By Jessica Joy Laursen, ’17
St. Bonaventure University senior theater major Victoria “Tori” Lanzillo is preparing to present her capstone project, an original showcase production titled “…as yet untitled,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Garret Theater.
Admission is free and the show is open to the public.
All theater majors at SBU do a capstone project, which can take the form of a staged play or showcase, a design or research project.
After four years of acting, directing, design and tech classes in theater, Lanzillo, of Victor, N.Y., said she knew she wanted to showcase what she has learned to complete capstone project requirement.
She decided to put together “…as yet untitled,” which features some of her favorite scenes, songs and monologues. Selections in the show include scenes and monologues from “Elemeno Pea,” “Proof,” “More Than Before” and “Almost Maine,” as well as song duets from “The Baker’s Wife” and “The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown.”
The title of Lanzillo’s capstone, “…as yet untitled,” came about not only because she couldn’t devise a title that would represent everything happening in the show, but because it represents the stage she is at in her life.
“I can do so many different things when I graduate, and I am not entirely sure what I will be doing,” said Lanzillo, who has auditioned for and applied to various graduate school programs in theater and acting.
Senior theater major Lea Battaglia and freshman theater minor Bryce Spadafora will join Lanzillo in the cast of “…as yet untitled.” Their stage manager is junior theater major Chernice Miller.
“I have worked with Lea, Bryce and Chernice in past shows, and they are great and so talented,” said Lanzillo. “I wanted to be able to work with them for my last SBU performance.”
Battaglia is excited to be part of this production.
“I think this show is a nice way to end my time at St. Bonaventure,” she said.
Lanzillo said she has learned more about herself by working on this project. It has helped her realize the importance of knowing all aspects of theater. But Lanzillo knows how much she loves acting, and that is what she wants to pursue after graduating from SBU.
“This production is the perfect way for me to complete my capstone requirement, doing what I love and showcasing all the training that I have been given here,” said Lanzillo.
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