How to prepare to perform a monologue

By | April 12, 2021


If you have not chosen a monologue yet, either go to your library or bookstore and get some monologue books and scripts. Many auditions require you to do two contrasting monologues to show You can choose between different kinds of emotions. Try to choose two monologues where you can never imagine the characters being friends in real life. Most monologue books categorize the monologue as serious, comic, classic, or a combination that makes it even easier to find comic pieces. Stay away from dialogue pieces if you are not auditioning for a game where you have to use accents. NOTE: Also stay away from monologues from TV or movies and anything that is exaggerated. (Especially if you are auditioning, no director wants to hear the same monologue 30 times)


Copy or print and print a copy of your chosen monologue. If you do not own the book and do not mind writing in it provides there is plenty of space to write. If you print what is recommended because it helps you begin to memorize it, double-double the lines and format it to the center of the page, leaving room for notes.


Read over the monologue dozens of times and try different interpretations. Try all types of voice, volumes, emotions and body language to see which ones best suit the piece and your ability.


Take pen and paper and write down decisions you need to make about the character. If you have the advantage of having the script, you can figure out a lot of this. If you do not need it more imagination. You want to decide two things, above all what happened right now and what is your character’s main motivation. Answering these two questions helps to understand and interpret the piece in a credible way. By writing them down, you will internalize and remember your decisions in detail. If the game is well known, you need to read the script so that you do not get too creative with a well-known character.


Go through and divide the monologue into sections. Write the main idea or goal that the character is trying to achieve for each section. Go through each line and write an adjective or word that conveys a clear context for the line above the one that fits your interpretation, such as absurd, angry, confused, uneven, depressed, hopeless, hopeful, sunny, optimistic, insecure, etc. Then go through and set / or … to enter a pause. You do not want to pause every line, but you character can stop and think about his words or let them sink in, especially if he is talking to another character. Avoid pausing for longer than 5 seconds, people think you have forgotten your lines.


Now read over the decisions you have made. See if they fit and red over the monologue loudly several times.


We have not reached the block. (Or the movement that goes with the words. There are few monologues where you will use the whole scene, but you should have something there. It feels natural for their character. They get nervous and tactful, they are scared and move up. They become angry and takes a step up and pounds his chest. Go through and make decisions. It does not matter what they are. Hold back and make decisions. You do not have to be in constant motion and there may be some movement, depending on the piece and the character. , but just take chances and experiment.When what you say naturally matches what you do, you write the block.


Go through the block and perform the piece in front of people you know will be honest or a webcam or camcorder, so you can refine and change things you do not like. If you make videotapes yourself during and that almost all actors are more critical of themselves than anyone else. So do not worry as much about performance as your interpretation. If you or your audience thinks your performance is natural and the decisions you make stay halfway there, if not go back and make new decisions. Try new blocking or try different emotions. If you are happy with it, it’s time to move on.


When memorizing scripts, it’s usually good to just go for it. Say as much of it as you can and look at the script when you can not remember a line. Then start at the beginning and keep trying to recall the lines. Every time you look at the monologue and try to recall it, you write more and more on it in your memory. You do not want to have to think about what the line is when you are on stage. It will take away performance


Once you have memorized your lines and blocks, perform your monologue (s) in front of employees if possible and get feedback. Make sure someone is in the back of the room so they can see if you are projecting and will be heard when you are actually performing.


Now you are ready for your If it is an audition, you usually enter your name and then your agency if you have one (provided it is a payment). Introduce your monologue (s). ‘I will do a bit from (insert game name) with (add author) & quot; Then the same phrase for the other monologue if applicable. A moment of silence. I usually but my head down or close my eyes to recall ‘the moment before’ and then go into the monologue. If you do more than one monologue, you take a few more seconds of silence, so the audience knows that you are moving on to the next monologue and also so that you can ‘reset’ ‘the moment before’ When you are done, wait a few seconds and say thank you. Generally, you do not bend. How monologues are presented is a taste issue, but just make sure to present yourself and keep it short. Sometimes if you have been asked to say what parts you are trying for or how your availability is, you also say these things before your monologue.


You should change your monologue if it becomes popular or old. If you are auditioning, do not take the rejection to heart, there is always more audition. If it’s for class as long as you’ve learned something or improved your skills, you’re a success.

Tips and warnings

  • Jumping in place is a silly way to shake off phase horror before it’s your turn to do your monologue.
  • There are plenty of books and workshops that belong to auditions and monologues. Use these to improve
  • Monologues are usually performed as part of an audition for theater or as class work for an actor. In this article, we will go through to prepare to perform a monologue for an audition or a class.