Professional Voice Talent, Amateur Actor and Knitter

Bombshell? Me?? OK.

I’m in the middle of rehearsals for The Man Who Came to Dinner at the WCT. I got cast as Lorraine Sheldon, bombshell. The thought still makes me giggle, because I so don’t think of myself as the bombshell type. I wasn’t actually up for the part originally. The director only had one person read for it the night that I auditioned; but when she got up there and started to read (in the same normal voice she had used for all her other readings), I happened to glance at the director and saw her shuffling her papers, shaking her head and muttering to herself in reaction. Well, based on the description she’d given us of the character and the fact that her first word in that scene was “Darling” I had a decent idea of what she was looking for, in the voice, at least. So at the end of the night, when she asked if anyone had wanted to read for a part and hadn’t gotten to, I raised my hand and asked to read for Lorraine. The producer told me later that the director cast me in the part as soon as I started reading. It’s been a fun show, quite apart from playing a vamp, because Tredessa’s in it too (as the female romantic lead), and it’s always fun to play with her! Plus in this show we play rivals, so even more fun.

I’m working on two projects at LibriVox right now; I’m still working on Pride and Prejudice (on the sly, so to speak). I’m more than two thirds of the way through it. And for my “public” project I finally decided on a compilation of short stories by Pedro Antonio de Alarc√≥n. I have one left to go, and it’s the longest in the bunch, so I’ve broken it into three sections, to keep the file sizes manageable. I’m thinking of going back for more Scarlet Pimpernel after this; specifically, the Elusive Pimpernel, which is the book that comes between the two I’ve already done. My output has dropped lately, though, as I’m spending my evenings at the theatre and can only record on the weekends.

I went out to CHS with MB last Saturday to see Mandy’s production of Seussical. It was fun to compare similarities and differences in the costumes, because Mandy costumed the production we did at the WCT a few years ago. It was lots of fun, anyway. And Mandy played Mayzie; I’d always wondered how she would have played the part if she’d auditioned for our production (because I’m pretty darned sure she’d have gotten that part), and it was fun getting to see.




Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…


  1. Madeleine

    Just wanted to drop a note, I’m listening to your recording of Pride and Prejudice right now, and I am very much enjoying it. You have just the kind of voice I always imagined would be narrating it.

    Thank you!

  2. Lucy Shockney

    Karen, am presently listening to the Scarlet Pimpernel. LOVE IT!!!!!! Bravo! I am thrilled to find out you have done Pride and Prejudice! One of my other favorites! Good job.

    Happy Holidays!


    A fan in France

  3. Nina

    I also wanted to thank you for Pride and Prejudice at librivox and wish you Merry Christmas!

    A fan in Russia

  4. I have been loving listening to your excellent readings of Pride and Prejudice and the Scarlet Pimpernel books (great that you managed to finish reading The Elusive Pimpernel just as I was finishing listening to it).

    Your readings are exquisite – I love the scope of characterisation, the expert pace and clarity, the authoritative phrasing. Just wonderful that you have made all this available – thank you so much.

  5. I absolutely adore your reading of Pride and Prejudice. Thank you so much for your labors; because t’s a treasure. Your diction, your characterizations…I love it all.

  6. Hello Karen,
    Many thanks from my wife, Jacque, and me for your excellent librivox reading. Your reading of Pride and Prejudice continues to guve us hours of enjoyment. I downloaded the whole thing to a little mp3 player for Jacque and she listens to your reading every night. This is better than warm milk with honey for helping her return to sleep, if she is wakeful. Of course, we also enjoy hearing you when we are fully conscious. We look forward to checking out Scarlet Pimpernel and some of your other English language projects.
    Kind regards,
    David “Alabama” Frank

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