Monologue Mania

Want to keep your acting skills sharp and build your monologue repertoire while taking a break from in-person theatre classes? Then join us for Monologue Mania!

 

Pioneer Drama will regularly post a pair of monologues --- one male, one female --- and we'll share them with you here. They know theatre folks love an audience, so they've come up with a way for you to perform them for others!

 

Pioneer Drama invites you and your actor friends to perform, record and post a monologue to share. Here are the guidelines from Pioneer Drama:

  • Perform the memorized Pioneer monologue either with or without costumes and/or props.

  • Email your video to monologues@pioneerdrama.com or choose your favorite social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) to post your video using the hashtags #pioneerdrama and #monologuemania so we're sure to see it.  

  • Uploading the video and tagging it with #pioneerdrama gives Pioneer Drama Service explicit permission to share the entire video on our own social media platforms.

  • The video must start with the following:

    • The performer's name

    • The full name of the play

    • The name of the playwright(s)

    • "Published by Pioneer Drama Service"

    • A short introduction to set the scene. For many plays, this can be done in just one or two lines.

    • Do NOT include any school name or location since we want to protect everyone's privacy.

We promise to watch and enjoy all the monologues, then we'll post the best ones on our social media pages!

To quote the Texas Educational Theatre Association, during this challenging time "the theatre community will serve as the perfect ambassadors for demonstrating strength, resilience, optimism, and grace," so let's keep ourselves engaged and growing and have some fun with Monologue Mania!

We thought we'd start with some lighthearted, silly monologues to keep everyone's spirits up! Over the next few weeks, we'll post a wide variety --- comedic, dramatic, and tragic --- and will make sure they span a range of grade levels, as well. Click to download:

In The Hood - Miss Bowman

Bigger Than Life - Pecos Bill

These next two monologues are much more meaty and dramatic. They come from outstanding stage adaptation of two classic novels, Dracula and Frankenstein, and are ideal for high school performers. If these are too heavy or mature for you, check back later --- there are more coming! Click to download:

Dracula - Mina

Frankenstein - The Creature

For our younger students, these monologues are taken from the book Ups and Downs which features elementary monologues that explore emotions. Here's one of the sets of paired monologues, presenting the same situation from different points of view: a school ban on chewing gum --- one from a student's point of view, one from a teacher's.

Ban on Gum - Student

Ban on Gum - Teacher

The monologue below about dodgeball is a simple elementary one, but it suggests two different scenarios-one in which you are excited to play dodgeball, the other in which you are worried about it. It's funny how you can recite the exact same words, yet convey two entirely different moods, based on whichever scenario you choose. Simply by altering your tone of voice, your pacing, your facial expressions, and your body language, you can completely change the feel of the piece.

Dodgeball - Different Scenarios

We know you'll enjoy today's two comedic monologues, though the plays they come from differ considerably from each other. The female monologue comes from Grover, a one-act comedy which has elements of both farce and the absurd. Rememberin' Stuff, on the other hand, is not a comedy at all. Rather, it's a full-length collection of scenes that range from lighthearted to heartfelt, from hilarious to serious. Some of the scenes, held together with a frame story of high school students exchanging memories with each other, are intense.

Grover - Wife

Rememberin Stuff - Rick 

Two new monologues below!

Diary of a Wallflower - Ms. Walden

Bayou - Tooney

There's nothing like some heavy drama or softly revealing inner dialogue to show off those acting chops. With today's two monologues, we're offering a little of both!  These monologues are a stark reminder that we're all vulnerable, and that all of us process our feelings differently.

If These Walls Could Talk - Stanley

Fighting for My Self - Juanita

Ahh, the ghost story! We all love a good tale full of creepy details--- even if some mythical elements might be a little hard to believe. Today's monologues are two funny, spooky short stories that will give actors a chance to really sell a dark-but-humorous narrative. 

Camp Stowaways - Major Marjorie

The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Chris

Two different monologues about "Mom's mushy meatballs" - each character has a very different perspective. Try both and see which one you can "sell" the best!

Moms Mushy Meatballs - Mom

Moms Mushy Meatballs - Son

The following monologues offer some serious dramatic lessons in subtlety and nuance. The more serious topics/characters give actors a chance to convey moods like somber reflection, or austere guidance and authoritative tones. 

Whispers - Kate

Scheherazade - Grand Vizier

Here are a couple of dramatic monologues. Two characters portray very different perspectives during trying circumstances: one character is a source of strength, the other completely clueless. Highlights the importance of not only the words used, but how they are used.

The Last Leaf - Sue

Pride and Prejudice - Darcy

Since this monologue is meant to explore emotions, the kid's "feelings" are entirely up to you -- or rather, a six-sided die. Roll a 3, perform this monologue as if "humiliated." Once you've successfully demonstrated all six emotions, come up with your own list of new emotions.

  1. shocked

  2. willing

  3. humiliated

  4. adventurous

  5. cranky

  6. anxious

Blood Moon? Boring - Kid

These classic monologues actors to be their most boisterous, brash, and rambunctious selves! Besides capturing the bravado of these candid characters, students can also work on "reacting" to other "onstage" characters -- even when nobody else is actually there. By practicing the technique alone, actors will be better equipped when they do return to the stage to focus on not just speaking, but listening and reacting, to fellow actors. After all, a monologue might be a solo performance, but it's often the other actors who add the finishing touches for fully developed character.

Anne of Green Gables - Anne

The Selfish Giant - North Wind

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