If you’re are similar to most stage actors, then it’s perhaps safe to say you’ve done the absurd audition scramble dozens of times already. You have an audition and find out you want an audition piece, so you frantically start exploring the internet and find a handful, but not one that fits you. Well, we’re here to help! We are here to help you choose a monologue exclusively For A Stage Audition. Let’s explore.
What is a Monologue?
Most textbooks would describe a monologue as just another dramatic speech. But the actual definition (for actors attempting an audition) is more precise than that.
For budding actors’ purposes, a monologue is a scene where only one person speaks. Others listen. You have to see the director as a listener and deliver a speech or a scene alone.
Just about any stage audition will demand actors to deliver a monologue. Choosing the right monologue can help determine if they will hire you for the play. Below are some essential tips to remember when selecting your audition monologue.
Choosing a Monologue
- Length: Don’t forget budding actors and actresses, less is more. Many artists fall into the trap of picking a 4-5 minute monologue. This only raises the chances of you losing your audience. I suggest performing a monologue that’s no more than 90 seconds long. If the director needs to hear more, she/he will ask you to do something else. The critical thing to remember is to leave them wanting for more.
- Have various monologues ready: Often, the strict stage director will wish to see something else. This is why it’s essential to have many monologues ready just in case. These should always be of varying genres and styles. For example, you should always have these kinds of monologues prepared before you go to any audition: contemporary comedic, dramatic comedic, classical comedic, classical dramatic.
- Picking a Genre: This seems easy enough, but you would be shocked how many actors choose an improper monologue for the play they’re auditing for! It’s simple to perform a comedic monologue if you’re auditing for a comedy. The same goes if it’s an audition for drama. Also, remember to follow the directions in the audition notice. Many times it will state what kind of monologue should be performed.
- Performing from the stage play: Unless it’s expressly stated, you should not do a monologue from the stage play for which you’re auditioning for. If the director wants to hear you do a piece from the play, she/he will call you back.
- Self-contained: The monologue should have a tangible beginning, middle, and end. It should be self-contained, so the producer and the director know exactly who you’re talking to, the resolution, and the conflict. Think of it as a mini-play. Also, avoid monologues that need a lot of backstories.
Above all else, keep in mind giving an audition is similar to a real stage performance. Try to take the director and producer on a “ride” with you through acting. Make her/him see the character. Allow her/him to experience the conflict. If you do, you’ll have numerous incredible acting opportunities waiting for you.