Faith is no stranger to the stage at Parkway Playhouse, but every time she brings something new and enjoyable to performances. In this production, she has been cast as Oliver himself. Let’s catch up with her about preparing for the role.
PP: How has your experience been playing the part a boy character?
Faith: I have actually played a boy in a few shows before. In Beauty and the Beast Jr. I played Chip and I actually have done the show Oliver! before and instead of playing Oliver I played the Artful Dodger. Of course it has been tough, you’d think it would be pretty easy playing a boy since I’ve practically only lived with boys my entire life, but I’m at the age right now where I’m starting to mature more as a woman. I’m also use to using my chest voice for singing but Oliver has more of a calmer toned voice, like compared to Dodger it’s definitely lighter. I’m basically having to do the opposite of what my brain is telling me!
PP: How has it been with the dialects in the show? Did someone teach you?
Faith: The last time I did the show Oliver! my director/ drama teacher, Dirk Lumbard, helped me learn how to do a cockney accent for the role of Dodger. Right after Oliver! I was in the show Mary Poppins and played the role of Jane Banks and I had to learn a British accent. Since a cockney accent isn’t too different from a British accent it wasn’t terribly hard to learn. So it’s been pretty easy for me to have a British accent in the show.
PP: What do you think audiences will think about this particular production?
Faith: I think the audience will feel a wide variety of ways about the show! Mainly during the performance… There are many happy, scary, sad, and thrilling moments in the show. I really think they will love it, since we have such an awesome cast!
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