When your child is just getting started in acting and is auditioning for school plays or feature films–it is always good to have a few monologs on hand that shows off your child's talents. We know that as a parent, helping your child find a good monologue can feel like an overwhelming process. That's why we prepared a selection of fun monologues to help you get started!
But first thing first. What is a monologue?
A monologue is a scene where only one character speaks. The other character listens. And here's the catch... you're going to imagine that another character is standing in front of you.
A well-written monologue makes casting agents remember your kid. Good audition monologues will:
1. Be less than two minutes. Two minutes is more than enough to show your stuff. In fact, the auditors have already made their decision after 30 seconds, maybe even less.
2. Have a clear objective. You can't just stand there and talk. You have to be actively talking to someone you've imagined, and you must be trying to get something from them.
3. Have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. A beginning: a strong first sentence to capture attention. The middle: lots of juicy content. An end: a strong finish. When your monologue has structure, the casting team are more likely to remember you.
4. Contain conflict. Drama cannot exist without conflict. Nobody wants to see a play about everyone getting along.
Monologues for boys:
1. "Kid Hero" (best suited for boys under 7 y.o.)
I've always dreamed of being a hero. I've tried everything to become super. I let a spider bite me… no spider powers; just lots of itching. I tried standing too close to the microwave oven hoping the radiation would change me. Nothing. And I got in trouble for making so many bags of popcorn. But I took it all to school and had a popcorn party. I was a hero that day. So I guess it kinda worked.
I love being a hero. I love helping people. I love making them happy. And I hate bad guys. I hate creeps who hurt people. There's this kid at school… he is always hurting everyone. I am sick of him hurting us. I just need those super powers. I need something that will make him stop! Maybe if I eat more of the school lunches. They look radioactive. If I get enough green hotdogs and brown ketchup in me… something is bound to happen. (excited) And I need a catchphrase like "gonna smoosh me a baddie"… and a cool costume… actually last time I was in the bathroom, I saw the perfect superhero name. Protecto! Instead of a telephone booth like superman, I could use a bathroom stall and those Protecto seat covers could be a cape… and make a toilet paper mask. Nothing scares bad guys more than bathroom stuff. (thinks then frowns) Or maybe it will really make them want to give me a swirly. I better rethink this.
2. "Peter Pan", a monologue from the book by J. M. Barrie. (best suited for boys 7-10 y.o.)
MICHAEL: I won't go to bed, I won't, I won't! Nana, it isn't six o'clock yet. Two minutes more, please, one minute more? Nana, I won't be bathed, I tell you I will not be bathed! I want to play house with Wendy and John. See, they're pretending to be like mother and father. They need someone to play the child. Now John, have me. If you are not going to have me, then am I not to born at all? Please John, nobody wants me!
3. "Treasure Island", a monologue from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (best suited for boys 7-10 y.o.)
JIM HAWKINS: Although it's been years, I remember that night as if it were yesterday. The wind was up – and the sea was high – and it was bitterly cold for November. But my mother's inn, the Admiral Benbow, had quite settled down for the evening. Our only lodger, Captain bones, seemed to be quiet of once, and kept to his room. I had nearly given up hope we'd have any visitors at all when – without warning – my great adventure began. Of course, I – Jim Hawkins – had no notion I was starting out on my journey to Treasure Island.
4. "Equus", a monologue from the play by Peter Shaffer (best suited for boys 15+ y.o.)
ALAN STRANG: That's what you want to know, isn't it? All right: it was. I'm talking about the beach. That time when I was a kid. What I told you about... I was pushed forward on the horse. There was sweat on my legs from his neck. The fellow held me tight, and let me turn the horse which way I wanted. All that power going any way you wanted… His sides were all warm, and the smell… Then suddenly I was on the ground, where Dad pulled me. I could have bashed him… (Pause.) Something else. When the horse first appeared, I looked up into his mouth. It was huge. There was this chain on it. The fellow pulled it, and the cram dripped out. I said "does it hurt?" And he said–the horse said–said–"Desperately." It was always the same, after that, Every time I heard one clop by, I had to run and see. Up a country lane or anywhere. They sort of pulled me. I couldn't take my eyes off them. Just to watch their skins. The way their necks twist, and sweat shines on the folds…
Monologues for girls:
1. "Sharing" (best suited for girls under 7 y.o.)
Some people think I don't like sharing, but that isn't true at all. I love sharing. I mean, what's not to love about being able to go up to someone and say, "Hey, can I have some of that candy?" And then they give you some! Or, "Can I ride your bike for a while?" And then you get to ride their bike! Sharing is awesome. Sometimes you have to be careful, though. Like if someone comes up to me and says, "Can I have one of your cookies?" Well, if I gave them a cookie, then I might not have any cookies left to share with other people and that would be, like, the opposite of sharing. So I have to say no. Because sharing is really important.
2. "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe", a monologue from the book by C. S. Lewis (best suited for girls 6 - 10 y.o.)
LUCY: It's all right. It's all right. I've come back. Why, haven't you all been wondering where I was? I've been away for hours and hours. It was just after breakfast when I went into the wardrobe, and I've been away for hours, and had tea, and all sorts of things have happened. No, Peter. I'm not just making up a story for fun. I was in the wardrobe. It's - it's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing , and there's a Faun and a Witch and it's called Narnia; come and see. There! Go in and see for yourselves. But - but where has it all gone? No. It wasn't a hoax, I promise. Really and truly. It was all different a moment ago. Honestly it was.
3. "Alice in Wonderland, a monologue from the book by Lewis Carroll (best suited for girls 7-13 y.o.)
ALICE: [Angrily] Why, how impolite of him. I asked him a civil question, and he pretended not to hear me. That's not at all nice. [Calling after him] I say, Mr. White Rabbit, where are you going? Hmmm. He won't answer me. And I do so want to know what he is late for. I wonder if I might follow him. Why not? There's no rule that I mayn't go where I please. I--I will follow him. Wait for me, Mr. White Rabbit. I'm coming, too! [Falling] How curious. I never realized that rabbit holes were so dark . . . and so long . . . and so empty. I believe I have been falling for five minutes, and I still can't see the bottom! Hmph! After such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling downstairs. How brave they'll all think me at home. Why, I wouldn't say anything about it even if I fell off the top of the house! I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time. I must be getting somewhere near the center of the earth. I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny that would be. Oh, I think I see the bottom. Yes, I'm sure I see the bottom. I shall hit the bottom, hit it very hard, and oh, how it will hurt!
4. "The Children Of Earth", a monologue from the play by Chance Perez (best suited for girls 13-19 y.o.)
ELLIE: "I did something terrible this summer...This summer when you were doing missionary work for the church. I was the meanest, most sinful daughter you could ever have and I apologize... I apologize for all those times that I swore I would never lose my innocence, I apologize for all those times that I told you I would never cuss, I apologize for being a nightmare come true but most of all I apologize to say, that I loved it!!! Every minute of every day I loved cussing, swearing to the name of the Lord, I loved feeling a man's body pressed against mine, I loved feeling the passion that came along with it, the purity of love. It was the most beautiful feeling I could have ever felt until... August 12, when I discovered I was carrying a child. I was feeling helpless for 3 to 6 days Mother, and I had no idea how to get out of a hole that I dugged up myself. I needed someone and the father of this human being left me, stranded, all alone when I needed someone. Mother, I didn't know what to do... I was so confused for so long I forgot who I was and then Cathelina and I had a conversation. She and her mother took me to Dr. John who willingly took out a human being out of this uterus of mine. I felt the pain, the hurt, the tears of the baby, the screams of him or her, I heard them... That was the most heartbreaking thing I could have ever felt. Every emotion that came along with being a mother was gone, every emotion that I felt for the father was gone, and every emotion that I felt for you was gone... because YOU left me stranded just like him. You decided to drop me in my darkest moments, because of the respect that you have to this fucking non-existent god. Amen to that one Mother."
1. Before learning the chosen monologue, your kid should read the play first (you can also just tell them the story if your child is younger). That way they'll better understand the characters and the context of the monologue.
2. Choose monologues that speak to your child and that get them excited to perform. Don't try to pick pieces that you think will impress the casting directors.
1. Ask your kid to try to speak slowly, loudly and clearly during the audition.
2. Advice you kid to make eye contact with the casting team.
3. Before the audition, remind your kid to get into character.
4. Let your kid relax, breathe and have fun - pressuring them won't do any good!