A little bit about Serena
– Although I was only born half Italian, I consider myself at least 3/4
– Favorite movie director: Martin Scorsese
– If I could live my life as any imaginary character, it’d be as Tyler Durden
– I don’t just cry when I watch Titanic, but anytime I hear the opening to Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On
– Ask me what my favorite movie is and I’ll give a different answer every time.
– “Favorite movie’s a triple way tie: Goodfellas, the Departed and the Usual Suspects (All Martin Scorsese)”
– “Favorite movie will forever and always be Pulp Fiction”
– “No movie will touch you, in every way possible, the way Titanic does; obviously my #1 fave”
– “Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock is the best classic and is my favorite.”
– “My favorite movie? The Godfather part I. Why’d you even have to ask?”
– If I could rewrite an ending to any movie, I’d make Eli Wallach (AKA Tuco, AKA the Ugly) kill Clint Eastwood (AKA Blondie, AKA the Good) in the Good the Bad and the Ugly. I think’d it make for a good plot twist.
– Favorite actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (The actor who appears most frequently in Martin Scorsese movies)
“You’re so nice. You’re not good, you’re not bad, you’re just nice. I’m not good, I’m not nice, I’m just right. I’m the Witch. You’re the world.” – The Witch
This year in my Theatre Performance class, I will be taking on the role of the Witch from Into the Woods. Yet another antagonist, I am super excited about this character and have already started an intense analysis of her role in the musical, using techniques from my experience in Doubt. For those of you unfamiliar with this character, or musical, the Witch is more unique than most in that she actually transforms into a youthful version of herself halfway through the plot. This allows me to explore two completely diverse physical characteristics while still maintaining the true mental and emotional nature of her individuality. Although I am a little worried about the musical aspects of this performance, as I am an inexperienced singer, I am anxious to take on the challenge and broaden my abilities with the hopefulness of a great overall, final performance!
Ever since grade eight, I have participated in the Southridge Speech Day competitions. In my first year, like all other grade eights, I was to perform a persuasive speech. However, starting in 9th grade I was able to perform dramatic interpretations which I discovered a strong passion for. In grade 9 I performed the monologue “A Leap Year Leap” by Walter Ben Hare. For this performance I received 2nd place. The next year I decided to perform a more contemporary piece, “Tuna fish” from the play Laughing Wild written by Christopher Durang. I really loved this character and as a result of working with her for numerous performances, I know that she’ll always resonate with me. With this monologue I placed 1st in the grade 10 Dramatic Interpretation category. The following year I wanted to try a more solemn piece and placed 2nd with my performance of “Cold Blooded Murderer” by Elisa Thompson.
In drama 11, our class consisted of four students. As part of the course, we spent most of the year working on a play called Doubt, a parable. In this performance, I played the character Sister Aloysuis. Researching and analyzing this play was one of the most rewarding experiences for me as it proved how intricate our roles and characters can get if you put time into truly understanding their history and motives. This was my first real performance for me; I will never forget the amount of effort we put in as an ensemble, the deep, intellectual connection i shared with my character, and the accomplishments we all deservingly achieved.
– Placing first in the Fraser Valley One act play festival
– invited to attend Sears Provincial One Act Festival
– Best Supporting Actress award from Sears Provincial One Act Festival: Abby Wells