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Accents in Acting: You Sound Too American!
What would "My Fair Lady" be like if Eliza Doolittle lacked an accent? or had a Southern accent? Or if the characters in a production of "Huckleberry Finn" had New York accents? Accents can add life to a performance?but they can also bring a whole lot of trouble. What do you need to know to have a believable Australian accent? Or a French one? Is it possible to learn enough to fool a native? Stephanie Breinholt, a BYU professor and accent coach, discusses the particulars of credible dialect or other forms of exotic speech while Shelly Graham, a Theater and Media Arts professor, outlines the production challenges and benefits of speech training.—Original airdate: 8/24/2006

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