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 October:
Mom! I need your help! I’m out of ideas for a Halloween Costume, and I don’t have any money to buy one…. But I went as a ghost last year with one of our old sheets and you wouldn’t let me cut eye holes; I kept running into things….I went as a zombie two years ago and the fake blood barely came off. It left a red mark on my face for weeks….go as an executive? I’d have to wear a suit (thinking) and a tie (getting excited) and carry a briefcase. (Excited) I’ll open my briefcase to get the treats and I’ll have an official-looking document that says people must give me two handfuls of candy. Under the document will be a gun…Just a fake gun, Mom!...Okay, no gun. I’ll take handcuffs instead….okay, no handcuffs. How about a stick?...No stick. (frustrated) Then at the bottom of my document in big, red letters, I’ll put “Or else my mom will come after you!” (sarcastic) That will scare everyone. (exits)