Monologues : Drama

Original Dramatic Monologues for Kids and Teens listed in order of age

 


"I Wish"      new!

Female. Age range: 4-8. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A young girl is given a dandelion and asked to make a wish.  Inspired by a tweet from Misha Collins, this monologue captures a sweet moment in a child's life.  

" . . . . . .Daddy is a TERRIBLE mime. But Mommy says we can’t tell him that. It’s our secret.  (Make shhh sound with finger to your lips) That’s when I knew what to wish for. (small pause) To be in this park, blowing dandelions and watching my Mommy and Daddy laugh. This is the perfect wish.  I wish for this. (spread arms wide)" 

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"A Little Goodbye"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 5-8. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A child struggles with saying goodbye to a dying Mother. Heartbreaking but full of emotional intensity and honesty.  

 

"Everyone keeps telling me to be brave.  (Look up)  They say that beautiful Angels are hovering in the air waiting to gather my Mommy in their arms.  They say that today is just a little goodbye and that my Mommy will always be up there with the Angels watching over me.  Then they tell me not to cry.  And I nod and I say it’s okay and I understand and that I won’t. . . . . But I don’t understand.  It’s not okay. . . . . ."

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"An Orphan's Life"      new!

Female. Age range: 5-9. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Peek inside the life of one of the “other” orphans from Annie as she cleans and dreams of a better life. 

 

" . . . . . I’m not like Annie.  She’s so brave.  She always stands up to Miss Hannigan.  I wish I could do that.  (tilt head to one side) I can see me now.   Miss Hannigan will be yelling like usual.  (make voice sound mean like Miss Hannigan) . . . . . (Brave, determined face)  I’ll walk right up to Miss Hannigan and say . . . . . and say . . . .(face falls back to scared) “Is there anything else I can clean Miss Hannigan?”  (Big sigh)  I try to be brave.  I really do.  But she’s scary.  . . . . . . "

 

 

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"I'm Making Puppy Eyes"      new!

Female. Age range: 5-9. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A little girl does not understand why her parents don't want another baby.  She's even making Puppy Eyes.   

" . . . . .  Why don’t Mommy and Daddy understand?  I want to be a Big Sister.  But they keep saying (spread arms) that I’m the only baby they will ever need. (brings arms to chest) I’m the only baby they will ever want.  . . . . . . (Shake head sadly)  I’m all alone.  Mommy and Daddy play with me sometimes but they’re busy too. . . . . . . . "

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"Leave the Light On"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 6-9. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

When the lights are off the scary dreams come.  So please, leave the lights on.

*The death of a father is mentioned in this monologue.

"Goodnight! (wave goodbye to someone off stage)  Don’t forget to leave the light on. I have to have the light on. Because when the lights go off, I have scary dreams. They don’t start scary.  They start wonderful. . . . . . "

 

 

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"Beyond the Rainbow"      new!

Female. Age range: 6-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Dorothy longs to go back to The Land of Oz.

"Yes Auntie Em.  I’ll be right there.  (looks up as if at sky) The sky is so clear today.  No tornados anywhere.  (forced, perky voice and smile)  Which is great!  Good for the crops. I’m really happy about this.   . . . . (face falls, voice saddens) No I’m not. (Big sigh)   The sky is clear, I’ll go to school, I’ll do the chores and I’ll go to bed.  The same thing I did yesterday.  The same thing I’ll do tomorrow.  (voice angers as fists clench at side)  I hate it!  I miss the Land of Oz.  . . . . . ."

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"Hello Sam. Would You Like A Cookie?"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 6-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Every day a boy named Sam, makes someone give him their lunch.  He's very big and very scary. But what if Sam just wants someone to see him?  A touching monologue about a child who decides to take a chance.  

A Longer Version, approximately 1.5- 2 minutes, is also inlcuded in this purchase. 

"“Hello Sam.  Do you like cookies?” (Shake head and try again in a perky voice) “Surprise!  Cookies!” (Shake head again and then stretch one hand out as if holding a cookie and say fearfully) “Cookie?”  (Big sigh)  I just don’t know how to say it.  There’s a boy in my class named Sam.  And every day he makes someone give him their lunch.  He just walks right up to you and says (sound mean) “Gimme.” (Wide eyes, a little fearful)  He’s very big and very scary. (shrug)  So we always just give him our lunch.   Yesterday he took mine.  I had a PB&J sandwich, apple slices and caramel pudding.  (dreamy) I love caramel pudding.  But Sam said “Gimme” so I did.  (look a little sad)  I was very hungry that afternoon.  Why was Sam always so mean?  . . . "

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"Goodbye To My Tree"      new!

Female. Aged 6-12 Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Leaving your special tree and moving away?  To a new home where you don't have anyone to eat lunch with? The pain of saying goodbye and the fear of the unknown is highlighted in this monologue.

 

" . . . . . I don’t want things to change. I want to stay here, in my house, with my tree. (Hopelessly) But no one ever listens to what little kids want. My Mom is so happy.  She keeps singing silly songs as she packs.  And I’m glad this move will make my Mom happy but . . . . . I’m scared. (Suddenly blurting this out as if telling a secret)   I’m not going to know anyone there.  What if no one likes me? What if I can’t make any new friends and I have to sit all alone at lunch every day? . . . . . "

 


 

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"I Don't Wanna Grow Up"      new!

Male. Age range 8-12. Total length: Approx. 1.5 minutes

A Lost Boy finds himself growing up.  A mix of comedy and drama, this monologue provides a peek inside life in Never, Neverland. 

"I think there’s something wrong with me. Yesterday we played a prank on the pirates. (voice gets sneaky and full of excitement) . . . It’s a little known fact that Pirates are afraid of frogs. We let them loose on the ship and then waited for the Pirates to wake up. “Oy, what’s on me arm?  It’s a frog! (Terrified, jumping around, rubbing arm as if there is a frog on there)  Get it off, get if off!!” . . . . . (confused) But afterwards, I felt strange.. . . . . ."

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"Dreams"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 2 minutes.

A girl ponders what she could be when she grows up. Filled with comedy until the ending where the monologue turns tragic.  Please be aware that this monologue has a DRAMATIC, SHOCKING ENDING.  

A Shorter Version, approx. 1 minute, is also included in this order. 

Dreams

Do you ever wonder what you are going to be when you grow up? I do. I think about this all the time.

In fact, I have so many dreams that sometimes it feels like my brain is going to explode from all my choices ...

  

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"Dancing with Fireflies"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A whimsical monologue that explores the power of the imagination.  Written for an audition for the role of JoJo in Suessical.  (PS.  The actor got the part!)  

"Me? No, Mrs. Spencer I don’t have my homework.  But there’s a very good reason.  I was sitting at my desk and then all of a sudden I was flying over the town.  And I knew I wasn’t me anymore.  I was a Phoenix.  And this was my one day to live . . . . . . . I helped a dragon save our town from an evil house dropping wizard and I danced in the sky with fireflies. .  . . . . . . "

 

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"The Dos and the Don'ts"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A girl does not understand how anyone deserves to be shot. Passionate monologue touching on the effects of prejudice. WARNING: Mention of shooting. 

*Written for an audition for Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, this monologue requires a Southern accent.

" . . . . . . How can anyone deserve to be shot? I go to Sunday school every week and they’re always talking about love your neighbor.  So I stood up right in the middle of church and asked Pastor Joe if Jesus was love, why would he want people to be shot?  I never heard the answer because my ma and pa grabbed me and hustled me out the door.  And when we got home they told me to git in your room and think about what you just said.. . . . . "

 

 

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"Yesterday"      new!

Male or Female. Age Range 8-12. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

A heartbreaking, painful look at the sudden death of a parent.  When you just want to return to the Land of Yesterday.

" . . . . . I want to scream and yell and hit things. I want to run and run until I reach the land of yesterday and he’s still here. (passionately) I want so many things. (look down and then look back up) The movies have it all wrong.  I don’t think the sun will come out tomorrow. (sad, bleak expression)  And I don’t want to be an orphan anymore." 

 

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"Secret Agent Kitten"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Secret Agent Kittens do NOT deserve to die.  Even if they are being sent on a new mission.  Heartbreaking monologue with a happy ending.

A Longer Version, approximately 1.5 - 2 minutes, is also enclosed. 

 

"Noooooooo!  (Sinks to knees, looks down and then look back up pleading desperately) Please, please God no. (Bite lip, steadying voice) Lilly is dead. My perfect, beautiful, wonderful kitten is dead. (Look sadly into the distance) Pastor Jim says that sometimes bad things happen and we won’t ever understand why and we just have to accept them. (Stand up, voice hardening in anger) Accept them?  I don’t want to accept them. Why are they always telling little kids things like that? . . . . . "

 

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"I am Spunky, I am Strong"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A girl decides to spend the night in a "haunted house" to try and get a bully to stop picking on a weird boy.  It might have been a bad idea.  A very bad idea.  

*Actress should speak in a Southern accent.  Written for an audition for Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird"  (The Directors loved this monologue!)

" . . . . I am spunky, I am strong.  I am spunky, I am strong. That's my mantra. My Daddy says ya gotta have a mantra. If not, (shrug shoulders) you'll jist drift along in life. Following all the sheep people; doing stupid things. (look around nervously again)  I'm guessin he might say this was a stupid sheep thing but (spread hands sheepishly) it seemed like a good idea at the time . . . . . . "

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"Imaginary World"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

When you're young, you don't understand.  You don't understand that the magical, imaginary world your brother lives in, full of wonderful characters, is really a home for the mentally challenged. 

 

" .. . . .My older brother doesn’t live with us.  He lives in a home for people who are mentally challenged. But when I was little, I didn’t know that.  he only thing I knew was that he lived in a magical home.  A home filled with people who always wanted to play. . . . . .  But my favorite person was the Professor.  He had an invisible time machine and we would travel everywhere . . . . ."

 

 

 

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"Save a Puppy, Save the World"      new!

Male or Female, Age range 8-12. Approx 1 minute.

Superhero puppies don't die!  This isn't how Superhero stories are supposed to end. 

A Longer version, approximately 1.5-2 minutes, is also included in this purchase. 

" . . . . . . The vet said my parents should just put him to sleep now so he won’t suffer anymore and I should say goodbye. (anger starts to build)  I hate that vet! He kept looking at me with this (make a sad face) sad, sympathetic look on his face and I just wanted to grab him (hands clench in fists at side) and shake him and say DO SOMETHING!!! FIX HIM!!! He’s a Superhero Puppy.  He can’t die. Superhero Puppies don’t die. . . . . . "

 

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"Claire"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

Powerful, physical monologue about a sister trying to say goodbye to her older sister Claire, who has died.  

*Written for a Miracle Worker audition for the role of Helen Keller, this monologue is full of passion and pain.  (PS, the actress got the part!) 

" . . . . . (Hold out photo as anger builds in voice) And it wasn’t funny Claire.  Cancer isn’t funny.   (Drop photo) It killed you Claire and you kept making jokes (stamp on foot on photo) and (hands clench into fists rising up a little as you sink to stage) I wanted to shake you and say (glare at photo from knees)  this isn’t funny.   It’s freaking tragic and (at this point hands are flailing about during the I hate its and at last I hate it actress should be lying flat on the stage) I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.  (next line is said forlornly from stage) And I hate you because you died Claire.  (slowly sit up back on knees) You died and you left me. . . . . . . "

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"Rowdy"      new!

Male or Female. Age Range 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

What happens when you lose your dog, your best friend in the world?

A Longer version, approximately 1.5 minutes, is also included in this purchase.  

 

"I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find him. (sink to knees looking out at audience, tiny sad shake of head) And I don’t know what else to do. (Raise eyes up to sky and say imploringly) Please, someone tell me what to do. (Pause and then say passionately) Rowdy, where are you? (stand, take a breath and compose yourself and in lighter voice say) . . . . Rowdy’s my dog. I got him for Christmas this year. My Mom tried to tell me that Santa brought him, but hello? (Little bit of diva attitude in voice) I’m 10, not 2. He listens to all my secrets and always licks my face when I’m having a bad day. (Pause) And today is the worse day ever. This morning, when I woke up, Rowdy was gone. . . . . . . ."

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"Career Day"      new!

Male. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

The male version of the monologues "Dreams".  It's Career Day at school and there are so many awesome careers to choose between. 

Filled with comedy until the ending where the monologue turns tragic.  Please be aware that this monologue has a DRAMATIC, SHOCKING ENDING.

Career Day

".. . . Some kids are going with traditional choices like lawyer or doctor. (Rolls up sleeves and plunge hands dramatically into patient as you change voice to stuffy and serious) "Yes, this patient has a ticking bomb implanted in his body but I'm the only doctor who can repair his heart and I will do this surgery even though (change voice to a more emo, sensitive tone with a sensitive face) I'm struggling with a sensitive personal problem right now. (change voice back to dramatic, intense voice) Scapel." Another sensitive doctor? I don't think so. . . . . "

 

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"Maybe if I Smile"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A lonely Russian orphan (accent is not necessary) dreams of being adopted by the Americans.  

An Alternative Version, with wishing on a star imagery, is also included in this purchase.

 

" . . . .I’m so hungry. I didn’t have anything to eat today. It’s my fault. I dropped Misha’s breakfast bowl this morning and he was so angry. He hit me and for a moment I couldn’t breathe. I tried to say I’m sorry but he wouldn’t listen.  He just took my bowl and said (talk in a sneering tone as if you were Misha) “You’re too little and stupid for food anyway.”   I’m so hungry.  (Take deep breath as lips quiver and then stand up speaking with determination)  But I won’t cry.  . . "

 

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"Lost Boy: Tales of Neverland"      new!

Male. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

After his Mother dies, a boy joins Peter Pan in Never, Neverland.  

A Longer version, approximately 1.5 - 2 minutes, is also included in this purchase.  

 

" . . . . .I was so sad.  But then Peter Pan came and brought me here.  And now I fight pirates and Indians and play all day.  Now, if I could just figure out how to fly.  Pizza! Swordfights!  Puppies!  (Actor leaps into the air and then sighs exasperated) Nothing.  But I’ll figure it out someday. (Pause as actor looks up into air and softly says)  I’ll never give up Mom. (Look determined and jump in the air as you say) Ice cream!"

 

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"You Understand, Don't You Mary?"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1.5 - 2 minutes.

A lonely, bullied girl confesses her feelings to a doll named Mary.  

" . . . . Don’t cry. Take deep breaths. Do not cry. I am so tired of trying to fit in. (walk over to the doll) I know I shouldn’t have twirled around in the hallway between classes. But I was thinking about The Sound of Music and the part where Maria twirls in a circle (slow twirl) when she’s singing and I just got carried away. (kneel at the chair by the doll) You understand, don’t you Mary? (stand up) . . . .  I’m talking to a doll. But I don’t have anyone else to talk to." 

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"Dear Lucky"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A girl writes a letter to her dog Lucky who has died.    

"Dear Lucky. I’ve been really sad and my Mom says that sometimes it helps to write everything down when you’re upset. I’ve been staring at this paper for a half hour and I have no idea what to say. You died Lucky. Mom says you lived a good life and I should just be happy I knew you. (very sincerely) And I am. I’m really happy. You were my best friend Lucky. I told you all my secrets and you even let me dress you up for a tea party once. (remembering)  You looked so silly.  How did I ever get that dress on you? . . . "

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"Finding the Words"      new!

Male. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

Sometimes you can't think of the right words at the right time.  Powerful monologue focusing on the frustrations of trying to fit in at school.

A Longer version, approximately 2.5- 3 minutes, is also included in this purchase. 

" . . . . I want to say something cool.  I want to join in. But I can’t find the words.  So I just stand there looking like an idiot as they call me weirdo, freak of nature and Mime boy. (incredulous) Mime boy? I’m not acting things out. I just can’t find the words. But the worse part is the laughing. I hate it when they laugh at me. (voice starts rising in anger, fists clench at side) I just want to grab them and shake them and say “Hey, stop laughing at me. Stop it! STOP LAUGHING!!!!!” . . . . . . " 

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"After the Harvest"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A girl worries about her father who is struggling to provide for his family after a potato blight.  A very moving monologue capturing a daughter's love and worries over her father. 

*Set in Ireland, this monologue contains Irish slang.

" . . . . .It’s so quiet. Like the moon itself is holding it’s breath waiting for the Harvest. (look off into the distance) There’s comes my Da. (look saddened) He looks so shattered. I wish he wouldn’t work so hard. I want to tell him he’s more important than the Harvest. (frustrated)  I want to tell him so many things, but when I try my mouth dries up like a massive gob. Maybe he’ll rest a little after the Harvest.  . . . . ."

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"Paint on a Smile"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Saying goodbye to someone at a hospital is never easy. Sometimes you just have to paint on a smile. Intense, emotional monologue filled with heartbreak. 

Longer Version, approximately 1.5 minutes, is also included in this order. 

" . . . . . . . I can’t go to the hospital anymore. (angrily) I can’t smell the sickness and the sadness anymore. (break down) I can’t paint on a smile anymore. I can’t!  I’m sorry Grandpa, I just can’t.  (pause as you regain your composure) Hospitals also smell like goodbyes. And that’s the worse smell of all."

 

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"Opening Night"      new!

Female. Age range: 10-14. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

After auditioning over and over, a girl finally lands a role and faces her first Opening Night.

*Includes alternative version with a quote from "Matilda" 

 

" . . . . . . And every time the answer was “Thank you.” (Say thank you in dead flat  monotone voice) Not even a “We’ll let you know” or a “We’ll give you a call.”  Just a flat, empty thank you. I hate that thank you!  (Change voice to full of wonderment) But then, I finally got a “Thank you.  Thank you very much.”  And I knew!  I just knew!  That wasn’t a you didn’t get the part thank you.  It was a yes! . . . . .? 

 

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"Perfect Jazz Shoes"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-16. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

One pair of jazz shoes is perfect.  One pair is dirty and full of holes.  A young dancer auditions for a dance team.  

*It is not necessary to have any dance skills to perform this monologue.

" . . . . . They’re coming back. This is it. The last member of the competition team is (a slight pause with eyes hopeful). Her. (sigh) Now they’re reading the list of rules. Rehearsal time, new jazz shoes. I wish it were me. (look up shocked) She’s turning the spot down? But why? She beat me. (slowly look down at jazz shoes and then look up) Oh. (I get it expression on face.  Look determined and then wave hand a little as if talking to someone and say) . . . . . . "    

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"I Can't Breathe"      new!

Male or Female, Age range 8-16. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

Powerful, moving monologue of a kid waiting to hear what happened after a baby sister is taken to the hospital.  

Longer Version, approximately 1.5-2 minutes, is also included in this purchase.  

"I can still remember the day my parents told me I was getting a little sister. . . . . . Yesterday Lily got sick.  She has a fever and it keeps getting higher.  Mom and Dad took her to the hospital. They told me they would call when Lily was better. They haven’t called yet. . . . . She has to get better. She has to. Because Lily was the best present my parents ever gave me. . . . . . "

 

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"Proper Young Ladies"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-16. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Proper Young Ladies do not display emotion.  Proper Young Ladies curtsy and smile even if their hearts are breaking. An English accent is helpful to perform this monologue, but is not necessary.

Three versions, 1 minute, 1.5 minutes, and 2.5 minutes, are included in this order.

*Warning:  This monologue includes the death of a parent as the reason the child's heart is breaking*

 

“Good evening Sir.” (Curtsy)  “Thank you sir.” (Curtsy) “How may I help you Ma’am?” (Curtsy and then frustrated, anger beneath the surface)  Oh, I’m so very tired of curtsying and being polite.  Smiling (fake smile) at everyone even though I long to just scream at them to (raise voice and tighten fists)  “GO AWAY!”  But I can’t do that.  Proper young ladies control their feelings.  Proper young ladies curtsy. So, I push my feelings down deep inside of me and just hope no one can tell. . . . . . "

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"Harry Potter's Wand"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 9-12. Total length: Approx 1 minute

Sometimes there really is magic in the air.  A moving monologue that captures the emotions of sacrifices and dreams.  

" . . . I guess everyone has bought their wand. Why is the Teacher calling me over? (listen and then say confusedly) Pick out my wand? I’m not getting one. I don’t have any money. (listen and then have eyes bug out incredulously) It’s paid for. But those wands cost 47 dollars!  What?  How? (big smile of sheer joy) It’s really mine?  Maybe there is magic in the air after all.  I’ll choose (look and point) that one!"  

 

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"Daydream Believer"      new!

Female. Age range 9-13. Total Length: Approx 1.5 minutes

Powerful, heart-breaking monologue as a girl decribes life with her new stepsister.  

*This monologues uses props - including suitcase and clothing* 

"I don’t think my Daddy likes me anymore. Last week he got remarried. I was really happy for him because he’s been a single Dad for a long time. His new wife has a daughter about my age and he kept telling me “You’re getting a new sister. Isn’t it wonderful? You two will be best friends.” (Smiling) I have to admit I did get excited. I kept picturing the day my new sister moved in. We would look at each other and know we would be best friends forever. (smile drops and a deadness enters voice) But it didn’t work out that way......."

 

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"Detention of Awesome"      new!

Male or Female. Age: 10 and up. Time length: Approx 1 minute.

A student is sent to Detention for being disrespectful. Detention with students who steal things and beat other kids up. Yikes!

"But I certainly don’t belong in detention with kids who steal things and beat up other kids. Not that I think any of you do things like that. (listen)  Oh, you did beat someone up? (nervous laugh)  Well there’s nothing wrong with being a little feisty.  (listen again)  And you are here for stealing? (cringe in fear) Please don’t beat me up. . . . . . "

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"Attend the Tale"      new!

Male. Age Range 10 and up. Total Length: Approx. 1 minute.

Based on "Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barbor of Fleet Street".  Toby's friend is heartbroken and angry and he is not going take it anymore.  Dark, passionate and full of intense emotions. 

*Cockney British accent is a plus, though not necessary.  Please be aware that this is a dark monologue that does not have a happy ending. 

"Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd. That’s what Toby’s says. In fact, that’s all he says because he’s off his head. He’s completely balmy. And all because of that  Sweeney Todd. (glare angrily) I hate Sweeney Todd! Toby just wanted a family, someplace warm to sleep. Sweeney took it all. (angrily pacing) The Sweeneys always take it all. (breathing heavily with frustration, suddenly stop pacing and say)  I’m not going to be a Toby. . . ."

 

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"Born To Perform"      new!

Female. Age range: 10-14. Total length: Approx 2-3 minutes.

A girl knows that she was born to perform. If only someone would give her a chance!

A Shorter Version, approximately 1 minute, is also included with this purchase.   

 

"I can’t believe it. I fell? Maybe if I just lie here long enough everyone will think this is part of my monologue.  (Take one hand and caress the stage) he wood is . . . . . .(pause to try to think of something and then stand up in frustration)    Oh who am I kidding?  The monologue that I spent three months perfecting is ruined. I don’t understand.  (passionately)  I was born to perform . . . . . . "

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"Statistics"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 10-14. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Research for a report on homelessness becomes very real and personal when you see a girl you used to know at a homeless shelter.    

" . . . . My Mom said her Dad lost all their money and now they were homeless. (Let anger creep in voice)  How could that happen? 700,000 every night?  This is a stupid statistic! We have to do something. (Determined)  I have to do something. . . . . . "
  
 
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"Never, Neverland"      new!

Male or Female. Age: 10 and up. Time length: Approx 1.5 - 2 minutes.

A dark, disturbing monologue written for a workshop given by the Casting Director of Criminal Minds. (who was impressed with the piece).  A child explains why she had to kill her parents (self-defense) and dreams of Neverland. 

*Can be changed to male by changing one line in final paragraph.

". . . . . Don’t touch me. Can’t you just go away and leave me alone?  (Pause as Actress pulls knees up and clasp them and lay head down on knees swaying a little whispering) “It’s not on any chart, you must find it in your heart. ... .”(Look up)   It’s a song.  About Never, Neverland.. . . . .  But then Daddy lost his job and everything changed. . . . They locked me in my room and wouldn’t let me go to school anymore.  And Mommy said . . . (voice breaking a little) she said they had to make a sacrifice . . . . . . ."

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"Southern Gentlemen Do Read Books"      new!

Male. Age range 10-16. Total length: Approx. 1 minute.

A dramatic look at prejudice in the Old South as a boy realizes he has to start thinking for himself.  Originally written for an audition for "Huckleberry Finn", please be aware this monologue mentions being "whupped".

*Southern accent needed.

" . . . .Tonight I wuz reading a book Aunt Charlotte lent me. (face light up with happiness). “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Mistuh Jules Verne.  (voice is excited)  It was the most wondrous book I ever seen, about a sea monster and a ship trying to ketch it.  I know Southern Gentlemen don’t read books. Papa says it’s (sound like Papa again and say namby pamby very disdainfully)  namby pamby.  I knew I had to be careful, but it was jist so exciting. (Pause & take a step forward)  Papa caught me reading it. . . . . . . . . " 

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"O Mio"      new!

Male or Female. Age range 10-16. Total Length: Approx. 1 minute.

Sometimes music can heal the pain.  Sometimes music can help you soar. 

" . . . . (Look around with apprehension) I better go home. It’s late and my father is going to be angry. (look afraid)  He doesn’t understand.  I asked him once if he would buy me a ticket to see an opera and he flew into a rage . . . .  I know he doesn’t mean to hurt me. (passionately) I wish I could make him understand how wonderful opera makes me feel. But he won’t listen. . . . I’ll just close my eyes and pretend I’m here, soaring into the sky. . . . . ."   

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"The Shep Tour"      new!

Male. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

The death of a homeless man named Shep has a powerful effect on a rich boy working at a homeless shelter.  

" . . . . . My Mother says I’m getting too emotional about this but she doesn’t understand. I met Shep while volunteering at the shelter, earning community service credits for my college applications.  I’ve never met anyone like him before. He said he used to travel all over the country on foot. He saw so many amazing things like the World’s Biggest Ball of Twine. Weird but cool. I wanted to ask him more about the places he’s seen, but when I got here today they told me Shep had died. It was below freezing last night and they think his heart just gave out. (Look down and then look up passionately) My family has plenty of money.  We have more food than we can ever eat and my Mother spends all her time shopping. Why do we get so much and he dies shivering in the street?  . . . . . . ."  

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"My Amazing Disappearing Mom"      new!

Female. Age range 10-16. Total Length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

Moms are not supposed to leave.  In this emotional monologue a girl longs for the Mom who left her behind. 

" . . . . .I’ll never forget the day we put koolaid in our hair and dyed it pink. We looked ridiculous. But we went to the mall and walked around for hours so that everyone could see our pinkalicious hair. . . . . . . . . Then we had the talk. (voice gets sad and heartbroken) . . . . keep flying little bird. Always Keep Flying.” And then she left. I haven’t seen her since that day. . . . . . .   (Very angry) Do you hear me universe? (shout)  MOMS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO LEAVE!!!! . . . . . ."

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"Going Home"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1.5 - 2 minutes.

A young person, suffering from a multiple personality disorder, phases into different personalities, as he/she pleads to go home from a mental hospital.

*Three different versions are included in this order including a Male and Female version and an Older Teen Female Version.

 

" . . . . Please, please let me come home. . . . They told me I had to stay here because I kept forgetting who I was and that sometimes when I do that, I hurt people.  . . .Did I do it again? . . . . . . . . . 

 

 

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"Cosette"      new!

Female. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Cosette from Les Miserables dreams of a better life as she fetches water for the Inn.  

A Longer Version, approximately 2 minutes, is also included in this order.  

 

" . . . “Fetch some more water?  Right away sir.” Last week I had to go out in the middle of the night.  I ran as fast as I could and started back towards the inn when all of a sudden something grabbed my ankle.  (Freeze in terror) I stood there shaking until I heard I heard “Bonjour. I seem to be a bit lost.  And for some reason lying on the ground.”  (roll eyes)  It was ONLY Master Fiarry in his cups again. . . . .     (Determined nod)  I’ll just have to be brave.  I’ll pretend I’m a lady like Miss Eponine on her way to a ball. . . . . . "

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"Flames"      new!

Female. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Passionate, heartbreaking monologue from the soul survivor of a house fire.

*Please read the excerpt and be aware this monologue mentions family deaths. 

"I can’t close my eyes.  Every time I do, I see flames everywhere. (bring both hands clenched in fists to head as say in pleading voice)  Make it stop!  Please make it stop. .   

 . . . . I don’t know how I got outside.  All I remember is seeing the flames roaring and eating my house.  And I couldn’t find my Mommy or Daddy anywhere.  Where were they?  They were supposed to be right behind me.  (yell in despair) Why?  Why weren’t you right behind me?  (take deep shuddering breath) And now I can’t close my eyes. Because of the flames." 

 

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"Are People Hungry?"      new!

Male or Female, Age range 10-16. Approx 1 minute.

Are people in America really hungry?  A dropped piece of pizza leads to a devastating realization. 

" . . . . . And now I can’t stop thinking about it.  Did she save all that change so she could finally buy lunch and then it was ruined? Was she hungry? Are people hungry?  (look at audience pleading and desperate)   Because I didn’t know." 

 

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"Body Language"      new!

Female. Age range 10-16. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

The pain and frustration of being overweight in a size 0 world.  

*This monologue can be performed by any size actress by wearing layered clothing.

"Okay, so I’m not super skinny. I don’t look like a stick. That doesn’t give you the right to call me chubby. Chubby? What kind of word is that anyway  (gesture at self) I’m normal. I’m a normal person who weighs a normal weight. I’m sorry I don’t look like a starving child from a third world country, but I like the way I look.  . . . . " 

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"Just Leave Me Alone"      new!

Male. Age Range 10-16. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

An angry boy begs everyone to just leave him alone. 

A Longer Version, approx. 2 minutes, is also included in this order.  

"(Looks up) No, I don’t want to talk about it.  No, I don’t want anything to drink either.  (Puts head back in hands and then lifts head up again, glaring and frustrated) No, I don’t want to look at a magazine.  (Stands up angrily) Could you just leave me alone until my parents get here?  I just want to be left alone.  (Very sarcastically) THANK YOU.  (Pause a beat as if person is leaving and then slump dejectedly) Not that it will be any better then. . . . . . . . . ."

    

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"A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends"      new!

Female. Age range 10-16. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

What happens when your best friend turns into a bully? What happens when she starts bullying you?

Longer Version, approximately 1.5 minutes, is also included in this purchase.  

"What happened to you?  (imploring voice)  We used to be friends.  Don’t you remember third grade?  Sitting in my tree house, reading Nancy Drew novels and swearing that no matter what we’ll always be best friends forever?  And now look at you.  You’re nothing but a bully.  Running around and doing what you’re so called “friends” tell you to do. . . . . . . . . . I know you can make my life even more miserable. . . . . .   So I’ll do what you want.  . . . . "

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"The Wait"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 10-18. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A young person waits in a room at the airport unable to remember what happened.   Powerful and heartbreaking.

*Please be aware that the death of a parent is referred to in this monologue.  

 

" . . . . .Why am I here? (Stand)  I was on the plane with my Mom sitting next to me. I remember the plane taking off. (pause, puzzled expression & then start to remember. Actress runs back to chair, grabs seat with both hands). The plane. It started to shake. (Chair shakes as she remembers) It was shaking and everyone was screaming. (Looks around frantically)  Mom! Mom, what’s happening? We were hugging each other and I was screaming and then . . . . . . . . "

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"Just Breathe"      new!

Male. Age range 12 and up. Total length: Approx. 1 minute.

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. I want to say I can’t wear my new hoodie anymore Mom, because I had to give it to Seth. And (fists clench at side in frustration) I really want to say the reason I dropped soccer Mom is because Seth told me I had to, after I kicked the winning goal instead of him. (shrug hopelessly)  But I never say those things.  I always say (fake smile again) “Everything is fine.” . . . . .  " 

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"Waking the Darkness"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 12 and up. Total length: Approx 1- 1.5 minutes.

Intense monologue as a frightened young person worries whether a seance has woken up something in the Darkness. 

*This purchase includes both a younger and older version. The older version includes comments on drinking and death.

 

"I’ve locked and barricaded my bedroom door.  I put salt at the window and I’m wearing a charm bracelet I borrowed from my friend Ashley.  It’s supposed to keep you safe from supernatural things. I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I’ve done everything I could think of. (Look around nervously) But what if it’s not over?  I’m so scared. . . . . . "

 

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"One is the Loneliest Word"      new!

Male or Female. Age Range 12 and up. Total Length: Approx. 1.5 minutes.

Sometimes you just want to talk to someone.  

" . . . . . I want to argue with someone about which Harry Potter school is the best or whether we should get pineapple on our pizza. I am so tired of floating around in this sea of words every day that doesn’t mean anything. I tried to tell  my Aunt this and she laughed at me and said “Ah, teenage angst.  Worrying over silly things.  You’ll get over it and laugh about this some day.”  I’ll get over it. (sarcastic)  That was helpful. Or maybe I’ll drown . . . . . . "

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"Hot Pockets"      new!

Male. Age range 12 and up. Total length: Approx. 1 minute.

An older brother explodes in anger when the "cool kids" make fun of his little brother who has Down's Syndrome.  

" . . . . .He was so proud. And then they laughed at him. The kids I thought were so cool laughed at my brother.  (full of anger again and say numbers very deliberately) 8, 9, 10.   (Big cheesy smile, make a gesture on this is my brother) So I said, this is my brother Seth.  He makes the best Hot Pockets in the world but only for cool kids. (drop the cheesy smile and say very deliberately, with suppressed anger) Which you are not.  Now (shout) GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!  (Shrug) At least I counted. . . . . .)  

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"Her Name was Sarah"      new!

Female. Age range: 12-18. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A girl reacts to a classmate's suicide in a monologue filled with anger, passion and heartbreak.  

 

"My friend died yesterday. She stood on a chair, tied a rope around her neck and stepped off the chair and died. Counselors have been talking to us at school all day.  They keep asking everyone to talk about how they feel.  How do I feel?  I feel angry at her for doing something so stupid.  I feel sad that she’s dead and and her Mom won’t stop crying. But mostly, I feel guilty.  This is all my fault. . . . . "

 

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"In the Land of the Crey Crey"      new!

Female. Age range 12-18. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

3 distinct personalities - perky and clueless, wide-eyed and innocent and damaged and angry - are displayed as a girl struggles with her identity and her sanity.  

" . . . . . .(Voice changes to anger and suspicion) You’re staring at me. Stop staring at me. Yes, I have problems. That’s why I’m here in this stupid place stuck here for the rest of my stupid life. (yelling) Which I keep trying to end and no one will let me. (pause and then speak in an menacing, sarcastic tone) Oh no. Did I make you sad? Were you scared? Boo hoo. Better get used to it. This happens a lot in the Land of the Crey Crey."

 

 

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"Sometimes Things Get Broken"      new!

Female. Age range 12-18. Total Length: Approx. 1 minute.

Sometimes things get broken.  Sometimes people get broken. This monologue is filled with pain, anger and character voices during an acting out scene, as a girl is interviewed by a psychiatrist after pushing another girl down.  

" . . . . . . . Why are you just staring at me? Aren’t you supposed to be all fake sympathetic right now to get me to trust you? Because I watch TV. I know how these things work. (stare defiantly a moment and looks away) Look even if you are trying to help me, there’s no cure for me in your pile of papers. I’m broken. And I can’t be fixed. But that’s okay.  Sometimes things get broken.  . . . . . " 

 

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"White Picket Fence"      new!

Male. Age Range: 12-16. Total Length: Approx 1 minute.

A damaged Father keeps moving from town to town.  A teen boy longs for his Father to stop moving, so he can be a normal kid and do normal things.  

"We’re moving. Again. (Build and burst with frustration) And I don’t understand why. I thought we were done. That we were finally normal. That we could finally stay. I had normal once. (Soft, nostalgic smile) My parents had a house in the suburbs. It even had a white picket fence. I loved that fence. I used to pretend to paint it. I think my grand plan at the age of 5 was to become a fence painter. (laugh a little) But when I was 7 years old, my Mom died. And then we started moving . . . . "

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"Everybody has Nightmares"      new!

Male or female. Age range: 12-18. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A teenager attends a therapy session after witnessing a terrifying heart attack during an elevator ride. 

 

" . . . .I don’t know how to do CPR. I  know what you’re supposed to do, so I tried. I held his nose and I breathed into his mouth. I tried to push on his heart. I kept doing it over and over. Breathe! Breathe! Why don’t you breathe? (Stands up, walks a few steps and then sweeps everything off table in anger with his back to the audience.  Breathes and then turns around) It was no use. . . . . "

 

 

 

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"Trans"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 13 and up. Total length: Approx. 2-3 minutes.

A gripping, heart-wrenching monologue of a transgender who was born female but longs to be male.  

"I have this dream.  In it, I open my closet door and instead of stepping into Narnia, I step into another universe.  In this universe nobody is born male or female.   They’re just born. When they get old enough they decide if they want to be a boy or a girl. (eyes dreamy and happy before becoming sad and frustrated)  It’s beautiful and perfect and . . . . . . . it’s just a dream.  In my universe I was born a female.  But I wake up every day feeling like a male.  I’m miserable and I’m terrified and I don’t know what to do. . . . . " 

 



"The Mistake"      new!

Female. Age range 13 and up. Total Length: Approx 2.5 minutes.

A foster kid meets her birth Mother.  Passionate and filled with intense emotions.  

*Two versions of this monologue are included with this purchase.  One is told in real time reacting to the meeting. One is told after the meeting.   

" . . . . . Perhaps we could begin? Begin what? Our slow motion run where we hugged each other? (sarcastically) Pretty sure that wasn’t happening. I opened my mouth to say “Hi Mother. I’ve missed you. I want to know you. Tell me all about you.”  That’s what I wanted to say (angrily) but what came out was “One hour? Okay so tell me why you put me in foster care? You know that’s where I’ve been right? Living with people who were paid to take care of me instead of living with my Mother. People like the woman who only gave us old vegetables to eat and told the socials workers it was part of our healthy diet. But she was a lot better than the woman who kept trying to beat the devil out of us. Lots of fun adventures in foster care. That pretty much covers me. What have you been up to Mother?”  . . . . . . "

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"I Walked Away"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 15 and up. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

Peer Pressure leads to tragic consequences.  

"On my 10th birthday my Dad talked to me about peer pressure.  He said if anyone ever tries to get me to do something that I know I shouldn’t do, just walk away.  So that’s what I did. When Kyle said:  (Change voice & body language to surfer dude) “Dude, I’ve got cigarettes.  Want a puff?”  I walked away. . . . . I was the King of Walking away. Until last night. . . . ." 
 

 

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"Finding My Window"      new!

Female. Age range: 15 and up. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

An audition for a Christmas Talent Competition opens a girl's eyes to some deeper truths.

*Written from a Christian perspective, this monologue includes mention of God and part of a Bible verse.

" . . . . .(anger starts to build, pace a little) This can’t be part of God’s plan! I’m going to file a protest. My song honors God instead of demanding gifts from Santa. Where do I go to . . . . (suddenly stop pacing as realization dawns) Wait. What am I doing?  I’m acting just like Maria in “The Sound of Music”. She wanted to be a nun but God wanted her to marry Captain Von Trappe. The Reverend Mother said “Whenever God closes a door, he opens a window”. (suddenly gets it) I thought God’s plan for me was to sing but He closed the door.  And now I have to find my window. I wonder what it is. . . . . "

 

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"Bright Lights"      new!

Male or female. Age range: 15 and older. Total length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A haunting and powerful monologue that captures the emotional anguish of trying to achieve your acting dreams.

 

"I think I’ve lost me. And I’m not sure what to do. . . . . . I came to New York because I’ve always known I could act. When I walk onto a stage, (look around) it’s like now I’m alive. (Face becomes alive with expression)   Now I’m breathing. The other stuff, where I walk around and eat and sleep, is just killing time until I’m here.    .  . . . . . . I audition and I know I’m good, I know it!  But it’s never me. Why can’t they see me? (Clench hands into fists at side of body) . . . . . ."

 

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"Living in a Hallmark Movie"      new!

Female. Age range: Ability to portray the age of 16. Total Length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A teenager finds out she is adopted on her 16th birthday. 

" .. . . . I just turned 16.  My parents asked me to sit down because they wanted to talk to me.  I was sure they were going to give me a new car for my birthday but first they wanted to give me a little speech about wearing my seat belt, driving the speed limit and no texting when driving. So I put my serious face on and sat down. (slight pause)  And then they told me I was old enough to know that I was adopted. Adopted?  I can’t be adopted.  I’m a cheerleader.  I play right wing on the soccer team. I’m a National Honor Society student. I’m normal. I have a normal, wonderful life. And you suddenly tell me I’m adopted? (shouting) THAT IS NOT NORMAL!. . . . .  "

 
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"Ghost"      new!

Female. Age range 16 and older. Total Length: Approx 1.5 minutes.

A teenager is devastated to find that she is a ghost after a texting while driving accident.  

" . . . . . That was intense. Where am I? I was driving home, I got a text and then nothing. I’m blank. (Look straight forward and then eyes widen in shock) Oh my God did I crash the car? Dad is going to kill me. I’m going to be grounded for weeks.  I guess I should call 911. (Pat pockets) Where’s my cell phone? If it’s in the car it’s probably broken. reat.  A new car and a new cell phone? Dad is going to ground me forever. . . . . "

 

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