Beautiful Bodies

Part Played: Nina

Playwright: Laura Shaine Cunningham

Directed by: Missy Little, Beardsley Theatre 2012

Reflection on the project:

Nina was unlike any character I’d gotten to play before. She was a plus sized character, but she refused to be defined by her size. She was fun and witty, and enabled me to grow as a comedic actor. She was like me and she was my polar opposite, so it was interesting trying to find her little quirks. She taught me how to use my face properly. Some of the faces I’m making in these photos are some of my favourite faces I’ve made during my whole career as an actor. I’ll always remember Nina fondly as the character who reminded me to laugh at myself.

 

 

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Anika Payne as Nina, Emma Merlo as Sue-Carol and Sarah Wilhelm as Jessie. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Oltman
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Emma Merlo as Sue Carol, Anika Payne as Nina, London Beavers as Lisbeth. Photo Credit Elizabeth Oltman
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Emma Merlo as Sue Carol, Anika Payne as Nina, and London Beavers as Lisbeth. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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London Beavers as Lizbeth, Sarah Wilhelm as Jessie, and Anika Payne as Nina. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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Anika Payne as Nina and Lizzy Ana Lincoln as Claire. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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Lizzy Ana Lincoln as Claire, London Beavers as Lisbeth, Emma Merlo as Sue-Carol, Anika Payne as Nina, Sarah Wilhelm as Jessie, and Sarah Davis as Martha. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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Anika Payne as Nina, Emma Merlo as Sue- Carol, London Beavers as Lisbeth, Lizzy Ana Lincoln as Claire, Sarah Wilhelm as Jessie and Sarah Davis as Martha. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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Sarah Wilhelm as Jessie, Lizzy Ana Lincoln as Claire, Sarah Davis as Martha, Anika Payne as Nina, and London Beavers as Lisbeth. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman
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Emma Merlo as Sue Carol and Anika Payne as Nina. Photo Credit; Elizabeth Oltman