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Meet Sienna Bannister

SIENNA BANNISTER

Sienna is the eldest child of Michael and his dead wife, April.  Sienna's childhood was a happy one, with loving parents and a stable home - well, three homes really.  Her parents were both successful and internationally renowned actors, and the family spent their time equally between Los Angeles, London, and Melbourne.  They had permanent homes in each city.  Sienna had attended private school in Melbourne, but when she needed to be at the other homes a private tutor was hired in to home school the girls to ensure they did not fall behind in their education.

Sienna was an outgoing, precocious little girl with boundless energy and a love for being the center of attention.  She had a natural talent for performance and was encouraged to pursue it.  Her parents organised private and group training with some of the best professionals in the world for her.  From a young age she appeared in ads and a few films, and her parents were in talks with Disney about a television series featuring both the girls when the accident happened.

Sienna's world changed instantly and completely at the moment of the accident.  She lost her mum, and Michael and Emerald spent months in hospital and then undergoing rehabilitation.

Sienna has a fear and loathing of hospitals and clinical environments now, and is terrified of being away from her family for even the shortest of times.  Michael and Emerald settled in Melbourne to undergo their rehabilitation.  Disney offered to continue the project with just Sienna, but she rejected the offer, insisting that she had to stay with her family.  Her father still supports her career and constantly tries to encourage her to go back to Los Angeles to continue with her career.  

Sienna does not want to give up acting, but cannot bring herself to leave Michael and Emerald.  She sees this theatrer company as the way for her to achieve both.

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Episode 10 - The Cajoling

INT.  BANNISTER HOME
MICHAEL Wow.  What a lovely meal.  And the thing which made it lovely is sharing it with my two gorgeous daughters.
SIENNA It really was the most fun we’ve had together in a long time.
EMERALD I don’t think I have been this relaxed for weeks.
SIENNA I know what you mean sis.
MICHAEL I know.  These last few weeks have been insanely hectic.  Between getting the building finished and preparing for the launch there hasn’t been a moment to ourselves.
EMERALD Just remember, in two days time you will be as free as I am right now.  I can’t tell you how happy I am to not have to keep reworking Flora’s dress (chuckles)
MICHAEL Well, not really free girls.
SIENNA What do you mean dad?
MICHAEL Once the launch is over we pretty much have to dive into getting our first show up.  We have to maintain the momentum of the launch or else it is really all for nothing.  We have to try and stay in the public eye.  At least for the first year.
SIENNA Groan.  And I was really looking forward to a six month …

CHAPTER 28: The Snubbed Kiss

CHAPTER 28 The Snubbed Kiss LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Snub (cont.) Kirana interrupts Ruby's conversation with Sophia and Henri comes to the rescue.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd, Malaynee Hayden, Maree Shefford, and Damian Vuleta.
SCENE 2: The Kiss Sienna settles Edward into her dressing room to help him with his makeup and their relationship becomes a whole lot closer.
FEATURING: Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose.
SCENE 3: The Celebration The cast of Richard III get an enthusiastic response to their opening performance and they take a moment to celebrate.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose
Transcripts below.

SCENE 1: The Snub
(DRAMATICUS FOYER. OPENING NIGHT PRE-SHOW)
RUBY
Let’s agree we both made the wrong assumptions, eh? Do you like Henri’s designs?
SOFIA
Si. I have always dreamed of wearing and Ensemble gown.
RUBY
We can definitely do something to make that dream come true.
SOFIA
Oh, no. That would be too much.
RUBY
Nonsense. Henri and I are good fri…

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations

CHAPTER 30: The Consumated Operations
LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Consumation Edward invites Sienna up to his hotel room for a night cap after a long day.
FEATURING: Jaclyn Lombardo and Scott Knight
SCENE 2: The Operations (pt 1) Ruby calls the family together for a production meeting.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 3: The Operations (pt 2) The family convinces Ruby to go against her wishes for the good of the company.
FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, Jaclyn Lombardo, Maree Shefford and Samsara
SCENE 4: The Hiring Maree invites Kirana to her office for a meeting.
FEATURING: Jo Boyd and Maree Shefford.

SCENE 1 (EDWARD’S HOTEL ROOM)
SIENNA I’m exhausted! I am glad the season is only 4 weeks. I don’t think I could handle this marathon for longer than that.
EDWARD Come, come Si. Take a seat while I pour you a brandy.
SIENNA Mmmmm. Brandy! You better be careful Ed or I’ll fall asleep.
EDWARD …