in fifth place in a contest put on by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and they need to be in third place by the end of the day Sunday, May 1. The top three community groups who get the most votes will have their stories made into an “original music theater work” with the support of Lyric Opera staff and artists.

Help them sneak into third place. Vote now – you can vote once a day every day24 hours until midnight May 1, 2016.

For those of you wondering what the heck I’m talking about here, I’ll reblog a post from a few weeks ago. Thanks for your help, and I’m sticking to my promise — when they win, I’ll invite you to the opening in the fall.

Dissatisfied with candidates this year? Vote for Wanda instead

That's Audrey Mitchell from class. Click to vote!

That’s Audrey Mitchell from class. Click to vote!

The writers in the Me, Myself and I class I lead in downtown Chicago entered a contest. If they win, the Lyric Opera of Chicago will help them produce an opera about the class!

Only problem? Writers in that class aren’t exactly computer savvy, and to win, they need fans to vote online. That’s where you Safe & Sound blog followers can help.

Wanda at her 90th.

Wanda at her 90th birthday party with the writers.

First, some background. Earlier this year, Lyric Opera of Chicago launched a project called Chicago Voices. Lyric Unlimited asked community groups to submit applications for an opportunity to have their stories told opera-style. I brought the information to our Me, Myself, and I class in January, and writers put their heads together to answer the questions on the form. From a Lyric Opera press release:

After receiving numerous applications showcasing diverse, compelling and community-focused stories, a panel from the Chicago Public Library diligently reviewed and scored each group based on a predetermined set of criteria. Eight dynamic groups have been selected to move forward as semifinalists, each of which will have video profiles featured online for public voting beginning today.

Me, Myself, and I is one of the eight semi-finalists chosen, and now you can vote online for a 90-second video of writers Wanda Bridgeforth and Audrey Mitchell describing our class.

Three groups will move on to the next round and receive 16 weeks of classes from professionals at the Lyric to create original songs and scripts. Artistic support from Lyric Unlimited will help the finalist present its “fully-realized production” to the public in the fall.

Can’t you just imagine? Ninety-five-year-old Wanda as diva…

In order for this to happen, though, you’ve gotta vote for the Me, Myself and I 90-second video. After you vote, please share the link with your friends and family. Members of the public can vote once every day24 hours for the story they find most intriguing, and we need you to do just that to stand a chance against the young computer-savvy whipper-snappers we’re competing against. Please vote! Your reward? When they win, I’ll invite you to the opening in the fall.

claudiaolsen On April 24, 2016 at 7:57 am

I voted for you!

bethfinke On April 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thank you — if possible, please do that every day until Sundayevery vote counts, every day!….


Darlene S On April 24, 2016 at 8:04 am

Great blog! I agree with you when we win… I’m sharing your blog Beth.

bethfinke On April 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

Yes — share away!


Lee Parrish On April 24, 2016 at 11:25 am

I vote all the time. I have asked many people to vote for Me,Myself and I. but guess we cannot force them. Wish you the best.

mary finnegan On April 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Hi Beth, just so you know, the site won’t let you vote unless it’s actually a real 24-hour time span from your last vote. In other words, you can’t vote at 10 PM on Sunday night and again at 10 AM Monday morning. At first I thought they meant you could vote at least once a day, no matter the time. That’s not the case. I have participated in online voting contests before, for example, the one for White Sox bat girl on Mothers’ Day which recently ended. There was no such condition in those contests. Do you think it would help the cause if everyone knew this limit?

Thanks, and I’m still voting every 24 hours.




bethfinke On April 25, 2016 at 8:03 am

Yes, you know, it might help if I spelled that out in this post. It took me a while to figure that out myself.


Lee Parrish On April 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

Voting today. Text many of my friends last night ,hope they will vote.

bethfinke On April 27, 2016 at 2:09 pm

I’d started giving up hope. Your reply here makes me think maybe, just maybe, we still have a chance. Thank you.


Lee Parrish On April 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

I asked a bunch of friends to vote. I know a couple did. Thanks much. I know we will see who did vote, after a while. Hope it works.

bethfinke On April 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Me, too.


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