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 January:
I Can Make Myself Cry
Sometimes I can cry real tears. I want to practice more so I can do it anywhere, anytime, because I want to be in the movies, and actors and actresses cry a lot. I’ve gotten myself to cry several ways. One way is staring at something and not smiling, like this. (stares at something on the floor for several moments; tries not to smile but keeps smiling; bursts out laughing). Okay, I can’t do it right now but usually I can. Let me try blinking and sniffing like I’m about to cry. That will work. (tries several moments) Now I’m going to add a sobbing sound. (sobs but starts laughing instead) That’s not working. Okay, okay, I’m going for something different. (hides face in hands and tries to make a crying sound; gets louder; stops suddenly and points at eye) See? See? I have a tear or at least this eye is watering. (acts as if holding an award and waving at a large audience) “Thank you, thank you for this wonderful award. (sniffs as if crying) This is so special.” Yep, I’m ready to be a star!