Thursday, September 3, 2015

"My Audition Video" funny comedy monologues - both male and female versions - solo stage play scripts

Below are two different versions of a script (one for a male and one for a female).  The monologue is about an actor who is trying to do an audition video but has kids in the background that make it quite challenging. This is based on an audition I received for one of my Freedrama contests.  The performance was actually quite good but I could hear kids in the background.  I was impressed that the performance was so good despite the obvious distractions.  It was pretty cute.

For permission to use this monologue, please email doug@freedrama.net and include the title "My Audition Video" in your request.

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"My Audition Video"

by D. M. Larson

(MALE VERSION)


DAD

Everybody quiet down - daddy is doing his acting job right now and needs it quiet - yes acting is a real job - quiet!  Watch it Sir Stinky Pants - If you ever want to see Drippy the Dragon again then you better zip it.
how about we have a quiet contest? Whichever one of you is quieter the longest gets to pick what game we play when I am done. Yes, i will dress as the black knight or a dragon or whatever you want if You win. And if my little princess wins, what do you want?  A puppy! No I'm not buying a puppy - Here, pretend like the baby is a puppy. That's as good as it gets. I already taught her to bark for you, bought you a chew toy to give her and a leash. Walk her around the living room for me. Okay - thanks kiddo. 


Camera speed, rolling  and action

Hi... This is my video audition for.... The new action movie blockbuster Quadruple Overkill, the 4th installment of your successful Fist of Vengence movie series - I'm a big fan of your work.

(He does a dramatic pose)

My name... is Ridge Steel.

(Aside)

Yes. I know that's not daddy's real name - that's it - go to your room - don't you give me that look.

What's that smell?  Oh baby.
Ridge Steele will be back - after he defuses this bomb...

(Hums some spy type music as he exits)

END OF MALE VERSION
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"My Audition Video"
by D. M. Larson

(FEMALE VERSION)

MOM

Everybody quiet down - mommy is  doing her acting job right now and needs it quiet - yes acting is a real job - quiet!  Watch it Sir Stinky Pants - If you ever want to see Drippy the Dragon again then you better zip it.
how about we have a quiet contest? Whichever one of you is quieter the longest gets to pick what game we play when I am done. Yes, i will dress as the black knight or a dragon or whatever you want if You win. And if my little princess wins, what do you want?  A puppy! No I'm not buying a puppy - Here pretend like the baby is a puppy. That's as good as it gets. I already taught her to bark for you, bought you a chew toy to give her and a leash. Walk her around the living room for me. Okay - thanks kiddo. 

Camera speed, rolling  and action

Hi... This is my video audition for.... The new romantic comedy movie While You Were Flushing - I will be auditioning for role of the female romantic lead of the plumber who is transformed by the love of a man who can see past her masculine job and love her for the woman she really is - 

(She does a sexy pose)

My name... is Misty Waters. (Or ?)

(Aside)

Yes. I know that's not mommy's real name - that's it - go to your room - don't you give me that look.

What's that smell?  Oh baby.
Misty Water will be back - after she takes care of this plumbing accident - see I'm already good with poop.

END OF MONOLOGUE



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Hamlet Improv Games - Funny Shakespeare

Hamlet Improv
Improv Theatre with a Theme

All games relate to the plot of Hamlet
Your theatre group will need 4 actors and a leader to cover PLOT, run games, and get volunteers from audience.
INTRODUCTION (Someone plays a famous person and does charts of Hamlet plot - See "Our Story Begins..." below)

PLOT: Hamlet's father is murdered. The main suspects in the murder are his wife Gertrude and his brother Claudius (Hamlet's uncle) CSI - In the style of the TV show - actors try to solve the murder of Hamlet's father (select three audience members play Claudius, Gertrude, King) Witness (actor #1) - tells version and volunteers from audience act it out Cop (actor #2) - tells version and volunteers act it out Gil and Katherine (actors 3 and 4) - tell their version and volunteers act it out

PLOT: A ghost has been appearing at the castle. Soldiers are waiting for ghost to reappear - ghost is of Hamlet's father and reveals that it was a most unnatural murther. Film and TV styles - Audience calls out movies and tv shows (such as Batman and Robin, Dukes of Hazzard, Harry Potter, Blue's Clues, Dora, Alien vs. Predator, Star Wars) - Actors 1 with audience volunteer are soldiers waiting for something outside castle - a ghost appears (Actor #2) - LEADER CHANGES MOVIE/TV STYLE- ghost leaves when rooster crows - CHANGE IN MOVIE/TV STYLE- Horatio (actor #3) enters - CHANGE IN MOVIE/TV STYLE- ghost appears and goes - CHANGE IN MOVIE/TV STYLE- Hamlet (actor #4) enters and talks to ghost

PLOT: Hamlet decides to use a play to make his Uncle confess to his father's murder. He believes that if the murder is reinacted on stage his Uncle will reveal himself. Possible games - Gibberish (we never found a good game that worked for this so if you figure one out, please email us at pocolocoplayers@yahoo.com)

PLOT: Hamlet goes to his mother because he feels she was part of the plot to kill his father. Polonius, Ophelia's father, is hiding and spying on them. Hamlet tries to make his mother confess but when he becomes violent, Polonius cries for help. Hamlet thinks it is his Uncle who is spying and attacks. Polonius is killed. Stunt Double (Hamlet - Polonius - Hamlet's mother) Three audience volunteers are needed. Hamlet: Actor 1 Hamlet's Stunt Double: Audience Member Gertrude: Audience Member Gertrude's Stunt Double: Actor 2 Polonius: Audience Member Polonius' Stunt Double: Actor 3 HAMLET COMES TO HIS MOTHER Two characters do the scene from Hamlet and when one of the actors is about to get hurt, they call for a stunt double. The stunt double takes the physical punishment, the scene then resumes with the original actor who is unharmed. The stunt doubles for the scene carry previous injuries into subsequent times they enter the scene.

PLOT: Ophelia is so upset that Hamlet has gone crazy and killed her father Polonius that she goes crazy too and drowns herself. Lines from our pockets - At Ophelia's funeral (four actors) Audience Participation: During an intermission or before the show, the audience writes lines of dialogue on pieces of paper. How it works: The two actors do a simple scene, but must pull lines intermittently from the pocket, and incorporate them into the scene. Wackiness ensues.
(use the following if the first CSI game went well) BAKCUP GAME CSI - Crime scene - Ophelia's death Witness - tells version and they act it out Cop - tells version and they act it out Gil and Katherine - tell their version and they act it out

PLOT: Laertes challenges Hamlet to a dual to the death to avenge the deaths of his father Polonius and his sister Ophelia. But Hamlet's uncle has poisoned them both and they are paralyzed. They can talk but they can't move. Poisoned! Battle to the death but can't move - helpers from audience help Hamlet (actor 1) and Laertes (actor 2) fight - introduce more actors into the scene to frustrate audience members - Gertrude (actor 3) and Claudius (actor 4).

PLOT: Due to a lack of Mr. Yuck labels in the castle, everyone seems to fall victim to the poison that Claudius intended for Hamlet alone. Which is kind of symbolic don't you think? Questions only (tournament of champions) - audience yells “Die” Actors vs. Guests - All volunteers from previous games asked to return - must speak in questions - audience person who answers the most times in questions in a row wins Scene: What is rotten in the state of Denmark?

Our story begins… (you may want to start the show with a plot poster - we tried this for one performance but ended up not needing it) Denmark in a smellier time (poster can be in shape of Denmark - act like something on back of poster smells)
Hamlet's father dead
His mother Gertrude marries Hamlet's Uncle Claudius
The ghost of dead King appears at the castle and tells Hamlet that Uncle killed him
Hamlet starts to behave strangely after seeing ghost
Hamlet has some actors do a play that reenacts his father's murder and makes Claudius and Gertrude very uncomfortable.
Hamlet visits his mother in her bedroom in a scene that makes the audience very uncomfortable and kills Polonius who is spying (thinking it is Claudius).
Claudius sends two spies , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to kill Hamlet but they have a contract dispute and receive larger roles in another play.
Ophelia goes nuts after her father Polonius is killed and drowns herself.
Hamlet agrees to a duel with Laertes (Ophelia's brother) and Claudius adds poison to Laertes blade to make sure Hamlet dies.
Claudius also offers Hamlet a poison cup to drink from but Gertrude drinks it instead and dies.
Hamlet stabs Laertes and Laetres stabs Hamlet. Hamlet (taking forever to die) kills Claudius. And Hamlet dies

Other games we tried
Dating Game with Gertrude plus Hamlet, Claudius and Dead Father as the bachelors - failed miserably for us.
Party Quirks - we had strange quests coming to the wedding feast of Gertrude and Claudius - it was funny but it didn't seem to make sense in the overall context of things.

Shakespeare fun improv games funny comedy




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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Practicing emotions as an actor - free acting tips

Here is a fun acting exercise. Try performing monologues with different types of music playing in the background. Find some good soundtrack music (incompetech.com has some great free music) and select a sad song and a happy song. Perform one of the dramedy monologues below and use the music to guide the emotional you portray in your performance. See if the music helps you access deeper emotions.

This is actually a technique early silent film directors would do to help their actors get the right emotions.

A Breaking Heart
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-breaking-heart-by-d-m-larson.html?m=1

Before You Punch Me
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/before-you-punch-me-monologue-for-male.html?m=1

I Hate Buffets
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/i-hate-buffets-free-dramedy-monologue.html?m=1

Sunset Princess
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunset-princess-female-solo-monologue.html?m=1

Ode to Squished
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/ode-to-squished-short-monologue-for.html?m=1

This can be therapeutic too. The great thing about drama and acting is that it allows you to express emotions you normally don't get to show. It's a safe way to explore feelings and express yourself. And an excellent emotional release.

More help for actors at the links below:

Free Online Acting School
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/free-acting-school-for-new-actors-part.html?m=1

Acting Tips
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-10-acting-tips-help-for-new-actors.html?m=1


Developing your character as an actor - Acting tips from Meryl Streep, Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey

Meryl Streep says to always listen to other actors on stage and in scene. Focus on being a team and find ways to respond to other actors.  "It's where you learn everything."

"Performance is like a sailboat," explains Ethan Hawke. Don't over plan your performance. Let it happen. Get caught in the moment. And when you give yourself the freedom the experiment and explore your character then some happy accidents can happen in your performance.

"Tap into your character's obsessions," suggests Matthew McConaughey. Understand your character's motivations and connect to their emotions. You want to bring their soul to life and treat them like they are a real person. Ask yourself how this character exist outside the script? What would this character be like if they were someone you know and lived in your world?

More help for actors at the links below:

Free Online Acting School
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/free-acting-school-for-new-actors-part.html?m=1

Acting Tips
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-10-acting-tips-help-for-new-actors.html?m=1


Acting Advice from Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston and Ben Stiller - Tips for Actors

Don't just talk about acting. Go out and be an actor. Don't worry about the quality of the project. You can learn from any acting experience, good or bad.  And use bad projects as networking opportunities. Go out, meet people, ask questions and make friends in the acting world. Volunteering can lead to work as well. Tom Hanks volunteered on his first project and it turned into a full time acting job.

What is the best way to start as an actor?  "Act - find a place to act." Says Bryan Cranston.  Create your own opportunities and don't wait for a phone call.

Finally "Do it because you love it" says Ben Stiller - and don't let rejection discourage you because there will be a lot of rejection along the way. But if you're doing what you love then you've already succeeded. What could be better than getting up every day and doing something you really enjoy?

More help for actors at the links below:

Free Online Acting School
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/free-acting-school-for-new-actors-part.html?m=1

Acting Tips
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-10-acting-tips-help-for-new-actors.html?m=1


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Help Teens Communicate and Process Feelings with Monologues

When you ask a teenager how they are feeling, sometimes all you get is a shrug or a simple "ok." A great way to start a conversation and help teens process feeling is through monologues.


Have teens read the monologues below and select a character they connect with. Have them talk about how the character feels. This can lead to a discussion on why they understand them. This type of discussion can give insight into how a teen is feeling without directly confronting the teen and making them uncomfortable. It creates a safe environment for a teenager to open up and share how they feel.


The Not So Perfect Child
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-not-soperfect-child-by-d.html


Wishing


The Girl Who Broke His Finger




I Need Detention


Who Wants to Be My Bully?
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/06/who-wants-to-be-my-bully-monologue-for.html

Bug-eyed Creature
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/bug-eyed-creature-monologue-for-teen.html

Sunset Princess
http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunset-princess-female-solo-monologue.html


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"What I Dress Like" monologue for female - free solo stage play script

"What I Dress Like" by D. M. Larson

ANNA MAY

My name's Anna May - no not Anime! Anna... May!  

 I am sick of everyone saying that. And to make things worse I have this boyfriend who loves Anime. That's why he said he liked me at first, because my name reminded him of his favorite thing. Not sure how I feel about that now. At first I just was happy somebody liked me. It's never been easy for me to get to know boys. They always freaked me out. 

 And now I am with a guy who likes to dress me up. I have no clue what he dresses me up as sometimes. I guess it was kind of fun at first. I always liked Halloween. But then I found out some of these costumes were his. He used to wear this... In public... And he's a boy... there ain't no boys back home that dress like this. 

 I'm tired of it - tired of dressing up - tired of being pretending to be someone else - tired of him.

 I just want some guy to like me for who I am - not what I dress like.  I want to be me. Whoever that is.

 END OF MONOLOGUE

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For permission to use this monologue, contact doug@freedrama.net (please include the title "What I Dress Like" in your request).


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