Professional Voice Talent, Amateur Actor and Knitter

Much of a sameness…

So, not much new going on. I had fun at that workshop in Austin. Our meeting room was a computer lab, so there was plenty of hands-on time. We were at UT, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum was right across the street, so I went there one night. Other than that, I didn’t get out much. I asked Darryl when I got back what we actually use XSLT for here, and he could only think of one example off the top of his head, and that project’s done (though it may need tweaking at some point). So, though I was glad to learn the stuff, I don’t know when I’ll get to use it.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is just over a week away from opening (a week from tomorrow’s our preview performance) and it’s coming along nicely. Yesterday was the first night the actors weren’t allowed to call for lines (except for Big Mama, who only started about a week ago, due to an injury to the original Big Mama) and they did pretty well… except they were concentrating so hard on lines that they tended to lose energy. Tennessee Williams is a depressing enough playwright when the energy is up, so last night’s run-through just dragged in places.

I got a bunch of recording done this weekend. I had the time on Sunday, and I was in the right mood, so I just went for it. I got all my collaborative chapters done (a couple of the Arabian Nights [in French] and a few chapters from Kilmeny of the Orchard [which the BC asked me if I’d be willing to do]), and a monologue for the latest Shakespeare Collection, plus several chapters from my solos. I may get some more done tomorrow morning. I’m taking half a day off from work to get new tires for my car, so I may have some time before they open to get some chapters done. That’s one thing about doing shows, my evenings are pretty much gone. I have time between work and rehearsal to get a bite to eat or take a little nap (not both), but that’s about it. So I usually only get to record on the weekends.


Starting off the year


Acronym fun


  1. Natalia

    Karen, I am listening to “your” “P&P” now. Thank you very much.

  2. Johnny

    Karen, Thanks so much for all you do at LibriVox… you are a wonderful reader. I too have enjoyed your Pride and Prejudice. With my ‘busy’ life, I’m afraid I would never have ‘read’ this great book otherwise.

  3. Roxanne

    Karen, You have done such a wonderful job on librivox! My children and I are very grateful to you for your beautifully read recordings. I just finished Pride and Prejudice (which I didn’t want to end) and my kids are listening to The Railway Children and I think they would listen to it all in one sitting if I let them! But they are excited to know that we have more lined up also read by you. There is only so much I can read to them…so this really helps during their ‘quiet time’. Thanks again!

  4. lene

    I just found a page where I can download your audiobooks. Now I’m listening to your “pride and prejudice”. I am really impressed by your reading and how you manage to engage the listener! 🙂

    great work! looking forward listening to more of your work! 🙂

  5. Melody

    I come from Hong Kong and I am very fond of the audio books you’ve read, especially The Railway Children and The Little Princess. You are a wonderful reader and I think your accent is beautiful. I’m so glad that you chose to read these classic literature and children stories which were not popular nowadays, but were so much worth reading!
    Would you consider reading Little Women? I’ll be very happy to hear you reading it!

  6. Paul

    I very much like your reading of Elusive Pimpernel, especially the French pronunciation. Very musical.

    I draw to your attention, however, the word paillasse. Note that it is NOT spelled palliasse, so it is pronounced “pie ASS”, not “Pal ee ass”.

  7. Thanks for that note. Didn’t realize till just now that I’d been transposing the ‘i’ in my mind. I had it so ingrained that I had to re-read your note several times before I realized what you were telling me. 🙂

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