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Victoria Hill answers the question, "What does being a girl mean?" this weekend.
The 23-year-old actress will perform a monologue called What Being a Girl Means at the Sarasvàti Productions Cabaret of Monologues on March 7 and 8 at the Colin Jackson Studio Theatre at the Prairie Exchange Theatre (third floor of Portage Place).
There are 10 performances in total. All of the 10-minute performances, following Sarasvàti Productions’ theme of Rise Up, are to celebrate International Women’s Week.
The monologue was written by Hannah Burns, a student at St. Mary’s Academy (550 Wellington Cres.).
"It’s basically me at a pageant; I’m like a beauty queen," Hill, a West End resident, said.
In a big, poofy dress, sash, and a blonde wig, Hill will play the part of a woman taking part in the question period of a beauty pageant. Since it's a monologue, Hill has to imagine the host asking her, "What does being a girl mean to you?"
"My character is struggling with the whole idea of being in a pageant," Hill explained. "It turned into a call for women and girls to point out the issues that women face in today’s society."
Some of the issues Hill describes in her monologue are unrealistic standards of beauty and how women in positions of power are treated.
Although this is Hill’s first performance for Sarasvàti Productions, she has been acting since she was in high school.
"I went to Elm Creek School — it’s a little school in the country," Hill said. "It has under 200 students from kindergarten to Grade 12."
Hill participated in tiny productions while she was in high school, but after graduating, she had to decide if she wanted to pursue performing arts as a profession.
"I have an interest in social justice and human rights, so that’s what I was taking when I got into university," Hill said. "So my major was going to be politics, and my minor was going to be theatre."
However, once Hill dived deeper into the theatre program, she changed her plan to a double major in politics and theatre — until she changed her mind again.
"And now, it’s going to be a theatre degree with honours with whatever in politics. I don’t know how that happened. I just met wonderful people in the (theatre) program and community and I love it," Hill said.
Hill’s next acting project is a play called Little Red, a Bananafish Theatre production which is slated to be in this year’s Fringe Festival.
"I don’t actually know who I’m playing yet," Hill said. "They (Bananafish) asked me to be a part of it. We haven’t started the rehearsal process yet."