An avid reader, Victoria cites her favorite books as “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – classics all.
Her favorite actors? Classic Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart and Myrna Loy.
Myrna Loy? How many 18-year-olds have even heard of Loy? (For the record, she starred with William Powell in “The Thin Man” movies in the 1930s.)
Victoria is so taken by those early Hollywood stars, she chose the movies as the topic of her junior research project.
She wrote a 20-page research paper and defended her thesis on the topic of censorship in the movies from 1939-1969.
Studying all those films also helped her as a performer. Then again, she has been performing ever since she can remember.
All through elementary and middle school, she appeared in school plays and played Helen Keller in Trinity’s high school production when she was in eighth grade.
As a freshman, she played Anne Frank in the high school play and has followed that up with appearances in all the school plays since, including playing a man, Major Metcalf, in “The Mousetrap.”
As a junior, she acted in “Life With Father” and also served as the student director.
Victoria has worked with the Lexington Children’s Theatre and for two years was a member of LCT’s Company B, an acting troupe for high school students. She also appeared in “Georgie Boy” with The REP.
“I feel most alive when I’m on stage,” Victoria said. “I love the makeup and costumes and the excitement of preparing for a show. I love the challenge of putting on another character.”
When not acting, Victoria is singing. She takes voice lessons once a week, sings in the school choir and is a member of Trinity’s a cappella group “Lookin’ Sharp.”
She manages that busy schedule while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. Next month, she will audition for the musical theater program at Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio.
After that, she has her sights set on Broadway. If dedication is the ticket, she could be on her way.
“She’s so passionate and loves performing with all her heart,” her mother Tracy said. “She’s the first one at rehearsal and the last to leave.
“She is completely vested in what she is doing.”
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