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Tribute to Lady Felicia (I have to title one more of these before I graduate? Man) by Nina McKinstry

I’m so proud of myself for finally being able to come up with an actual title for a blog post, but I have a series to uphold until I graduate so here we are.

Hi! My name is Nina McKinstry and I’m playing Beline in Nathan Hale’s production of The Imaginary Invalid! I’m so overwhelmingly excited to be doing another show at Hale, and I’m even more excited and grateful to be playing such a fun and challenging role. I’ve never played a role like this before, and it’s certainly a far cry from the last character I played at Hale (cue jokes about me playing little boys here).

Without getting too spoiler-y, one of my absolute favorite moments in the show is when Beline, for reasons I hope you’ll soon find out, lets out a blood curdling scream. This moment has given me the opportunity to bombard some of my castmates with many musings about one of my favorite British murder mystery shows, the love of my life, Father Brown. A recurring bit in Father Brown, a bit that has been my favorite since elementary school, is the “Lady Felicia Scream”. In most, if not all, of the episodes, one of the main characters (Lady Felicia) finds a dead body, dying person, injured person, what have you, and lets out the most incredible comedically well-done scream anyone has ever done ever. All this is to say that I’ve been waiting many years to scream my head off like that on stage. I can’t wait to let out my best “Lady Felicia Scream” every show, as well as, you know, perform with my good friends, be funny, do things other than scream, etc.

The rehearsal process for this show has been so incredible thus far and I can’t wait for everyone to see the finished product! (P.S. Nancy Carroll if you’re reading this I love you)

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