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What a Day! - A Free Monologue for a Young Actress

Updated on August 16, 2016
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I am a high school English teacher who is passionate about writing, theater, directing and enjoying a positive life with family and friends.

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Every year, thousands of young actors are challenged with preparing a monologue for class projects or auditions. Performing a monologue requires more than standing on a stage and reciting lines. Actors must move and gesture. They need to show emotions and facial expression, just like they would if they were interacting in a full cast play. When an actor is onstage alone, however, he or she needs to find that inspiration from within, as they don’t have other actors to play off of. Preparing and performing a monologue is an excellent exercise.

When asking a young actor to prepare a monologue, I often recommend that they choose material that is age appropriate and relevant for them. There are many, many published monologues for young actors. Some are better than others, of course. Here is a monologue that I wrote when I was challenged with depicting a challenging day in the life of a high school student.

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What a Day! - A Student Monologue

It is late at night, around 1:30. A high school student has just fallen into bed after a long day.

“What mom? I’m in bed! God, just let me sleep. I have to get up early tomorrow.”

Why can’t she just leave me alone. Doesn’t she know that I have enough to worry about. Doesn’t she know that this has been a horrible day! Now I’m never going to get to sleep. The stupid alarm is going to go off in about six hours and I will face another horrible day like today. That is if the alarm goes off…

It didn’t go off this morning. I got up late, as usual. I just can’t seem to get out of bed at six. It’s just too early. So I finally rolled out of bed at 6:45 after my mother called me about a hundred times. I tried to hurry and get dressed, but I couldn’t find anything to wear. I’ve worn jeans and a sweater every single day this week. I wanted to mix it up a little, but I couldn’t find my brown boots to go with the fierce pants I got last weekend that look so good with the jacket Ashley lent me. So I had to wear sweats and pretend that I meant to grub it today. I pulled it off pretty well though, I have to admit. I skipped breakfast so that I wouldn’t miss the bus, and I left my biology homework on the kitchen table. Figures it would have to be biology that I left behind. He takes off twenty points a day for late work. It doesn’t matter how good it is. But I couldn’t worry about it. I had to catch the bus. If I was late for school, then I wouldn’t have had the chance to see Jay before homeroom. If I don’t see him then, I don’t see him all day. I made it though. Thank God I made it. Seeing him was the only good part of this day. It went DOWNHILL from there. I totally forgot to do the reading for English, so I flunked the quiz. Social studies was a total bore. I could’ve done my English reading in social studies if I had them the other way around in my schedule. So, after taking a little snooze in social studies, I had to face the music in bio. “Twenty points off! You know the rules,” Mr. I think I’m the greatest scientist in the world said as usual. “I know, I know. Maybe my mom can drop it off by the end of the day, “I pleaded. I knew she couldn’t, because she had an important meeting all day today. Twenty points off it will have to be. Hopefully it won’t kill my average. More of the same throughout the day. By the time ninth period study hall came around, I was overwhelmed with homework once again. Am I ever going to catch up? I tried to get it done, but this kid kept tapping his pens like they were drumsticks on the desk next to me. He just smiled and tapped louder when I asked him to stop. Doesn’t he know that I have to get all of this done, because I have practice after school?

What is a monologue?

A monologue is a dramatic composition written for one actor to perform. It is a solo conversation where the actor is often telling a story or talking to an entity that the audience doesn’t see.

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Are you looking for a free monologue to use for an audition or class project? Feel free to use this one for your performance. Have fun!

Practice. That was tough too. We lost our game last week, so coach has been pushing us extra hard this week. We need it, but still the extra running does not equal extra fun. By the time I got home, dinner was cold. I was too tired to even nuke it, so I just ate it cold. Ashley called to talk about our project for English. Of course my mother had to eavesdrop on the whole conversation, so we couldn’t talk about anything important. She kept asking me how long I was going to talk to Ashley. “Don’t you two see each other all day?” she kept nagging. “Don’t you have homework to do?” “I’m doing homework, mother!” Homework. It was nine when I got off the phone with Ashley, and I still had a ton of it. I finally got it done though. No points off tomorrow. I am never going to fall asleep before the alarm goes off. I hope the alarm goes off.

Written by Donna Hilbrandt.

© 2013 Donna Hilbrandt

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    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, teaches. I hope you enjoyed teaching Shakespeare. He's my favorite!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I just finished teaching Shakespear to students and I only wish I would have caught this post. You are so talented and your students must truly enjoy their lessons.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, MsDora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      God job! Thank you for sharing. Your monologue is interesting!

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      artsandlearning, ladydeonne, and suzettenaples: Thanks so much! I am so glad you liked it :)

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I like this hub so much! Doing a monologue is one the most difficult areas of performance if you ask me. Alone up there on the stage is intimidating. Your written monologue for high school students is great! It is so realistic and brings back so many memories! LOL Any high school student would do well performing your monologue. What a great idea for a hub!

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      Deonne Anderson 

      5 years ago from Florence, SC

      Donna,

      Your monologue is superb! Many a student will certainly use it for a performance or writing assignment. Voted up and shared.

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      Debora Wondercheck 

      5 years ago from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705

      A monologue is definitely more difficult to perform than performing in a full cast play. You certainly are an inspiration to your students. I can see that in your student's work. I am sure many will appreciate you letting them use your work. God bless. Have a good weekend.

    • donnah75 profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awww, thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great tutorial from a woman who obviously knows her stuff. Your students are very lucky to have you, Donna. :)

      bill

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Joe! I actually think that your latest hub about your first kiss could work as a fun monologue. Monologues are all about sharing those deep feelings and emotions. I appreciate the read. I hope you have a great finish to your weekend as well.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I would love to write monologues. Ever since I read Hamlet's soliloquy, I fell in love with the notion of an actor having an entire stage to himself and intimately sharing his or her thoughts with the audience.

      Your monologue is brilliant. I could see the female lead in Juno doing this piece.

      Thank you for offering us readers a hub with meat and potatoes, Donna! Great job!

      Aloha, and have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

      ~Joe

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