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About Monologues

A monologue is an uninterrupted speech by a character - speaking his or her thoughts, talking to another character or even addressing the audience. Since a monologue focuses on a single character, it allows an actor the opportunity to show off their acting skills and abilities.

Along with an acting audition role, every actor should have a pre-rehearsed monologue and should be ready to perform it when meeting with an acting agency for an interview or a casting director for an acting role. A perfectly-delivered monologue is sure to knock out any audience.

Types of Monologues

Dramatic Monologue

Dramatic Monologues are emotional. They require intense facial expressions and a serious voice. Soliloquies are a form of dramatic monologue - an extensive speech that is an insight into the mind of the speaker.

Comedic Monologue

Comedic monologues have been popularized by stand-up comics. The script is usually full of wit, sarcasm and irony. They are much more animated and use hand gestures and body language as a form of expression.

Monologues for Kids

Monologues for kids should come from scripts designed for children. They do not have to have an extensive number of rehearsed monologues. One comedic monologue and one dramatic monologue should be enough. A one-minute monologue should be long enough for most acting auditions for kids.

Musical Monologues

Musical theatre is an extension of the dramatic monologue. When a singer performs a musical piece, he or she is performing a monologue. The monologue comes in the form of a song expressing the character's thoughts.

Monologue Tips & Guidelines

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