Kids Monologue of the Month
Tips for preparing a monologue:
- Imagine the person you're speaking to. If you're supposed to be speaking to the audience, imagine who they are--friends? enemies? the doorman?
- Imagine where you are and the things that are around you.
- Create a set by using real objects that are handy--chairs, benches, fake tree, etc.
- You can use real objects for props, too--book, wallet, football, etc.
- Be expressive--get mad or happy or sad or just have some attitude as you perform your monologue.
- Movement & Gestures--use them. Don't just stand still while doing a monologue.
- If there are stage directions—in parenthesis—in the monologue below, use them or come up with your own. They're just suggestions. If a monologue has ellipses (three dots in a row), act as if you’re listening to someone else responding or speaking to you. But those ellipses might also just mean there's a slight pause. Read through the monologue and see if you're listening to someone or just pausing for effect.
Break a leg! (That's theater talk for "good luck." It's bad luck to say "good luck" in the theater so you say "Break a leg!")
Here is a monologue for July. Have fun!:
Wrong Side of the Bed
(limps in) This morning, I got up on the wrong side of the bed. Not in the sense that my parents use that term. They say that means, you’re in a bad mood from the beginning of the day. But today, I actually got up on the wrong side of the bed. I don’t know how. I must have had a really bad dream or something. The next thing I know I’m waking up on the floor against the wall. And I know nobody saw it, but my mom had to help me get off the floor; she was laughing the whole time. I was so embarrassed. I pretended I was looking for my favorite pencil. She laughed harder. I spilled my Cheerios at breakfast, stepped on one of my Legos—that hurt—then dropped my toothbrush in the toilet. Don’t ask. So I’m going back to bed and I’m going to try getting up on the other side. (limps off)