Choosing A Monologue:
If you are serious about becoming an actor or actress and being cast in plays, you need to choose and perform the right audition monologue. Choosing the right audition monologue should be like researching for an essay or term paper. The monologue that you choose should give insight into the character’s heart and soul. It should have a beginning, middle and an end. Your audition monologue should be one that stands on its own, one that you do not have to see or read the play to understand. It must be able to show off your acting ability within a very limited amount of time. Do not choose an audition monologue that simply tells a story. Select emotional, present tense and active material that will engage the listeners and make them want to watch. Make sure that you have read and studied the monologue play.
You will find hundreds of plays to choose an audition monologue from in this website. Monologue books can give you an idea of what a monologue should look like. If you find a monologue or character that you like in a monologue book, try not to use it. Read the play that it is from and try to find other monologues that you could use that are more unique.
If a scene is between two people, you can turn it into an audition monologue by eliminating the other characters lines and implying their presence by your actions. You might have to modify the script slightly. If a monologue is too long for the time allowed, it’s ok to shorten it. If you cannot shorten it enough without taking out important material its better to choose another one. Save it for another audition with less time constrains.
Finding the right audition monologue is only half of the process. You might have found a great monologue, but it is only as good as your ability to perform it. This is why it is so important to read the play. You need to know what kind of a person your character is, and what your characters relationship is with the other characters. You need to know what has happened to your character from the beginning of the play till the monologue scene. You need to feel his or her heartache, joy, grief or any other emotions that your monologue is trying to project.
If you're auditioning for a college theatre program, make sure that you follow all the rules. College auditions usually require at least two contrasting monologues. Choose an age appropriate audition monologue from the correct character type or play genre. If there is a time limit, which there usually is, make sure you keep to it. Most college theatre program auditions use timers and when your time is up, they will stop you whether you are finished or not. Make sure you have read the play and understand the character. You will look more professional and committed to your craft if you know the answers to any questions that they may ask.
If you are auditioning for a play at a high school, college or professional theatre choose a monologue that is appropriate for the play you are auditioning for. For instance if the play is a comedy do not pick a dramatic monologue and vice versa. Just like you need to read the play your monologue is from and understand THAT character, you should also read the play you are auditioning for and have a good grip on those characters too.