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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Accurately Portraying Anastasia
« on: July 13, 2009, 07:23:41 PM »
wow without an accent. That's interesting, thanks Tina :)

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P.S.: About your username - I assume you got it short from "Becoming Anastasia" - so, to tell you for sure, Ana is not a Russian nickname for Anastasia, and Anastasia Nicholaevna was definitely never called Ana. ;-)

I had a feeling that was the case. But thanks for the heads up.

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Anastasia Nicholaievna / Accurately Portraying Anastasia
« on: July 11, 2009, 11:01:47 AM »
Hi everyone :)

I'm a drama student who has the very challenging, yet very exciting task of creating a solo performance based around "the life and legend of Anastasia Romanova".
It is extremely important to me that I characterise her as best as possible.

In a nutshell...I need to become Anastasia...without seeming like another imposter hehe!

Watching some of the Anastasia inspired movies has given me a few ideas, but still to me, there seems to be something missing in these portrayals.

I have spent the last couple of weeks researching this amazing young woman. I've sifted through countless inaccurate websites (claiming to be biographies) to find a few rare treasures (like this forum!) and have read a couple of books on the Romanov family. Every new piece of knowledge I learn makes me want to know more about the impish little Nastya!

So just a few questions...

How did Anastasia speak? I've been studying Russian accents, but it occurred to me that Russian royals might have spoken differently to the middle and lower classes. I've noticed that most of the actors portraying Anastasia completely drop the Russian accents and speak in refined english accents instead. What do you think would be more convincing?

What is something that characterizes her? A cheeky sparkle in her eye, a mischievous smile...or is there more to the young woman than the entertaining prankster?

What piece of clothing would best represent her character? I'm thinking costume wise :)

If Anastasia could come back to tell us something, what would it be? What would be her message to the people of the twenty-first century?

Thanks,
BecomingAna :)

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