Now it is time to prepare yourself to act. Below are some scripts by D. M. Larson. Read the following scripts and decide which character you can relate to the most:
Only Children Believe in Butterflies http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/only-children-believe-in-butterflies.html
Forever on Hold http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/forever-on-hold-comedy-monologue-for.html
The Barn http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-barn-free-short-monologue-for-male.html
Sunset Princess http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunset-princess-female-solo-monologue.html
Double Rainbow http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/double-rainbow-short-monologue-for-kids.html
The Sunday Gamble http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-sunday-gamble-free-monologue-for.html
Farting is Such Sweet Sorrow http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/01/farting-is-such-sweet-sorrow-short.html
I Hate Buffets http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2014/12/i-hate-buffets-free-dramedy-monologue.html
Tearing Me Apart http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/04/tearing-me-apart-female-monologue-solo.html
Which character in the monologues is most like you?
When you pick a character, ask yourself the following:
What do you like about the character?
What is similar between you and that character?
Do you know someone else who is like the character?
Do you have a personal experience that helps you understand this character?
Think about why the character is the way he/she is. What made them the way they are? Make up a "back story" or history of the character. Where did they come from? What do they like and dislike? How old are they? What do they dress like?
I once heard an actor say they always decide what that character might have for breakfast and that helps them figure the character out.
There are no wrong answers. The important thing is to learn as much as possible about the character before performing the character.
Post in the comments below your answers to the questions above.
You must then respond to another actor in the blog discussion below. Your interactions MUST be positive or you will be disqualified from taking the class and will NOT be considered for a paid position as an online monologue performer for Freedrama.
ACTING TIP FROM STELLA ADLER: "The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."
Post your replies to the above questions in the comments below.
On to Part 5 - http://freedramaplays.blogspot.com/2015/05/selecting-two-contrasting-monologues.html
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