Americans often make fun of the Canadian accent, over pronouncing words here and there, sounding like a lame Irish brogue. But can you blame them? As Canadians, we don’t really notice the accent that we use in our everyday conversations. Where a Canadian says: ‘out’ (emphasis on the ‘ou’), an American would say ‘ow’ (no emphasis on the ‘t’). Next time you watch TV, listen for it. You’ll hear someone say ‘ow’ instead. This is just one way to sound more American, which is exactly what theatre instructor, Doug Abrahams teaches here at Capilano University.

Students in the Acting for Stage and Screen program are trained in dialects from various regions of the world, the most important being the standard American accent as it allows Canadians to be cast in American productions without sounding like Canadians. Acting student Alex Lowe, the lead in Exit 22’s upcoming production of The Government Inspector, has a passion for learning and practicing dialects and accents on and off stage. In the show, he gets to take his love of dialects for a test drive. Full of wacky accents, this Russian comedy is packed with characters who are as crazy as their voices.

The show runs from October 15 to 18 at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University. Students receive $7 off adult tickets!

The Exit 22 production company showcases the work of students in Capilano University’s Acting for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre and Costuming for Stage and Screen programs. To learn more about Exit 22 productions, connect with Exit 22 on Facebook. For more info about the amazing shows at the BlueShore, stay in touch with the BlueShore on Facebook and Twitter (@BlueShoreStage).

Still not convinced about the accent thing? Try watching an episode of Trailer Park Boys followed by House of Cards. You’ll see what we mean.

Submitted by the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts