Here Are The TYPES Of Audition Monologues To Avoid

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ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVALCOLLEGE AUDITIONSWhile this is no means “everything” you should know about preparing for an audition it is a start.Here are the TYPES of Audition Monologues to Avoid:Monologues Not in the Style of the Show: Your monologue choice speaks to your knowledge ofthe show being cast. If you are not auditioning for a specific show but for a college ( at TheatreFestival) pick a monologue that is more “universal” and not “show/type” specific. Show theCollege Representatives the best you have to offer.Monologues Requiring Accents: You may be able to put on a perfect Scottish accent, and thedirector may ask you after you are finished about possible accents. Normally it’s best to auditionwith your actual voice. Let them see and hear the real you and how you’ll sound if cast in theirshow! NOTE: Accents you are GOOD at could be included on your resume.Monologues That Aren’t Age Appropriate: Chances are, as a teenager you not likely going tobe cast as an old lady or gentleman. Play close to your age and you’ll help the collegerepresentatives see you in potential roles instead of unrealistic ones.Monologues That Are Too Long: Don’t abuse the requested monologue or monologue/songcombo length by pushing the time limit. Practice Practice Practice until your entire auditionpackage fits WITHIN the time limit!Monologues That Are Too Short: The opposite is true, too! You don’t have a whole lot of time inthat audition room, so you’ve got to make every second count. You should not take less than aminute and a half. You’re only doing yourself a disservice by not showing off for as long as they’llallow. AGAIN Practice Practice Practice until your entire audition package fits WITHIN thetime limit!Monologues That Are Really Dialogues: Your favorite scene from your favorite play wouldmake such a perfect monologue but there are other characters in it! Trying to “cut out peopleand piece it together” can create a finished product that sometimes sound awkward and could bemistaken for insecurity/unfamiliarity on your part.Monologues From Monologue Books: This is a definite NO NO! If you can find books like ,“The Best Monologues for Girls” or “The Best Monologues for Boys,” everyone else has probablyfound them too. Be original.Monologues From Movies: You are NOT auditioning for a movie (at least at Theatre Festival).There is a wealth of beautiful dramatic works out here. Show the college representatives that youknow your stuff.

Monologues That Try to Cover Too Many Emotions: If your monologue requires you toscream, laugh, cry, and whisper all in one sixty-second period it’s time to find a newmonologue. Pick a monologue that focuses on one emotion (two at most) and take the time toprove you can play it convincingly.Monologues That Aren’t Really “You”: The most important part of choosing a monologue ischoosing one that represents you, the actor behind the character. Choose a monologue that youcare about, one that means something to you. If you can connect to the monologue on someemotional level the college representatives will see and feel that.Monologues about Suicide. Sadly people do commit suicide. In the context of a show it is worthexploring. But as a monologue, It brings everyone in the room down and it deals with a topicsome people may not want to think about.Monologues about how My life sucks/Teenage angst. No one doubts that being a teenager istough. However, “my life sucks” is not the message you want to give in an audition. Collegerepresentatives want to see you grow beyond the “teenager” to the talent within.Monologues about Sex. The topic of sex and sexual exploits from a high school student to anadult is awkward and can make people uncomfortable. It is probably best to avoid this topic.Monologues about Abortion. It can be too controversial, it can be inappropriate, and it canbecome too dramatic.Monologues that say, “Haha look how funny I am.” You’re trying too hard; just be you. Ifyou’re funny, then a simple comedic monologue will read funny. Don’t push the humor.Monologues using “F % that S&@#, I mean # !%” A monologue is not a contest to see howmany times you can swear in one minute. While it does it happen in adult theatre ,you’re still inhigh school. Use age appropriate language.SOME TIPS AS YOU LOOK FOR A PIECELook for a monologue that does not come from a monologue book or movie (!!!). College Audition monologuesshould be from published plays. NOTE: It is probably a GOOD IDEA to read the entire play thepiece comes from.that is Active as opposed to Passive. Make sure you are talking mostly in the present tense asopposed to talking about what you did yesterday or last year. We want to feel like a fly on thewall witnessing a conversation as opposed to being told it second hand.that doesn’t try to shock the auditor by being offensive, using excessive swear words or beinginappropriately loud or negative.

that has a clear audience. Who are you talking to? Why do you feel the need to tell them this?What do you want from them?that has a clear Super Objective: what do you ultimately want from the person you are talkingto by the end of the monologue?that follows all guidelines, time limits and general requirements for each audition.that is age appropriate!Hint: Think of your monologue as a Verbal Headshot. This piece should be a representation ofwho you are, what you can offer the school for the next four years and some insight into what kindof actor/human you are. Don’t try to impress. The only thing that is really impressive is when ayoung person walks in the room, stays true to themselves, presents a simple but well thought outpackage, and then presents him or herself afterwards with confidence, intelligence, and maturity.THAT is what the College Representatives want to see.This is not always as important for college auditions, but it can serve as a warning and youmay want to bring other songs/monologues. If the song or monologue is perfect for you, it’sprobably OK for a college audition even if it’s on the lists below.OVERDONE, My Name is Alice (I and II) - All MonologuesAgnes of God – All MonologuesBaby with the Bathwater - All MonologuesBeyond Therapy - All MonologuesBlue Window – All MonologuesBoy's Life - All MonologuesBrighton Beach Memoirs - All MonologuesCamelot – Guenivere's Naked MonologueDeath of a Salesman – All Monologues'Dentity Crisis - Peter Pan MonologueDinner With Friends – All MonologuesEnd of the World – Father With Baby at the Window MonologueEquus - All MonologuesThe Fantastiks – All MonologuesFifth of July - All MonologuesThe Food Chain – All MonologuesA Girl's Guide to Chaos - Dating Speech MonologueThe Glass Menagerie – All MonologuesHeidi Chronicles - All MonologuesHouse of Blue Leaves - All MonologuesI Hate Hamlet - All MonologuesIf I Only had a Brain - All MonologuesIt Has to Be You – Opening MonologueJack & Jill – “Nice” MonologueKey Exchange – All Monologues

. Lear – EdmondLakeboat – The Jock Who Wanted to Dance MonologueLaughing Wild - Tuna MonologueLittle Footsteps - All MonologuesLone Star – All MonologuesLong Day's Journey into Night – Any Edmund MonologueLove Minus - If Actors Go to Hell MonologueNuts – All MonologuesOur Town – All MonologuesP.S. Your Cat is Dead - Swimming Audition MonologuePassion Fish – Anal Probe MonologuePicasso at the Lapin Agile – All MonologuesQuilters - Sunbonnet Sue MonologueRaisin in the Sun – All MonologuesRomantic Comedy - Marshmallow MonologueShadow Box – All MonologuesSleeping Beauty – All MonologuesSpike Heels – All MonologuesStar Spangled Girl - All MonologuesSteel Magnolias – All MonologuesSuburbia – Strip MonologueTalking With – All MonologuesWall of Water - Last Cigarette MonologueWit – All MonologuesZoo Story – All MonologuesOVERDONE song from a show that the company you are auditioning for has done recently.You should be wary of anything that is “hot” or currently on Broadway.1776 – “He Plays the Violin”25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee – “I’m Not That Smart”Aida – All SongsAndrew Lloyd Webber songsAnnie – All SongsAvenue Q – “Purpose”Babes in Arms – “Johnny One Note”Bells Are Ringing – “I Met a Girl”Billy Elliot – “Electricity”Candide – “Glitter and be Gay”Carousel – “If I Loved You”Chess – “Anthem”Chicago – “All That Jazz”Cinderella – “My Own Little Corner”A Chorus Line - All SongsChildren of Eden – All SongsCity of Angels – “You Can Always Count on Me”Closer Than Ever – “Miss Byrd”“Embraceable You” by George GershwinThe Fantastiks – All SongsFlower Drum Song – “I Enjoy Being a Girl”Follies – “Broadway Baby”Footloose - All SongsFunny Girl – “Don't Rain on my Parade”Guys & Dolls – All Songs

. – All SongsHairspray – “Good Morning, Baltimore”Hello Dolly – “Ribbons Down My Back”“I Get a Kick Out of You” by Cole PorterJason Robert Brown songsJekyll and Hyde - All SongsKiss Me Kate – “I Hate Men”Les Miserables – All SongsLittle Shop of Horrors - All SongsMy Fair Lady - All SongsThe Mystery of Edwin Drood – All SongsOh, Kay! – “Someone to Watch Over Me”Oklahoma! – All SongsOnce Upon a Mattress – “Shy”Paint Your Wagon – “They Call the Wind Mariah”Pippin – All SongsPorgy and Bess - SummertimeRent - All SongsSeesaw – “Nobody Does it Like Me”She Loves Me – All SongsShow Boat – “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man”Sound of Music – All SongsSouth Pacific – All SongsSpring Awakening – All SongsStephen Sondheim songsSweet Charity – “Big Spender”Thoroughly Modern Millie – All SongsWicked – “Popular”You're a Good Man Charlie Brown – “My New Philosophy”

Seesaw – “Nobody Does it Like Me” 47. She Loves Me – All Songs 48. Show Boat – “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man” 49. Sound of Music – All Songs 50. South Pacific – All Songs 51. Spring Awakening – All Songs 52. Stephen Sondheim songs 53. Sweet Charity – “Big

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