It started at the same time as Gerry in The Attic. (our last musical, which turned out to be a trumpeting success) But it wasn't until about May 2018 that I approached the girls. We were having dinner in the rehearsal room and I asked everyone to exit the room except these girls. Gary Beaubouef and I had had this idea to do a musical set in Japan. Set in a small town near Kanazawa we would bring to life the stories of a group of drummer girls. We loved the idea and gave t
(Japanese follows) Drop those T’s, elongate those vowels, make your ‘th’ sound like an ‘f’—you’re a Cockney now, Laura!
As an American from the Great Lakes area, natural Cockney English accents aren’t something I grew up hearing, let alone trying to use. From my high school days as a huge Renaissance Festival and theatrical combat nerd, clean English was the only real dialect challenge thrown my way. Preparation for that was simple, as I could get away with just copying som