Brainerd High School senior Nicole Spear is shy.
But when she's in the spotlight in drama her shyness does not play a role.
Spear, who has been involved in drama since seventh grade, was named Fine Arts Student of the Week for her strong roles in "1984" and "A Hodgepodge of Nonsense."
Acting runs in Spear's family. Her grandmother and father both act. Spear's father, Bob, wanted to try out for "Cinderella" with the Pequot Lakes theater group and he wanted Spear and her brother to try out, too. Spear, then in seventh grade, agreed and thought it would be fun. She did not receive a speaking role, but was in the choir.
A year later, Spear played a small role in "The Wizard of Oz" with the theater group at Central Lakes College.
It wasn't until Spear played the Duchess in the musical called "Flapper" at Franklin Junior High School in Brainerd as a ninth-grader that she knew acting was for her. Spear said it was her first speaking role and she had a solo in the play.
Fine Arts Student of the Week
Art focus: Drama
Art activities: Drama and Sinfonia Orchestra
Favorite subjects: Advanced Placement language and AP art history
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Her role as Margot in the Central Lakes College play, "The Diary of Anne Frank"
Artist most admired: Johnny Depp
Favorite movie: "The Princess Bride"
Favorite TV program: "Daria"
Favorite song: "Beautiful Day" by U2
Parents: Bob and Carol Spear of Brainerd
Spear said at first she was excited to get the speaking role. Then she began to question whether she would be able to do the play. She began practicing her lines and built up her confidence. After the performance, Spear said the play went so well she wanted to continue to try out for plays in the future.
The following year, Spear began drama at the high school and won the role of Margot in "The Diary of Anne Frank." Margot, the sister of Anne Frank, was a quiet person.
This role was one of Spear's favorites. She said the role had an historical perspective and many people came up to her after the play to tell her how happy they were with the role.
"I was happy to do that for them," she said.
Spear played Susan in "Hodgepodge of Nonsense" as a junior and played Syme in "1984" last fall. Spear plans to try out for the spring play. Last spring Spear couldn't participate in the play because she was in Germany.
Spear would like to play an evil character because it would be exciting. However, she said there is not one role she would not like to play. She said she could make any role exciting.
Dedication to a role is what makes Spear a good actress, she said, noting she really gets into the character. One of her weaknesses is not remembering her lines. She said this does not happen a lot, but when it does it is frustrating.
Playing a lead role is something Spear would like to do, but she has not accomplished it yet. Each time she tries out she is willing to play a major or minor role.
Spear plans to attend a four-year college after high school to major in drama, psychology or German.
"I want to be active in theater (after high school)," said Spear. "In some way."
Macala Campbell, junior, art: Campbell's art adviser said, "Macala's personal work discipline and ability to self-direct her efforts towards the completion of quality art work have resulted in a succession of nicely designed and creative pieces."
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