Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Discover Free Acting Monologues from Freedrama

These monologues are excellent for auditions, workshops, classrooms and competitions. Freedrama gives you a chance to use some new, original, fresh monologues that have not been performed over and over again. By using a monologue that isn’t as familiar, you’ll give the casting director a chance to enjoy the overall audition and focus on you as an individual actor.


Otherwise you might be compared to other actors who have used the same monologue or worse… you’ll pick a monologue that the casting director is sick of hearing or that is being used by another actor at the same audition.  Check out some great, newer monologues including many that are from published plays at http://freedrama.net/small1p.html


TIPS FOR FINDING MONOLOGUES

1. Be sure to find a monologue that is right for your age. For example, don't pick one about a mother, father, wife or husband if you're not old enough to be one.
2. Select a monologue you can relate to. Find one that has an experience you share or an emotional you can connect to. Look for a character you understand or that is similar to yourself.


Find free scripts for actors at http://www.freedrama.net/small1.html and find a category that best fits you.

ACTING TIPS FOR NEW ACTORS

The main mistake I see new actors make when performing monologues is that they pick only one emotion and use it throughout the whole monologue.

One example is with the monologue called Demons - http://www.freedrama.net/demons.html
When I had actors try the Demons monologue, several selected one sad or angry emotion and used it throughout which made it a boring performance. The best performances were the ones who selected different types of emotions for different parts of the script. Even though the whole monologue is sad, there are elements of anger, fear, hurting, desperation, madness and even love. The actors that found different emotions to use in different parts were the most interesting and enjoyable to listen to.

TIPS FOR NEW ACTORS ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT

The short monologues below are a good way to help you work through your stage fright if this is something you struggle with. By practicing short monologues, it can boost your confidence.

Don't feel bad about being nervous. Some very famous people had stage fright: Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Meryl Streep and Sir Laurence Olivier.
Stage fright is a challenge a lot of people have. I've acted many times but I still get nervous right before I go on. But once I start performing I totally forget about the people and focus on my character. Focus only on your character and your story. Become that character. If you become the character, then it is this other person up there and not yourself. If you need to face the audience, don't look at anyone. Pick a point to look at in the back of the room and focus on that. Many performers (including myself) use the nervous energy and put it in their performance.

Singer Stevie Nicks explains how this helps her performance rather than hurts it. "If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?"


For short monologues, go to http://freedrama.net/small1o.html


Freedrama also has free monologues for teen and child actors: http://freedrama.net/small1t.html (teen) and http://freedrama.net/small1k.html (children)



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaching a new generation communication skills

Kids these days!  I just had to say that.  But students of this new generation have different needs from previous generations.  In a world filled with technology, skills such as communication, public speaking and teamwork are needed more than ever since they tend to atrophy around computers and smart phones.  

A great way to teach all these skills from communication to public speaking to teamwork is through drama games.  Drama games (aka improv) encourages students to communicate with each other in joint activities as well as build team skills. Being a good team member and knowing how to express yourself is essential with improv games.  There are simple games that all levels of learners can enjoy and participate in from "Pass the Ball" to the "Shrinking Box."




I'm not anti-technology, I love the internet and it's an excellent educational resource, but there is value in taking a step away from technology, unplugging and doing some drama.  


Find free drama games at http://www.freedrama.net/improv.html


Or if you are a teacher and need professional development credits, then you can take my low cost drama games course from Heritage Online (Antioch University) - http://www.hol.edu/view_course.cfm?cid=2759


"Learn how to use drama techniques to  make everyday classroom lessons come to life. Drama Games give teachers a new educational tool for any subject by using improvisational theatre concepts as an active form of learning.  Improvisational theatre gives students a fun and interactive way to learn English, reading, literature, history, communications, speech and much more.  The activities in this course can be used with all ages of students and in any classroom setting.  Text is approximately $18 on Amazon."




Monday, July 18, 2016

Newest scripts, scenes and popular posts

New Script!

"Snow White and Rose Red"


New Scene!


Popular!

“Cell Phone Zombies” free short comedy stage play or short movie script

"The Waiting Room" play for three actors from Death of an Insurance Salesman

"Strong Enough for Both of Us" monologue about depression - helping and supporting others in a time of need

"Wishing" acting monologue for female, woman, girl, teen actor from published play

Part 1 Free Acting School from Freedrama.net - 2016 Online Help for Actors

"Worrying About the Future" A Comedy by D. M. Larson - free short stage play script for two actors - male or female

Pain Scale funny duologue for two people - stage play script - 2 males or 1 male and 1 female or 2 females

PokyMonster Murders Part 1 free play script for actors

PokyMonster Murders by D. M. Larson
Copyright (c) 2016


Please contact doug@freedrama.net for permission to use the script.


Part 1

(Reporter is downstage speaking toward the audience as players such as Mandy are walking around with their phones in front of them trying to spot PokyMonsters)

REPORTER
Concern has grown over the new PokyMonster app which you see the people playing behind me in the park here. One player stumbled into a dead body near this park while another player, a young player, has gone missing. Parents are urged to talk with your children about this game and make sure they stay safe. Beware of invites from people you don’t know and never go somewhere alone, especially at night.

(Reporter exits and Tom enters with Randy)

TOM
Okay, when you see a PokyMonster, you hit the cage button.

RANDY
I don’t see anything.

TOM
You have to look through your phone.

RANDY
Oh wow… that’s weird.

TOM
See there’s one.  A PokyCho.

MANDY
Those are the easiest to catch. I have a million of those. They’re so stupid. They practically jump into your traps.

TOM
I’m teaching him… he’s new.

MANDY
I’m after something way better than that.

TOM
Yeah, yeah. Excuse us please. PokyCatcher in training here.

RANDY
So how do I catch it?

TOM
Okay, so you get the cage like this… see.

RANDY
Yeah… cage ready.

TOM
Now throw it at him.

RANDY
I’m gonna get you PokyCho!

(RANDY throws the smartphone)

TOM
No! Don’t throw the phone!

RANDY
I don’t get it.  This is weird. Can we go get some pizza instead?

TOM
We’re here because there’s rumors that a rare PokyMonster is being released today.  If we get enough people here with baits then we might attract it.

RANDY
Baits?  Geez, there’s so much to remember.

TOM
Not really… cages, baits, treats and grooming.

MANDY
I have a level 99 bait.  It’s sure to come for that.

RANDY
That looks like a pizza!  I wish I could eat it.  I’m hungry.

MANDY
Sorry… baits are for PokyMonsters only.

RANDY
How do you all do this?  There’s nothing really there.  You all look strange wandering around chasing after ghosts.

MANDY
I caught a ghost PokyMonster yesterday.

TOM
A PokySpook?

MANDY
Yes.

TOM
No way!  I’ve been after it for a week.

MANDY
And I got the only one in the city.

TOM
I’m very jealous.

RANDY
You are all so weird.


PokyMonster Murders Part 2 free acting scene for the stage or video

Part 2 of the Poky Monster Murders by D. M. Larson

Copyright (c) 2016

Please contact doug@freedrama.net for permission to use the script.



PART 2


(HEATHER enters looking upset)

HEATHER
Hey, have you seen this boy?

(HEATHER holds up a picture)

RANDY
No, is he missing?

HEATHER
Yes, he’s my son… he’s been playing this PokyMonster game but he didn’t come back yesterday.  I thought maybe he’d be here with everyone.

RANDY
Let’s ask, Tom. He’s been playing this game a lot.  Tom?  You seen this kid?

TOM
Yeah, I think so.

(MANDY comes and looks)

MANDY
That’s Joey. He comes to the baits all the time.

HEATHER
You know him? When did you last see him?

MANDY
He was playing yesterday… he was after the PokySpook too.  I beat him to it.  He was pretty mad.

HEATHER
Where was he? Did you see where he went?

MANDY
I think he said he was going home. He wanted to be home before dark… but it was pretty late by the time he left. The PokySpook only comes out at night.

HEATHER
I told him not to play after dark. This is terrible.

MANDY
Maybe you shouldn’t let him have his phone at night.

HEATHER
Maybe you should mind your own business.

MANDY
He was pretty young… too young for a phone.

TOM
Lay off Mandy. Can’t you see she is upset?

MANDY
Just trying to help.

TOM
Hopefully Joey will show up here tonight.  Everyone is planning on being here.  This is one of the biggest PokyMonster releases this month.  

MANDY
This is will be quite a battle to see who gets it.

TOM
I’m not letting you this time, Mandy.  Don’t stand near me.  I want a fair fight.

HEATHER
I just want to catch my son… and cage him up.  I can’t believe he’d be out all night after I told him not to. This game is out of control.

RANDY
People get pretty addicted to these things.  I’ve just got an old flip phone. I don’t want a phone that’s smarter than me.

MANDY
That’s not hard.

RANDY
You know what?  You’re a little troll, you know that?

MANDY
I know.

(MANDY laughs and wanders off)

HEATHER
I’m really scared.  What if something happened to him?  I hear about people being so wrapped up in their phones that they walk out into traffic or fall off cliffs.

(TOM is looking through his phone)

TOM
What is that?  I’ve never seen anything like that before.

MANDY
That’s freaky!  I have to catch it.  

TOM
That doesn’t look like any kind of PokyMonster I’ve ever seen.  It’s gone!

MANDY
You lost it… idiot.   Let me see if I can find it again.  Way to go, loser.

TOM
Something was very odd about that.


PokyMonster Murders Part 3 free stage play script for actors

Part 3 of the Poky Monster Murders by D. M. Larson

Copyright (c) 2016

Please contact doug@freedrama.net for permission to use the script.




PART 3
(RANDY goes next to Tom)

RANDY
There… way over there…

TOM
That’s it!

RANDY
That’s creepy… what the heck!

TOM
Gone again.  It’s fast.

MANDY
I’ll get it.

HEATHER
It got really cold all the sudden.

RANDY
Here’s my hoody if you want?

HEATHER
Thanks… can you feel it?  I’m freezing.

RANDY
Yeah.

TOM
It’s behind us.

MANDY
It’s not even registering as a known PokyMonster… no stats… no history… this is awesome!

TOM
I don’t know… something doesn’t feel right.  It’s over there now.  I’ve never seen one this fast.

MANDY
It dodged my cage!

TOM
My cage can’t even get a fix on it.

HEATHER
Something’s wrong.  

RANDY
Why is it so cold?

MANDY
I got you!

(Blackout. Screams. Lights again. MANDY is gone)

HEATHER
What happened?

RANDY
It was a blackout.

HEATHER
Even the moon?

TOM
Where’s Mandy?  Mandy?!

RANDY
What’s going on here?

TOM
I don’t know.

HEATHER
We have to get out of here.

TOM
It’s back.

RANDY
Just turn off your phone Tom… let’s go.

TOM
It won’t turn off.

HEATHER
I can feel it getting closer.

RANDY
Come on, Tom.

TOM
I’m going to catch it.

RANDY
No… something’s not right.

HEATHER
Please… stay away!

(RANDY to HEATHER)

RANDY
Get behind me.

TOM
I’ll stun it…

(There is a strange sound from Tom’s phone))

RANDY
What was that?

HEATHER
It sounds like it screamed.  

RANDY
Don’t make it mad, Tom.

TOM
Too late.

RANDY
We’re going… just throw away your phone… it’s not worth it.

(RANDY grabs TOM’s phone and throws it)

TOM
Don’t do that!  You know what that cost me?

(TOM runs after phone)

RANDY
Tom!  No!

(Darkness. Heather screams.  Light back up and Tom is gone)

GO TO PART 4