TIPS FOR AUDITIONS
Selecting Your Monologue
- Always keep your monologue under the time limit.
- Make certain it is age and setting appropriate.
- Avoid using a character from the show you are auditioning for.
- Do not use a monologue from Alice In Wonderland or Wizard of Oz.
- (Only because they are over-used.)
Creating An Engaging Monologue
- Memorize the monologue completely so you can be confident.
- Make certain you are expressive and move around.
- Determine what your character wants and find new ways to get it.
- Find a spot out in the audience/director area that you are speaking to.
- You should expect a chair and nothing else for props when auditioning.
- Before starting, introduce yourself and the monologue you will do.
- Let the director see you change into that character.
- Do not use props in an audition - the director is there to see you act.
- Do not worry if you forget a line. Keep going - no one will know but you.
- If you get stuck, pause (in character) and start again.
- Do not worry if director stops you or asks you to try something.
- That only means they have confidence in you to try it.
- If asked to sing - do not be timid. Put your voice out there!
- Confidence and energy can often trump a lousy voice.
After Your Monologue
- At the end of your monologue, always say "thank you".
- Return anything you used in your monologue.
- Be a great audience member and support your fellow actors.
Relax, smile, be confident in yourself and have fun!
We have students involved in nearly every part of our shows. Read through the document below and inquire with the director to see if that position is open for an upcoming show.
FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Middle/Elementary School Monologue
- DramaHub: Monologues and Scenes
- Child Drama
- Theatrefolk: Monologues and Scenes
- YouthPLAYS: Monologue
- FreeDrama: Teen Monologues
- Weber Drama Club: Monologues
- Monologue Archive
- Free Monologues for Kids and Teens
- Buzzle: Short Monologues for Kids
- MonologueDB: Monologues for Kids
- Drama Notebook: Monologues for Kids and Teens
How To Write A Monologue
Previous experience is never needed to be cast in our shows - we will find a role for every student that wants to be involved and give them an opportunity to shine. However, being able to sing confidently in an audition is critical to improving the chances of being cast in a larger musical role.
Anyone can be taught how to sing and increase their vocal range. Even just one excellent musical vocal class or a couple hours of individual lessons with a quality coach can make a noticeable difference. Here are some options that range in price from free to ~$100+ per month. Note that "online" training is very difficult to make work at middle school age without adult assistance, though.