Loudoun-based teen actor Serena Parrish makes her professional New York debut this weekend.
The 14-year-old Woodgrove High School freshman earned a starring role as Small Alison in the New York regional theater debut of the Broadway musical “Fun Home.”
The Tony Award-winning musical is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. It features the main character at three different ages, focusing on her complicated relationship with her father and discovering her own sexual identity.
Serena plays Alison as a 10-year-old, alternating performances with another young actress.
Because of its proximity to New York City, the White Plains regional theater attracts Broadway heavyweights, and Serena will be performing alongside award-winning actors like Broadway actor and Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli, who plays Alison’s father Bruce, and Rita Harvey, who starred in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” as Alison’s mother Helen.
Serena got her start in Loudoun’s Main Street Theater Productions, starring as Jojo in Main Street’s production of “Seussical” last year. Loudoun Now covered her professional debut in Ford’s Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” last fall.
A move to a major New York City metro area regional production is a huge jump for a small-town community theater actor, says Serena’s father Dan Parrish.
“She’s been a true Cinderella story,” he said. “Nearly landing several Broadway and professional roles as a community theater kid is fairly unheard of, and she attributes her success to the exceptional training she’s received from [Main Street Theatre director and award-winning actress] Karlah Louis and her voice teacher Ann Stewart.”
White Plains Performing Arts Center’s production of “Fun Home” runs Oct. 12 through Oct. 28. Parrish’s performance dates are Oct. 12, Oct. 14, Oct. 20, Oct. 24 and Oct. 27. For tickets and information, go to wppac.com.