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Serena's star quality takes her to the West End stage

Serena's star quality takes her to the West End stage

Many singers and actors would love to appear in London's hallowed West End.

But the majority never realise that ambition.

So you can imagine how excited Portlethen teenager Serena Masson is after gaining the chance to appear in a new production of Phantom of the Opera.

The 17-year-old has just been accepted into the West End Stage programme and, although she's still at school, Serena is already relishing the chance.

In the longer term, she wants to be a film actress. But the opportunity to shine with many of her British contemporaries this summer has thrilled her to bits.

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The talented teen told STV: "I was really delighted when I heard the news and I can't wait to get involved.

"I'm passionate about acting and being involved in theatre and being on stage and it doesn't get much bigger than the West End.

"I joined Phoenix Youth Theatre when I was 15 and since then I have been working on my acting, singing and dancing skills.

"So far, I have been in the chorus of Hello Dolly at His Majesty's Theatre and I also performed in Strictly Come Dancing's Tour when they came to Aberdeen.

"I was also performed in The Pajama Game last year and then, a couple of weeks ago, I performed in Ellen Kent's Professional Tour of Madame Butterfly as an extra with some other Phoenix people at Caird Hall in Dundee.

"So it has been a busy time. And it is going to get busier as the summer goes on."

The chance to appear with the West End Stage programme has convinced Serena she can turn her potential into a permanent vocation.

As she said: "I was over the moon when I found out I had been accepted and I can hardly explain what it means to me.

"I've always dreamed of performing, but now, some of these dreams are coming true.

"I recently got accepted to study a Diploma in Acting at Aberdeen College after the audition was successful and I hope to maintain this success to go to a London drama school in a few years."

"But I'm keeping my feet on the ground."

It's a difficult profession to crack. But there's something about her which suggests she has the right stuff. Serena Masson - remember the name.

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