10 Great Monologues For Young Actors

Friday, July 22 by Amanda Ferguson

The 10 great monologues for young actors are all about showcasing emotions. Being an actor has a lot of responsibility; one bad one can ruin the whole bunch. What's even more interesting is that casting is an ever-so-crucial part in production. A great monologue will help with that part!

  1. "A Walk Down The Street" by Balm in "Gilead." This monologue is perfect for a young male actor. It comes from a character named Fick who is a long time heroine addict who has just been jumped by a group of guys. This monologue portrays a lot of dark emotions and gives an actor the ability to reach into themselves to bring out a traumatized drug addict.
  2. "Changes" from "Our Town." The character monologue is a young woman named Emily. She is pretty upset with a man she's been in love with. She has to scold him in an attempt to change his ways.
  3. "Dance 10, Looks 3" from "A Chorus Line." This quippy monologue comes from a young woman named Val. She tells the story of trying to make it as a Rockette, then later trying to make it as a Broadway actress. This monologue is full of humor and salty sayings.
  4. "Faw-werk" from "Foreigner." This monologue is great for young actors. It shows frustration and hope with teaching foreigners English. Its short and will nail you an audition.
  5. "I Can't Bear It" from "Our Town." This dramatic monologue shows an array of emotions. Young Emily has just died in childbirth and is given a chance to go back to a time she would like to visit. She goes through all the trials of denial, angers, sadness, and realization.
  6. "I Cannot Love A Weak Man" from "Pattern for the Floating Lady." When a relationship ends during a drama it is usually filled with self realization. The character named Angie is strong and the magician she loves, is not. She is stern with monologue and it makes for an amazing monologue for young actors.
  7. "I Could Be The Headliner" from "Chicago." Roxie Hart always dreamt of being a star. This monologue comes before she gets her big break. It eludes to the danger of desire.
  8. "I Don't Mind" from "Little Shop of Horrors." This monologue shows the beauty in subtlety. Seymour is telling the love of his life that, although, his boss is tough on him, he is still grateful. He is timid and shy and thus the actor must practice the art of holding back.
  9. "Bind Our Loves Up In A Holy Band" from "Much Ado About Nothing." Shakespearean monologues are often overdone. However, this monologue has been forgotten somewhat. Sweet Beatrice decides the love a man that she never thought she could.
  10. "Don't Let Me Be Normal" from "Fantasticks." Sweet, young Luisa lives a life of fantasy. She dreams and fantasizes about things that are completely out of this realm. And she knows it.