Monologues : 30-Second Monologues

Original, unique 30 second monologues for children and teens.  When you only have a short time to make a big impression.  Listed in order of age.  

"No Babies Allowed"      new!

Male. Age range 4-8. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

A young boy does not appreciate the new baby in his house. Not at all!

" . . . .The new baby at my house spends all his time screaming and (scrunch up face as if smelling something disgusting) making incredibly stinky diapers. (fling arms out angrily)  Why do we need a new baby anyway? . . . . "

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"Frog Fear"      new!

Male. Age range 4-8. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

Frogs are awesome.  It's not his fault his sister has Frog Fear. 

" . . . .She started screaming (yell like the sister)  “FROG! Get it off, get it off.” (Make a terrified face like the sister) And then she ran away screaming that frog feet touched her and she will never be clean again. (giggle)  It was pretty fun. (tilt head to one side) . . . "

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"Dear Julissa"      new!

Female. Age range 5-9. Total length: Approx. 30 seconds.

When you are trying to be brave and write your best friend a letter after she moves away, but it's too hard because you miss her so much.  

"Dear Julissa. Do you like your new home? I hope you’re making lots of new friends. (Pause and voice starts to break) I hope . . . I hope . . . .  No. (tear paper in half) No, I don’t hope that! (tear paper again and let pieces fall to floor) . . ."

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"The Stepsister"      new!

Female. Age range 6-12. Total length: Approx 30 seconds

A cute, funny monologue that allows an actress to display a wide range of emotions (sarcasm, happiness, anger, surprise, pride) in 30 seconds!  

" . . . . Not only does my Mom have a new husband but now she has a brand new daughter to pay attention to. (undertone of anger)  I hate my stepsister already. They’ll probably get her new clothes and new toys and I’ll get the ratty old things. . . . . . . . "

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"The Dragon Confession"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

Trying to tell your parents that you found a Dragon isn't easy.  Especially when the Dragon tells you he wants a sheep for dinner "or else".  Yikes!  

" . . . .At first I thought it was cool to have my own dragon, (concerned) but things are getting weird. He keeps asking for candy because it turns out (spread arms in an unbelieving way) dragons are addicted to sugar. And he’s starting to look at me funny. He said he wants a sheep for dinner or else. (worried) I’m not sure what “or else” means . . . . . ."

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"No Internet?"      new!

Female. Age range 8-12. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds

No electronic devices allowed at camp?  Are they SERIOUS?    

" . . . . How do they expect me to function without the internet?  (roll eyes)  It's like living in the Dark Ages. (raise hand and wave) Hello Counselor person.  We have a problem . . . "

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"Divorce, American Style"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

A girl informs her parents that she is leaving them and moving in with Grandma until they stop fighting.

"Dear Mom and Dad, I think we need a divorce. I’ve tried to be patient. I’ve tried to be hopeful and I’ve watched a lot of Lifetime movies. But nothing is changing. You fight every day. . . . . "  

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"Purr-fect"      new!

Male or Female, Age range 8-12. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds.

Life if practically purrrrrr-fect when you're a cat.  

". . . . Unfortunately the human child I live with (graceful catlike gesture to one side) has become something called (say word dubiously) a “teenager”.  My peaceful domain is now filled with noise and I am constantly being swung about. (Jerk side to side a little as if being swung about) I do NOT approve of this. . . . . . . "

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"Super Average"      new!

Male or Female. Age range 8 - 14. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds.

What are you supposed to do when you are the kid in the middle and great at nothing?

"My older brother is super smart and great in sports. My younger sister is super cute and great in dance. And me?  I’m the kid in the middle who is great in nothing! My grades are average, my sport skills are average, (spread arms wide) my whole life is average. (suddenly thinks of something) . . . . . . . ."

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"Wake Up Alice"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

Is Alice in Wonderland dreaming?  Why are people trying to take her to a hospital?   

" . . . No I don't want to go to the hospital. (Pleading) Oh won't you please listen?  I was drinking tea and the March Hare was telling a riddle. . . . . Wake up Alice.  Please wake up."

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"Everything is Black"      new!

Male or Female. Age range 10 and up. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds.

When your world ends, everything is black.  A young person struggles to breathe after receiving news of an impending divorce.  

"I exist.  I know I exist.  But all I feel is black.  I move.  (take a step or two) I know I move.  But all I see is black. . . . . "

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"Mannequin Makeover"      new!

Female. Age range 10 and up. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds.

A Mannequin suddenly finds herself in a strange new position.

"Why am I standing like this? I used to be the featured Mannequin in the Designer Department. (dreamy expression) I wore lovely dresses with beautiful accessories until I was moved here. (say with absolute loathing)  To Juniors.  I hate Juniors!  (Relieved sigh as you slowly straighten up, lowering arms to side as if being moved) . . . . . . . . . . . "

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"I'm Fine Mom"      new!

Male. Age Range: 12 and up. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

A boy sacrifices everything to keep his younger brother from being bullied.  

"Every morning at breakfast my Mom asks me how I am.  I always say (smiling, very cool, emphasize the word fine) “I’m fine Mom.  Everything is Fine”.  (Drop smile and eyes become sad and bleak)  I want to say my ribs hurt Mom, because Seth pushed me against my locker.  . . . . . "

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"My Sassy Body Afterlife"      new!

Female. Age range 12 and up. Total Length: Approx 30 seconds.

A sassy Grandma is looking forward to the Afterlife.  This monologue is great for classroom acting lessons.  

This monologue was featured in the book "Active Listening by Michael Rost and J.J. Wilson.  

" . . . . . Yes I'm dying. . . .  I want my sassy body back in the Afterlife. I plan to date some aliens or maybe go white water rafting on Neptune. No sitting around on a cloud for me. . ." 

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"Paree"      new!

Female. Age range 12 and up. Total length: Approx 30 seconds.

Paree!  The city of lights and the city of SHOES!  

" . . . . My Mom is taking me to Paris.  We're going to museums, monuments (roll eyes) the usual.  But all I want to do is go shoe shopping. (dreamy sigh) I love shoes! . . . ."

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