Monologues : Drama

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

 


"Moving Day"      new!

Female. Aged 5-8. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

The difficulties of leaving your home and moving away are showcased in this emotional monologue.

Moving Day

 

"We’re moving away. To another city. In another town. About a million miles away from here. My Mom has a new job that makes her really happy and my Dad says he can do his job anywhere.  That’s great for them, but what about me? . . . . "


 

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"Dear Mommy and Daddy"      new!

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

A little girl does not understand why her parents don't want another baby.   

" . . . . .  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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"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.  

A Little Goodbye

 

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. Why are the Angels taking my Mommy away? (bring hand to chest on I want her) I want her. I need her.   . . . . .  Who is going to sew my costume for the school play? (Shake head sadly) Daddy doesn’t know how. . . . . "

 

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"Bedtime"      new!

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

A young child confronts the joys and terrors of bedtime.

"Goodnight!  Don’t forget to leave the light on.  (Turns towards audience and says 
imploringly with big eyes)  I hate night time.  Every night it’s the same thing.  I have scary dreams. They never start scary.  They start wonderful.  I have all kinds of adventures.. . Sometimes I’m a Princess.  Everyone adores me, because I’m so adorable.(cute pose and smile)  And I’m not a mean or snobby princess.  (Stand in arrogant manner and say) “Bow down and kiss my shoes, peasant.”  I’m not like that.  (Change voice back)  I’m a nice princess.  “Ponies for everyone today!”  (Big perky smile)  I like those dreams . . . . . "

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"Beyond the Rainbow"      new!

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

Dorothy dreams of returning 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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"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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"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.  Do you hear me God?

A LONGER VERSION, approximately 1 and 1/2 - 2 minutes is also enclosed.

 

The New Mission

"Noooooooo! (Sinks to knees, looks down and then look back up pleading desperately) . . .  I think she thought she was a secret agent kitten. (Look up with determination in voice) And secret agent kittens do NOT deserve to die. Do you hear me God? . . . .  . . . . . Okay. I mean, I’m still a little mad at you but if this is her new mission, taking care of Kristen, I guess I understand. After all, every secret agent kitten needs a mission . . . . Maybe that’s my new mission. “The Quest for a New Pony”. (Look up) Wish me luck Lilly. (Pause and place hands in front, get big puppy dog eyes, looking sweet and say) Oh Moooom . . . .. . . . "

 

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"Imaginary World"      new!

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

A child visits their older brother who lives in a home for the mentally challenged that is filled with wonderful characters!

Imaginary World

" . . . . . . . When I got older, I found out that they weren’t playing games. The Professor and the Cowboy and the Sea Captain all lived in an imaginary world. A place where they never grew up, like Peter Pan. I miss my brother very much, (Soften voice as you say a little dreamily) but I can always close my eyes and imagine . . . . . . "

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"Claire"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx. 1 & ½ 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?

Rowdy

"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 ½ 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"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 ½ minutes.

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

Maybe

" . . . .(Look around hopelessly) I’ve been here at the orphanage ever so long. And I know it’s better than living out on the street but . . . .(suppressed anger starts to build, eyes welling with tears) I hate it here! So much. I try to fit in and be what they want me to be but the other children are all so much older. I don’t have any friends or anyone to talk to. I have this dream that some day, the Americans will come and pick out my picture and adopt me and take me away from here . . . . .Maybe, if I smile my biggest smile they will like me. Maybe they will pick me. I know it’s silly to keep hoping, but I can’t help it. Maybe my dreams will finally come true. (Look down and then back up and say sadly) Maybe."

 

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"Starlight"      new!

Female. Age range 8-12. Total length Approx 1 and 1/2 minutes.

A slightly more Disneyfied version of "Maybe" that uses wishes on a star to frame the story.

Starlight

 

"“Star light, Star bright, first star I see tonight . . .” (Actress closes eyes for a moment and then in a breathless voice says) Please. (Point up in sky) That’s my star, over there. Every night I make a wish that some day, someone will want me. (Sigh) I’ve been here at the orphanage ever so long. And I know it’s better than living gout in the street but . . . .(suppressed anger starts to build, eyes welling with tears) I hate it here! So much! . . . . "

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"Lost Boy"      new!

Male. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 and ½ minutes.

A Lost Boy talks about life in Neverland.

Lost Boy

" . . . . . . . I didn’t want to live. I felt frozen. But then Peter came and brought me here. And now I fight pirates and Indians and someday I know I’m going to find a talking animal. 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) And Mom, I’ll always stand true."

 

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"Confessions"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-12. Total length: Approx 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

A lonely young girl confesses her feelings to a doll who is her only friend after a heartbreaking moment at school.  

". . . . . Do you remember that time I went to a soccer game? . . . . .  I fell asleep and when I woke up everyone was laughing at me and calling me a loser.  I tried to leave but kids started pushing me and knocking me down.  (Pick up doll and hug it) I was scared.  Then the head cheerleader Marcy told me that I needed more school spirit.  She said I had to show everyone a cheer right this minute.  . . . .  (Pause as you pat Mary’s hair and say in sad, deadened voice) They didn’t like it.  And someone filmed me and put it on Facebook and . . . . . . . ."

 
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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 the hospital?  A haunting moment in a young girl's life.

" . . . . . .  No, I don’t want to go to a hospital. (Pleading) Oh, won’t you please listen.  I was drinking tea and the March Hare told a riddle. . . . . . But then suddenly I was here. (Flinching away as if being grabbed)  Please stop.  You’re hurting me.  Am I dreaming?  Wake up Alice. Please wake up."   

 

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"Mr. Sports"      new!

Male. Age range: 8-14. Total length: Approx 2 and 1/2 minutes.

When your Dad is "Mr. Sports" and your sporting life is filled with disaster, trying to make the team seems impossible.  

A Shorter Version, approx 1.5 minutes, is included with this purchase. 

" . . . . . . .  I have to make this team  . . . . . so far my sporting life has been a disaster. I spent the entire Pee Wee soccer season running up and down the soccer field and never got close enough to kick the ball.  Not even once.  . . . . .  my Dad got sick.  (slightly angry tone) Dads aren’t supposed to get sick.  Especially my Dad who is probably one of the healthiest people on the planet.  I mean he runs a bazillion miles every single day.  How can someone like that get sick? ). . . . . . .For once, in my disastrous sporting life I didn’t mess up.  I caught the ball.  And look, my Dad is smiling.. . . . .  After all, my Dad is Mr. Sports and I’m just like him."    

 
 
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"Jazz Shoes"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-16. Total length: Approx 1 1/2 minutes.

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.

"Pick me!  Please pick me!  (Frustrated sigh)   I can’t stand it!  This is sheer agony. There is only one spot left on the competition dance team. . . . . And it’s between me and (look over to one side with an expression of loathing on it) her. . . . . 

This is it.  The last member of the competition team is (a slight pause with eyes hopeful, mouth slightly open and then shocked expression, shoulders slump and deadened voice).   Her. Okay.  Fine.  Whatever. The list of rules?  You have to come to rehearsal, new jazz shoes, yada, yada, yada.  (bored, disappointed start to leave)   Can I leave now?  (whirl around in shock) Wait, what?  She’s turning the spot down?  But why?  She beat me.  She’s a great dancer.  Why would she turn the spot down after working so hard to make the team?  . . . . . ."

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"Proper Young Ladies"      new!

Female. Age range: 8-16. Total length: Approx 1-1½ minutes.

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 minute & a half and 2 & 1/2 minutes, are included in this order.

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

Proper Young Ladies

“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 smile and lower their eyes. Proper young ladies curtsy... . . . . ."

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"Cartoon Birds"      new!

Female. Age range 9-13. Total Length approximately 2 minutes

Powerful, heart-breaking monologue as a girl describes how she feels after her father remarries a woman with a girl her own age.  

*This monologues uses props - including suitcase and clothing* 

" . . . .This morning Daddy was all excited.  He told me he had signed me up for the science camp I kept talking about.  And to hurry up and start packing.  My new sister isn’t going of course.  Probably aren’t any clothing stores at camp.  So she’s just going to hang out at home this summer with Daddy.  

    (Start to break down & lose composure) Which is cool. (throw piece of clothing you are holding in suitcase.  Pick up another piece and throw it in - no folding - as you say next line) Hanging out. (Pick up last piece of clothing) Probably doing Princessy things. (Start to throw last piece in and then glare at it as you say) Sounds like awesome fun.  (Throw clothing on ground as you break down, kicking suitcase and throwing clothes all over the room. Angrily yelling this line)  I’m sure the new little Princess and my Daddy will have the bestest time and maybe cartoon birds will show up and braid her hair too. Because that’s what happens with Princesses, right?   RIGHT? . . . . . . . . . . . "

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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.  Passionate and angry, this monologue reveals intense emotions.  

" . . . . My report today is on homelessness.  National statistics are staggering. Nearly 700,000 Americans are homeless every night. (look at card)  Statistics show that . . . (throw cards on ground frustrated)   I can’t do this.  I can’t read these statistics because they’re just words. . . . . . . "
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"Shep"      new!

Male. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1 and 1/2 minutes.

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

"Shep died today.  He was really old so everyone is saying (change voice each time when you say the quoted lines and clasp hands to chest)  “He had a good life” and “It was his time” and all the things you’re supposed to say when old people die but that’s not true.  (stand up).   He was homeless and had to come to a soup kitchen just to get something to eat.  And now he’s dead.  How is that a good life?   (shake head with rueful laugh) . . . . . . (look down at ground and kick one foot a little then look up and say passionately)   I just don’t understand.   My family has plenty of money.  There’s always tons of food in the house and my Mom buys clothes ALL THE TIME.  Why do we get so much and he dies shivering in the street?  (kicks chair so that it falls over) It’s just not fair!  (Take a deep breath and regain control) . . . . . . ." 

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"Going Home"      new!

Male or Female. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

A child, suffering from a multiple personality disorder, pleads to go home from the mental hospital.

 

**Both male and female versions are included in this order.  

Going Home

"Please, please let me come home.  They told me that I had to ask you.  To go home that is. (Imploringly)  I really want to go home. . . . . . .Did I do it again?  (Pause a moment as if listening)  I did.  . . . . . I don’t know why I started losing myself.  It just happens.  (Pause and sit and start rocking a little again) When I was little, I used to pretend I was someone else. Especially when Mommy and Daddy started yelling really loud.  (Place hands over ears and then let anger build in voice)  I didn’t like it when they yelled . . . . . ."

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"Cosette"      new!

Female. Age range: 10-16. Total length: Approx. 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Cosette from Les Miserables talks about her life at the Inn before she is rescued.  

A Longer Version, approx. 2-3 minutes, is also included in this order.  

 Crumbling Castles

“Fetch some more water Cosette.”   . . . .(Frustrated, angry voice) Work, work, work.  Is this all my life is?  All it will ever be? (tired sigh) . . . . Last week I had to go out to the well in the middle of the night. . . .   all of a sudden something grabbed my ankle.  I froze in terror. (terrified with wide eyes)  Was it a beast ready to feast on me for dinner?  Or a highwayman who would throw me in a dungeon, never to be seen again?   I couldn’t move.  I stood there shaking until I heard I heard (change voice to sound like Master Fiarry) “Could you kindly direct me to your fine establishment?  I seem to be a bit lost.  (look around confused)  And for some reason lying on the ground.”  (Relax body and roll eyes)  It was ONLY Master Fiarry in his cups again.  But it could have been a wolf! . . . " 

 

 

 

 

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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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"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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"Chubby"      new!

Female. Age range 10-16. Approximately 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Being chubby 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. (unfold arms with emphasis) Chubby?  What kind of word is that anyway? (gesture at self)  I’m normal.  I’m a normal person who weighs a normal weight. (sarcastic tone)   I’m sorry I don’t look like a starving child from a third world country, but I like the way I look  . . Who am I kidding?  I hate the way I look.  . . . . . . . . But inside I’m just as fierce and fabulous as all the skinny size 0 girls out there.  Why can’t anyone see that?  When are they going to look at me and see more than my weight?  (angry attitude, raise voice and step forward)   Hey . . . . . . . "

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"Just Leave Me Alone"      new!

Male. Age Range 10-16. Approx. 45 seconds - 1 minute.

An angry boy begs everyone to just leave him alone.  Full of passion and intensity, this monologue offers intense dramatic moments.  

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. . . . . . . . . .

    And Dad?  He’s even worse.  He’ll sit down beside me and tell me some stupid story about how when he was 13 and had FEELINGS too and I can share all my FEELINGS with him so we can have FEELINGS TOGETHER.(frustrated) Just leave me alone. . . . . . "

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"Bully"      new!

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

A frustrated young girl pleads with her friend to stop bullying her. 

"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.  They use you to do all their dirty work and you let them.  (pause as if listening)  I don’t understand?  Yea, that’s right I don’t!  . . . . . . . "

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"The Wait"      new!

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

A girl waits in a room at the airport unable to remember what happened.  

A Longer Version, approx. 1 1/2 - 2 minutes, is also included in this order.

The Wait

" I am so tired of waiting. Some lady put me in here, said she would be right back and now seems to have disappeared.  (Looks around). I feel like I’ve been waiting in here forever.  Someone please rescue me. (Flops down in chair) . . . .No, no, no, this isn’t happening, no, no . . . . The plane.  I remember.  It started to shake. (Chair shakes as she remembers)   It was shaking and everyone was screaming. . . . . .    I’m not sure where my Mom is but I’m sure she’ll be here soon. It’s such a perfect day.  Nothing can go wrong on a perfect day. (Slowly draws up knees and hugs them, rocking a little.)  I’m just going to sit here and wait. (Pause) Wait for my Mom." 

 

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"Her Name was Sarah"      new!

Female. Age range: 12-18. Total length: Approx 2 ½minutes.

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

Her Name was Sarah

 

"My friend died yesterday. She tied a rope she got out of her garage around her neck. ..  . . . . We’ve been having counselors talk to us at school all day.  (Lean forward in anguish)  They keep asking me to tell them how I feel.  How I feel?  How I feel?  (stand and kick chair across stage) What an idiotic question!  My God.  What don’t I feel? . . . . .After awhile, she stopped calling. . . . . She left me a message on my voice mail.  It wasn’t very long. She just said she missed being my friend. (Pause)   . . . . . . I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive myself. (Pause) I don’t think I ever should. . . . ."

 

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"Never, Neverland"      new!

Male or Female. Age: 10 and up. Time length: Approx: 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

A dark, disturbing monologue written for a workshop given by the Casting Director of Criminal Minds. A child explains why she had to kill her parents (self-defense) and dreams of Neverland. Please be aware that this monologue is only appropriate for certain types of auditions.  

*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. My parents took me to Disney World once.  I really liked the Peter Pan ride.

 
That was a great day.  (Smile, dreamy eyes)  But . . . . .then Daddy lost his job.  (Looking down) And then everything changed.  They started going to these meetings and afterwards they looked at me differently.   Like they were mad at me.  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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"Broken"      new!

Female. Age range 12-18. Total Length: Approx 1 and 1/2 minutes.

A girl is interviewed by a psychiatrist after pushing another girl in this intense, heartbreaking monologue.   

" . . . . . . . . You should write that down.  Poor, emotionally deprived me. (pauses and looks around)  So are we done?   Have you psychoanalyzed me enough for your little report? 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.

(Actress stares a moment and then rubs her head)  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.  (pull knees up and clasp hands around them, speaking in a hopeless voice)  But that’s okay.  Sometimes things get broken."  

 

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"Moving, Again"      new!

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

A passionate, dramatic monologue as a teen reacts to news that his family is moving again.  

"We're moving.  Again.  (Build and burst with frustration)  And I just . . . . I just . . . . I just don't understand why.  Why?  Why are we doing this again?  I thought we were done.  That we were finally normal. .. . . . . . . .Dad, don't make me do this again.  I want to stay. . . . . . ."

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"Therapy"      new!

Male or female. Age range: 12-18. Total length: Approx 2 ½ - 3 minutes.

A teenager attends a therapy session after witnesses a terrifying heart attack. 

 

A Disturbing Experience

"Dr. Anders?   My parents asked me to talk to you about my “disturbing experience”. Frankly, I think it’s a huge waste of money myself because I’m perfectly fine. . . . . .  I don’t know how to do CPR. I mean I’ve seen it on TV. I know what you’re supposed to do. 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! 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) ... . . . . So as you can see, I’m fine. (Pause and bite lip. Deep quivering breath) Really."  

 

 

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"Complicated"      new!

Female. Age 14-18. Total length: Approx 1 minute.

A seemingly light-hearted monologue that takes a serious turn as a carefree high school student starts to question her behavior.

Complicated

" . . . . the Drama Teacher had a mental moment and cast another girl for the lead in the spring musical. I mean I was destined to play Glenda. “Popular” is the story of my life! I was heartbroken. (Look tragic for a moment) And honestly I totally didn’t laugh when her voice cracked on her big solo. It was a cough. Really.

But mostly high school has been a breeze. Simple. Easy. (Pause and look down for a moment) Until last night. When one of the girls in my class tried to commit suicide. And I keep thinking that there must be some completely awful reason why she was so sad because it couldn’t possibly have been the things we were saying at lunch yesterday . . . . . . .Nothing is easy anymore. Nothing. Why does it all have to be so complicated?"

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"Bright Lights"      new!

Male or female. Age range: 15 and older. Total length: Approx 1 ½ minutes.

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

Bright Lights

"I think I’ve lost me. And I’m not sure what to do. (Small pause, look around) Sometimes I walk around the city at night and the lights are dazzling. (Tiny smile) Like fireflies. (Pause, far off look) I used to love fireflies. Tiny, flickering lights - always beckoning, always promising, (reach one hand out) almost in your grasp and then poof. Gone in a twinkle. (Slowly drop hand) . . . . . . . . . . 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) . . . . I was so angry! I started screaming and yelling at them. (Yell) “Listen to me! Me! Why won’t you listen? (Voice starts breaking down) Please, just listen.” . . . . . . . .

 

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"Adopted?"      new!

Female. Age range 16 and older. Approximately 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.

A teenager finds out she is adopted on her 16th birthday.  At times dramatic and moving and at times funny, Adopted? is a powerful monologue.   

" . . . .  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!

And now all I can think of is there are people out there who are my real parents. A mother and father I’ve never met. I can’t stop thinking about it.  Who are they?  What do they look like? Would they like me?  Would they hate me?  Maybe. . . . . .maybe I’m some sort of Princess like that movie “The Princess Diaries”.  Unlikely but it could be.  (widen eyes with worry as face changes)  Or maybe they’re like “Bonnie and Clyde” and are some sort of criminals.  I don’t want to be the child of criminals.  (Look at hands warily)  I don’t feel the urge to steal anything do I?. . . . . . . . "

 

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"Ghost"      new!

Female. Age range 16 and older. Approximately 2 minutes.

Intense, heartbreaking monologue about a teenager who is devastated to find that she is a ghost after a texting while driving accident.   

" . . . . . OH MY GOD, did I crash the car?  Dad is going to kill me.  I’m going to be grounded for weeks. . . . . .   Where are you going?  No, don’t go.  Help me. I’m right here.  DO SOMETHING.  Put me back in my body right now.  Do CPR or whatever it is you do.  I can’t die because of a stupid car accident.  I just bought my dress for the prom.  It’s seriously awesome, black with a tiny bit of red on the straps.  I look amazing in it.  Monnie was going to do my hair. . . . . . (choking back tears and then stamping feet with angry tears and raw voice)   DO SOMETHING. . . . . . "

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"Darkness"      new!

Female. Age range: 16 and older. Total length: Approx 1 ½ minutes.

Dark, intense monologue focusing on the emotions of fear and anger as a teenager tries to comprehend what happened one night.  Please note that monologue does includes comments on drinking alcohol and seances.  

*Younger version without alcohol commentary available upon request.  

 

Darkness

" . . . . .The police doctor said it was alcohol poisoning. I guess. Maybe. We were drinking and Carrie is really skinny. They say it soaks into you faster when you’re thin like that. So I guess it could have happened like that. It’s just........ well, what if it didn’t? Did we call something into that room? . . . . . . I keep trying to remember. But all I can see is darkness. (Collapse, voice breaking, shaking with fear. Grab knees and rock a little terrified) Oh God, I’m scared. I’m so scared. Because I keep thinking, what if the darkness took Carrie? What if it comes back?"

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