Recording & Rehearsing!

Hello from Lake Oswego! It’s been a departure from the norm for me recently outside of regular voice lessons and preparing for new vocal training classes in the new year.

I’m pleased to have been asked to be a guest on CallumConnects Micro-Podcast, your daily dose of wholesome entrepreneurial inspiration.

Callum says, “Hear from many different entrepreneurs in just 5 minutes what hurdles they have faced, how they overcame them, and what their key learning is. Be inspired, subscribe, leave a comment, go and change the world!”

You can take a 4 minute, 16 second listen to my contribution here! https://callumconnects.libsyn.com/laura-handke-entrepreneur

Rehearsals for Mask & Mirror’s radio production of A Christmas Carol have been a blast – great director and cast – and I merrily invite you to listen in (on a donation basis) beginning December 18th – details here! https://www.maskandmirror.com/

If you know of an organization or school who needs the Four Vocal Superpowers Most Pros Don’t Know in 2021, email me at info@laurahandke.com. The entire workshop can be done via Zoom. Until then, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season as much as possible in these days of COVID-19. Do something special for yourself. Put up decorations that make you happy. Put on music and sing while you’re cooking or baking. Do the same while stretching your body or doing yoga. Weather permitting, get outside and walk in nature. Season’s Greetings.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Production by Mask & Mirror Community Theatre

Friends, students, and readers,

I’m tickled pink to have been cast in Mask & Mirror’s radio production of A Christmas Carol!

Oh, the acting bug had been biting hard again – it’s been two years since I was last on stage (you can read about my experience in Das Kaspar Theatre here: https://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-theatre-feels-like-home/) other than playing piano for Mask & Mirror’s wonderful production of Rabbit Hole last summer. “The Stage”, of course, looks very different now, thanks to COVID-19. The director, Daniel Hobbs, and all of we cast and crew members are working from home via Zoom. Performances (pre-recorded) begin December 18, 2020. You can read all about it here: https://www.maskandmirror.com/.

We’ve only just begun the rehearsal process, but I’m so excited already!

Das Kaspar was a huge stretch for me as an actress for many reasons. The dialog, subject matter, my first staged reading, playing drunk and falling off a barstool, ultimately dying on stage.

A Christmas Carol is a huge stretch for many other reasons. Dickens’ classic is one of the most beloved (including by me) Christmas stories of all time, re-written for radio by the director. The audience can’t see us; only hear us. I’ve been cast in three different small roles which require three different distinct voices. This is my first experience with voice-only acting, and I can’t even get together in person with my director and cast-mates!

Bah! Humbug!!

Just kidding.

I’m super excited about the show and invite you to join us for performances. We are all volunteers and the show is a gift to our audience. Yet I hope you will give a generous donation to support the theatre. We can all use more creative expression and uplifting entertainment in these challenging times. https://www.maskandmirror.com/

Whether you have on your holiday table “the bestest goose that ever was”, like Tiny Tim, a lasagna, like I’m making, or a turkey or tofurky, I wish you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. God bless us, everyone.

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Holiday Cooking Ideas

The holidays are going to be very different this year for a lot of people, thanks to COVID-19. George and I have decided it will be just us and Linn-Linn the kitten celebrating here. I still want to put up decorations and make nice meals, though; it will help me feel more festive. I’ve been thinking about simple menu ideas and we’ll likely be having an Italian-themed Thanksgiving dinner with Great Aunt Martha’s lasagna recipe; for Christmas, perhaps chicken cordon bleu with bearnaise sauce, wild rice and vegetables. (We like turkey; we just like other things better.)

If your household is like ours and you want to celebrate the holidays with tasty food, but on a smaller scale, this year, here are some cooking ideas for you.

Steamed broccoli: Get the water boiling before you turn down the heat, put the steamer dish loaded with the vegetables in the pan, and cover. Remove broccoli from the pan while still crisp and deep green in color, not more than 5 or 6 minutes.

Roasted chicken: This is the best way I’ve found so far to bake consistently flavorful and juicy whole chicken. (It might work well with other birds; I haven’t tried.) The night before you cook, or several hours in advance, rinse out and dry the bird. Loosen the skin as much as you can without tearing it. (If it does tear, no big deal.)

-In a small bowl, mix about 1/3 C olive oil (depending on size of the bird) with seasonings of your choice such as: salt, pepper, seasoned salt, unflavored meat tenderizer, garlic powder, tarragon, sage, poultry seasoning, thyme, basil, oregano. Also have your favorite paprika nearby. Mix together well; the mixture should be fairly thick.

-Start with the chicken breast-side up and generously brush the oil/seasoning mixture under and over the skin. Sprinkle generously with paprika and brush more to distribute. Then put the chicken breast-side down in the roasting pan and repeat the process on the back and sides of the bird. Stuff the cavity with large pieces of chopped celery and lemon. Fresh tarragon leaves are good too. Keep in the frig to marinate for several hours and bring to room temperature at least one hour before roasting in the oven, covered, at 350 for about an hour. Let sit before carving and serving.

Baked mashed potatoes: If you love mashed potatoes and gravy, but want a make-ahead dish, this is it. Boil and drain your potatoes (I keep the skins on.) Mash potatoes with dairy ingredients you have on hand (no milk, maybe a hint of cream) such as butter, sour cream, grated cheese, cream cheese and seasonings such as parsley, dill weed, garlic powder, chives, salt, pepper, seasoned salt. Spread into a pan and bake until warmed through and lightly browned on top – about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the temperature of your oven.

And, here’s a great crock pot stuffing recipe I previously posted: https://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-two-terrific-recipes/.

Remember to sing while you’re in the kitchen!

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

An Interview with The Boston Imposters

I was fortunate to meet Maire Clement, and consequently her now husband and music-making partner, Davey Harrison, in the fall of 2017. That was when I began going through Linda Brice’s Transformational Voice® Teacher Apprenticeship Training Program for the second time, this time as assistant teacher.

I love the people, their music, the way this couple approaches life, and am thrilled to present this 34-minute interview, which closes with a rousing rendition of “The Quarantine Blues”.

You can find The Boston Imposters here: https://www.thebostonimposters.com/.  Go on and support their music-making now, will ya?!

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Four Steps for More Comfortable and Confident Public Speaking

I’m pleased to have had the honor of being asked to provide a guest blog post for Nancy Christie’s “A Writer’s Place.” You can see it and learn the Four Steps for More Comfortable and Confident Public Speaking right here!

The next Saturday Voice Lab: Improv & Technique is Saturday morning, 10/17, 10:30-noon. Just $20. Register here! https://laurahandke.com/

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

How the Brain Works. Or Doesn’t.

My mother, Sally, turned 75 on September 21st. A milestone! She married my father at the age of 18, and birthed me smack dab 9 months later, still at the age of 18. I, of course, don’t remember this, but I’m told I was practically born in the car before they arrived at Watertown Memorial Hospital.

Apparently, I was very eager to get out into the world.

But certainly not to become a wife or mother at the age of 18. I graduated from high school at 17. At 18, I was just starting college, and marriage and motherhood were the very last things on my mind.

On my mind was compiling change with my friend Sandie so we could put enough gas in her 1972 green Pontiac LeMans to make it to the Lucky Lady in time for 99 cent pitchers of 3.2 beer. We’d get there early for happy hour, buy four pitchers, save a table, and let the beer sit there and get warm for all of our friends coming later.

But, I digress. This really isn’t about how our brains work. Or perhaps it is. Perhaps all those pitchers of cheap, warm beer, along with the wine choices that have come since, have impacted my brain capacity to this day.

All the same, this is what I meant. Sometimes we get stuck in old thinking ruts, regardless of how much or how little cheap, warm beer we drank in college.

My brother and I coordinated on a gift to be delivered to Mom, but I also wanted to send her a little package to unwrap along with my birthday card and letter. Mom used to love Erma Bombeck, so I thought she would enjoy a book from my humor writer friend, Dorothy Rosby, who happens to live in Rapid City, South Dakota.

I placed an order well in advance of Mom’s birthday and – even with Amazon Prime – was told the book may not arrive until after her birthday. So, I talked with Dorothy about her mailing me one directly. Then we both started wondering if the shipping from Amazon is so delayed because of the wildfires everywhere, and if her shipment might be as well. I decided just to forget it, and send Mom the book later, for no occasion, after it arrives from Amazon.

Can anyone tell me why it didn’t occur to either Dorothy or me sooner that I can just mail Mom my copy of I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better? when another is coming to me from Amazon?

Like my husband said, it’s like looking everywhere for your glasses when they’ve been on top your head the whole time. It also reminded me of the time I forgot that ducks fly. https://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-the-stupidest-thing-i-ever-said/

The next Saturday Voice Lab: Improv & Technique is Saturday morning, 10/3, 10:30-noon. Just $20. Register here! https://laurahandke.com/

You can find the funny words of Dorothy Rosby here: https://dorothyrosby.com/

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)