Paul has a library of show-specific dialect recordings for the hundreds of plays and musicals he has coached in the theatre; these consist of audio files for each character in the show. He demonstrates every line spoken or sung by every character — pronunciation, intonation, tone, rhythm, isolating and discusses the actor’s choices in great detail. He avoids giving line readings by concentrating on sounds rather than character intentions. He also explains the idioms and obscure vocabulary of the play, and how that character fits into the world of the play. This is everything actors could possibly want from their dialect coach, but in the convenient form of online sound files. We believe Paul is the only dialect coach who offers this service.
Listen to excerpts from Paul’s My Fair Lady/Pygmalion recordings for Eliza Doolittle:
and for Henry Higgins:
Paul offers streaming-audio recordings (or CDs, upon request, for a small additional fee) for the following shows. (If a title is in green, the recordings include dialect instruction for ALL characters and ALL their lines. If not in green, perhaps only the dialect roles have been covered, or the set is incomplete in some other way.):
A. My Name is Alice, And Then There Were None, Angels in America (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika), Anna in the Tropics, Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Art of Murder, Awake and Sing, Behold, Black Comedy, Blood Brothers, Boeing-Boeing, Born Yesterday, Brigadoon, Broadway Bound, Brooklyn Boy, Bullshot Crummond, By the Bog of Cats, Cabaret, California Suite, Candida, Chess (British and American versions), A Christmas Carol, Communicating Doors, Crimes of the Heart, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Crucible, The Cup, Dancing at Lughnasa, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Drood, Easy Street, The Fantasticks, Father of the Bride, Fiddler on the Roof, Finian’s Rainbow, The Foreigner, The Freedom of the City, Frozen, The Gaol Gate, The Glass Menagerie, Guys and Dolls, Harry Potter, Hay Fever, The Heart of a City, Henry IV, Part I, The History Boys, The House of Blue Leaves, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, The Importance of Being Earnest, Jane Eyre, Johnny Belinda, Kindertransport, The King and I, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Lend me a Tenor, A Lesson in Blood, Look Back in Anger, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Major Barbara, Mary’s Wedding, Midwives, The Mousetrap, Music Man, My Brilliant Divorce, My Fair Lady, Necessary Targets, Noises Off, The Odd Couple, Oh What a Lovely War, Oliver, Once in a Lifetime, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, One Man Two Guv’nors, Our Country’s Good, The Passion of Dracula, A Plague of Angels, Pride & Prejudice, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Pygmalion, Quartet, Quiet in the Land, Ragtime, The Real Thing, Rebels, Road to Mecca, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Secret Garden, Shadowlands, Shakespeare in Hollywood, A Shayna Maidel, Sherlock’s Last Case, Skylight, Six Degrees of Separation, Smash, South Pacific, Steel Magnolias, Storefront Church, Street Scene, A Streetcar Named Desire, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweeney Todd, Talley’s Folly, Ten Unknowns, 39 Steps, Titanic, Translations, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, The Waiting Room, Warwickshire Testimony, West Side Story, Whale Music, When We Are Married, Women of Lockerbie, Wonderful Tennessee, Wooed and Viewed, and You Can’t Take it with You.
If further coaching is desired, consider a Skype session with Paul. And if you don’t see the title you want above, Paul can create it for you!
Paul also provides links to online recordings of native dialect speakers as real-life models (and in some cases, to recordings of native speakers speaking the names, terms, and idioms used in the play you are producing). If Paul doesn’t have recordings for the show you’re working on, he’ll be glad to discuss making them for you.
Cost and Ordering Information:
Purchase access to the recordings for an entire show (separate audio files for each character) for just $349. (You will have access to these recordings for the duration of your show.) This option is available only for the shows in bold, above. Or ask about recordings for individual characters.
A complimentary subscription to the appropriate Paul Meier dialect eBook (see all titles) is included for every cast member who needs one. For a cast of more than 14, this represents a value greater than than the lease price of the show!
E-mail Paul for a quote or to place an order. Include the title of your show, theatre, performance dates, and the first and last name and email address of each actor and character he or she is playing (so we may issue subscriptions to the appropriate eBooks). Ask about recordings for selected characters only, if desired.
Giving you online access to the sound files you need takes just minutes. We will create a private, password-protected webpage for you and your cast, containing your recordings in streaming-audio format, playable on any internet-connected device. Click here to see what your page will look like. Or, if you prefer CDs, we will add the cost of shipping and a refundable deposit of $20 per CD.