Monologues are great and can be used in so many ways: as practice pieces, to help students explore different voices and as audition pieces. In particular students thinking about applying to drama school should select and rehearse a range of pieces for use in auditions. In the hands of a skilled actor they become a powerful element in a mixed revue-type performance, and they work incredibly well as pieces of audio drama where a real connection between actor and listener is created.
Audition Speeches for 6 to 16 Year Olds, edited by Jean Marlow
Intended for students and children taking part in speech and drama competitions and exams, this book contains a range of audition speeches. It includes female, male and unisex speeches selected from both plays and children’s books. Where relevant the author has indicated how a speech could be shortened for younger children. There is also an introductory section with contributions from Alan Ayckbourn, Carol Schroder (teacher and examiner for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), Richard Carpenter (TV writer) and Ed Wilson (Director of the National Youth Theatre) and senior casting directors for the RSC, TV and film. This edition has been freshly revised to include 10 new speeches from well known recent productions as well as children’s books including Harry Potter. ‘A superb compilation’ Amateur Stage.
For children from 7 – 13, here is a treasure chest of excerpts from a rich and exciting variety of sources.
Scenes and monologues come from such plays and films asThe Diary of Anne Frank, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Curse of the Starving Class, The Secret Garden and Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
And, most appropriately, from writings by children themselves.
Whether it’s for a competition, an audition or for class, these monologues will help get the job done.
Specifically geared for students, this collection contains a wide variety of characters, genres and lengths.
All the monologues come from plays published by Theatrefolk and include approximate timing, character/story background, and performance suggestions.
It offers a total of 40 Monologues – 19 Men, 21 Women
There is also a second volume available, Competition Monologues Book Two.
Coyote Killer a monologue by Matt Buchanan
A young teen’s cat is mauled by a wild coyote. Determined to avenge his pet, the teen sets out on a campaign to kill the coyote. But in order to get close enough to do it, he must essentially befriend the animal, and in the end his revenge sickens him. This emotional and sometimes shocking monologue is a great vehicle for showcasing an actor’s intensity.
Published by Applause Books
Kids of today face a different world and a different set of challenges than did the children of even 15 years ago
Playing with a Purpose features a collection of monologues that reflects these new attitudes and circumstances
Highly diversified in its view of the family and the child’s place in the world, the monologues have been chosen from several sources:
From contemporary playwrights and screenwriters
From YouthPlays – a new company that specializes in publishing cutting-edge plays for the youth market
And from such conservatories for young actors as The Playground, the Los Angeles-based training center run by Gary Spatz, the leading acting coach for performers ages 6 to 16
“Playing with a Purpose” is an idea that arose from Fife’s work with young actors over the course of several decades
The included monologues have been chosen and arranged to allow for a young actor’s development
From Getting Started: Simple Situations and Circumstances to Intermediate: Adding Elements of Character to Advanced: Character Counts each chapter includes pieces that will test the young actor’s ability