Cast: Jamie Oxenbould and Sharon Millerchip
Position: Dialect Coach
In December 2010, I ended a fun year of coaching at the Ensemble Theatre with their production of Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon. Directed by Mark Kilmurry, who I've had the joy of working with several times, it starred the brilliant talents of Jamie Oxenbould and Sharon Millerchip. Set in the 1970s, Jamie played Barney Cashman, a New York fish restaurant owner, who is desperate to shake up his dull life by having an affair. He tries, unsuccessfully, to seduce 3 separate women, all played by the lovely and hysterical Sharon Millerchip.
Jamie and Sharon both have great ears for accents so it was a treat to take their talents to an even higher standard than they already are. Jamie nailed Barney's New York dialect and Sharon was outstanding at mastering the 3 different accents and voices we worked on for her characters - Elaine's ballsy New York, Bobbi Michelle's ditsy Californian, and Jeanette's depressed Standard American. With a great writer, director and actors on hand, I had a ball!
Here's a clip taken from the final dress rehearsal where you get to hear Jamie and Sharon's accents in action. Enjoy!
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