Katherine Zon Clavel
1st Year English Major
I’ll be playing Merideth Tan, also known as Meri! She’s Adrian’s cousin. When it comes to Meri, I’ve found that relating to her becomes both an easy and difficult task. It’s contradicting, I know. What we share is our fierce love for our families. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about my family, my brother and my cousins in the Philippines. But where we differ is how we express this love. While Meri, who is in contact with her family at any given time of the day, I am not. Meri has been in the company of her entire family all her life, while miles and miles separate me from a sizable portion of the rest of my family. I don’t really know what it feels like to be in a crowded house, though I’m positive it’s a good feeling. I’m not always very obvious when it comes to telling my family, both near and far, that I love and care about them, like Meri is, but I’m sure they understand, nevertheless.
This actually isn’t my first time acting on a stage! I’ve acted with both my high school and my church before, as well as outside companies. Acting is great. Acting is fun. And being part of this year’s PCN Acting cast makes me so happy! Ever since seeing the PCN at UC Berkeley, I told myself I’d participate, wherever I ended up going (you know, if they had PCN wherever I ended up). I’m so glad to be part of this.
The message that I want to convey with Meri is that there will always be someone there who loves and cares for you. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this, but we’ve all gone through something where we’ve felt like the world was against us. We all have our times of weakness, frustration, and doubt – we are only human, after all. But even in the darkest, most difficult of times, there is someone there, who loves you, who cares for you, and who has always been there. We are never alone. And I feel that that is what Meri helps to embody, and what I hope to convey to the audience.
Since this is my first, I’m gonna have to go with the night that I found out that I was going to be in PCN! That was this past year, during FATDs! I remember being so nervous when they told us to go outside to see the cast list. I was so nervous, in fact, that I didn’t even see my name the first time I looked at the list. I… wasn’t even looking at the right list! It was terrible, and Abby had to tell me that I made it on the Acting cast, cause she was actually looking at the right list, haha. That was a really great moment for me, because I wanted it so much!
PCN is not just a show to me. PCN helped to make my first year bearable. I had practices to look forward to, and lines to memorize, keeping me from being idle with my time. And I had people that I looked forward to seeing every time we had practice. While I was usually more quiet and calm (and probably really tired) at practices, I enjoyed being able to spend my time with everyone there. And being involved with PCN also helped my inner longing to get more in touch with my Filipino culture. I was never involved with the Fil-Am in my high school, but I found myself immersed in it within the first weeks of my time here. And I’ve loved every moment of it. I’ve got PCN to thank for a lot of that love.
My dream is to be happy. And no, I’m not just copying Beyoncé. But she did have the right idea, didn’t she? To be happy is my greatest aspiration. In the end, it won’t matter if I’m rich or famous (but that’d be nice). What matters is if I’m happy with who I am and who I have grown to be in my future. I want to be able to smile when I wake up every morning, and I want to be able to sleep soundly, without worries plaguing my mind.
I want the bright side to be the only side, ya feel me?