MEET: Cierra Cellerari of Plains

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By Alan K. Stout

For Weekender

Cierra Cellerari is a pharmacy technician at The Medicine Shoppe in Clarks Summit, which is a family owned business. She is also an actress and vocalist and operates her own character appearance business. Cellerari, 24, grew up in Plains and is a graduate of Pittston Area High School. She is also a graduate of Wilkes University, where she received a degree in musical theater. She lives in Plains.

Tell us a little about your work at The Medicine Shoppe? I’m a pharmacy tech. My dad is the owner. He worked in Clarks Summit for 33 years at Costa Drugs. When they closed, he decided to open his own business.

You’ve also been involved with local theater, correct? Yes. I have been. But I’ve kind of been steering away from theater and going just towards music. My main passion is singing. That’s what I always liked about doing theater, and that’s why I went to school for musical theater. I grew up as a dancer. I danced at Joan Harris since I was three, but I didn’t sing in front of people until I was 16. I was so afraid that I was tone deaf. But after that, my family became more supportive of me pursuing musical theater and singing. So it’s kind of branched out, not just from doing theater, but just doing music.

You’re now in a rock band, correct? I am now the lead singer in my own band. Our name is Risqué De Shock. We mainly do covers of classic rock, ‘80s hits, current hits and pop/rock.

Tell us a little about your character appearance business. You’ve done Elsa from “Frozen” at many events, right? I’ve done Elsa, Cinderella and Ariel, so I’m not limited to one princess. I’ve been doing that since 2009. It started when I was still in high school and it kind of branched out once Facebook came into the picture. More people started hearing about me, and it’s almost become a weekly thing, where I’m booked for parties. I’ve actually had people ask me to do a wedding and to come to their wedding as Elsa.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I like spending time with family. And I’m a big animal lover. I have four dogs. And of course my dogs are also considered family. Honestly, singing and performing is my free time. It’s what I feel most comfortable doing and what I’m happiest doing.

Who are some of your favorite musical artists? Mariah Carey. Michael Jackson. Those are probably my two main two influences, musically. But I like a wide array of music. I’m not limited to just one type. I can go from listening to Mariah Carey to alternative.

Any hobbies? I do puppetry. I also like scrapbooking and I paint wine glasses.

Favorite city? New York.

Favorite vacation spot? Just the beach in general. We go to Chincoteague, Virginia.

Favorite part of NEPA? I like that there’s countryside in one area, and you can also be in the city in the other area. If you want to go for a hike, you go to Frances Slocum. If you need to buy things, you go to the mall 15 minutes away.

All-time favorite movie? “Edward Scicssorhands.”

Favorite TV show? “Orange is The New Black” and “Desperate Housewives.”

Favorite holiday? Halloween.

Favorite quote or catchphrase? “Some days, there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”

Guilty pleasure? I watch “General Hospital.”

Most influential person in your life, and most defining moment? My Mom and Dad are my biggest influences. My dad’s a very hard worker with integrity, and my Mom’s the same way. And they’ve always been very supportive of everything that I’ve wanted to do, as far as dreams go. As for a situation, it would probably be my time in college. It wasn’t the easiest time. Being in a theater program is difficult. We go to regular classes during the day, and we go to rehearsals at night. And I just went through a lot of different situations in college that really took me down a few steps, and kind of had me question exactly who I am and what I wanted in life. It helped build up my confidence, because I was knocked down so many times. I don’t regret anything. Anything bad or good that happened, I’m thankful for it, because it made me a stronger person today.

Alan K. Stout is a regular contributor to Weekender. In addition to the MEET feature, he also write about the NEPA music scene.