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everdancing wrote:
Ok so I've hit a stump in my search for monologues. I can find plenty of dramatic monologues from Shakespeare, but I can't seem to find anything that's funny. Can anyone help me?


The comedies you can find on www.online-literature.com under Shakespeare:
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Cymbeline
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale

Finding monologues TAKES TIME. You have to spend a lot of time just reading plays and seeing if there's anything in it for you. And very often you can't use the majority of what you read. But there's really no cheat when it comes to picking monologues, unless you can find someone that is kind enough to tell you exactly what monologue to use and where to find it. And people have helped me out that way, and some day when I know enough, I'll return the favor. But I don't know of any specific monos that would work for you. But skim through these comedies. Maybe start with the lesser known ones, like Troilus and Cressida, Pericles, and Cymbeline.


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Sweet--I didn't know about the online site. Thanks, MaryMag!


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I have no idea where to put this..
but I've found a ton of helpful websites tonight..
all in relation to theatre/acting/music..
and I'd like to share/save them somewhere.

Music Theory/Piano

http://www.musictheory.net/

http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/theory/theory.htm

http://www.pianonanny.com/

Plays:

http://www.stageplays.com/writers.htm

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0823077 ... eader-link

Acting:

http://www.caryn.com/acting/

http://redbirdstudio.com/AWOL/acting2.html

Dance:

www.dance.net

http://www.knowledgehound.com/topics/dance.htm


Singing:

http://www.vocalist.org.uk/



I spent the night looking for stuff to read.. and came up with more than I ever thought possible. God love the internet.

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About a year ago, I found an excellent website from a college where they posted monologues that they suggest for auditions for their school. I wish I could find it. It had so many great monologues: Contemporary and Shakespearean.


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Because of this thread, I really feel like M.net is quickly becoming the ultimate audition resource!!!!!!! :D

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Hey, I just want to thank y'all for all the help you were with the Shakespeare audition! It happened this morning and I think it went well!
Anyway, thanks again! I would have been lost without a lot of your help! :lol: Y'all are amazing!

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I need to learn to dance and I don't have time to take dance classes!

There are DVDs you can buy to learn to dance at home. However they are no replacement for a real live class. I can't even go into why, but there are basic elements of dancing that you can't get out of a DVD. For example, I learned to tap through DVDs and none of em ever told me your heel isn't s'posed to touch the ground! So I mostly suggest these DVDs as a supplement, not as a sole source of education! For me personally, they work well for "cramming" right before a big audition. Had an important Crazy for You callback yesterday and was tapping with Ginger for six hours the night before!

Tap:
I Hate to Exercise I love to Tap:
http://www.amazon.com/I-Hate-Exercise-Love-Tap/dp/B0002HOD8Q/ref=sr_1_2/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1179275258&sr=8-2
I actually purchased this one. GREAT for beginners.

Tap with Ginger (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced):
http://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced-Levels/dp/B0000D8UB2/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1179275317&sr=1-1
Own this one too. Even better than the "I Hate to Exercise..." because it teaches you a ton of useful steps and terms. Definitely not for absolute beginners though.

Tap Dance Made Easy:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IZK7X2/sr/ref=pd_cp_d_2/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&qid=1179275317&sr=1-1&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_r=19CBX04AVG5H32Y5APF3&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=252362301&pf_rd_i=B0000D8UB2

Tap Dancing for Beginners
http://www.amazon.com/Tap-Dancing-Beginners-Henry-Tang/dp/B000MGBTLG/ref=pd_sim_d_4/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&qid=1179275317&sr=1-1

Simply Tap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BKLB7A/sr/ref=pd_cp_d_2/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&qid=1179275317&sr=1-1&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_r=1K6N9ZJ77AVTQ87DPATY&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=252362301&pf_rd_i=B000MGBTLG


Ballet:
Ballet 101 a Beginner's Class
http://www.amazon.com/Ballet-101-Beginners-Class-DVD/dp/B0002XQKOK/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1179275517&sr=1-1
I purchased this as well. Not great. Not horrible, but not great.

Ballet Class for Beginners:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002HOD8G/sr/ref=pd_cp_d_1/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&qid=1179275517&sr=1-1&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_r=0TGFAPSR9Z0HS5E0WXBS&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=252362301&pf_rd_i=B0002XQKOK

New York City Ballet Workout:
http://www.amazon.com/New-York-City-Ballet-Workout/dp/B000056MMR/ref=pd_bxgy_d_text_b/102-0105963-8039328?ie=UTF8&qid=1179275517&sr=1-1
more of an exercise video than actual dance instruction


I'll get to more dance DVDs later.


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When looking for rare scripts or need help getting sheet music. In addition to amazon.com I would suggest two stores based in NYC, that I have found very helpful in the past.

Drama Bookshop
http://www.dramabookshop.com

Colony Music
http://www.colonymusic.com/

Both of them will ship to you! Both stores are willing to do special orders if they can.

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You go to this website: http://lecatr.people.wm.edu/YourResume.html . It's insanely helpful. :D


Mon May 28, 2007 12:53 pm
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How do I find a good monologue?

Jazzygirlsings's thoughts on finding a monologue:
"Actually, I often use monologue books as a reference to get me started...I never use the monologues in those compilations...Instead, I get a sense of the playwrights that seem to write stuff that appeals to me and start by reading the plays that the monologues I like come from...then reading other plays by the same author and often finding better stuff!

It's exhausting work, but I've found it's cheaper than just going out and buying a bunch of random plays that have nothing in them that appeals to me...

Another great book for reference is "The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook". It doesn't even give you the full monologue, rather it explains the play that it comes from, gives a bit of character background and tells the type of monologue it is...it will usually give you the beginning and ending line...just enough to be able to get a sense of the writing style...

And don't get frustrated...Finding a monologue doesn't take HOURS...it takes days, months, or even YEARS...yes...YEARS! LOL!

Hope that helped!"

My own personal thoughts on finding a monologue:
"Finding monologues is harder, I think, than finding audition songs. Simply because there are almost an infinite number of plays! You could read and research plays forever and make a very small dent in all that exists. However you could listen to recordings and look at scores for years and make a considerable dent in what's available, (simply because fewer people put out a recording than put out a script. Even a fairly known musical like Bare never put out an official recording. But there are billions of obscure ass plays in print.)

ANYWAY I digress.

My suggested steps to finding a monologue:
1) Check out a few monologue books from your library or buy some inexpensive ones off amazon.com
2) Find one you like. BUT DON't USE IT. (monologues from monologue books tend to be very overdone.)
3) Write down the name of the playwright who wrote the monologue you like.
4) Find other plays by this author (at your library, cheap on amazon) and read them.
5) Find a monologue in one of those OTHER plays that you like and use that.

What MaryMag does to find monologues:
1) Check out 7 scripts a week from my library.
2) Read them.
3) Return most of them cuz they contain no decent chunks of monologue.
3) Hold onto the scripts that do contain decent chunks of monologue. Photocopy said chunks, record the name of the play and the playwright, and a few other details about the scene.
4) File 'em away in a folder.
5) Whenever an audition comes up that requires a monologue, go through said folder. Very often I go through it and say, "Oh wow! I don't remember putting this in here! This will be great!""

Please refrain from using one of the overdone monologues listed on page one. I don't have the energy to go into why right now. Maybe I will later.


How do I prepare a good monologue?

MaryMag's humble method:
1. Find a good monologue.
2. Read the play.
3. Memorize it without putting any acting into it yet. Just memorize the words. If you try to act it as you memorize it, you'll connect certain emotions/whatever to lines and you'll read it that way EVERY TIME. And sometimes it won't work EVERY TIME. reasoning behind this: You wanna be fresh and in the moment every time you do the monologue, and having some lines set in stone as being said sadly, or excitedly, or dejectedly, or whatever, will not make your monolouge fresh, spontaneous, or truthful. Say it several times as fast as you can. I myself say it in a monotone as fast as possible 15 times in a row. Sometimes I sing the words along to a song on the radio. I want the words to come effortlessly so that I can focus on what's happening on the scene and not on what my next line is.
4. Do a character/scene analysis. I'm not sure if everyone would agree this is necessary, but I do it. At the very least, you should figure out motivations, tactics, and beat changes for the monologue.
5. With your motivations, tactics, and beat changes decided, practice the monologue on its feet A LOT A LOT OF TIMES. Change things up when you rehearse it, for the same reasoning mentioned in #3 - even if something works once, you don't wanna get stuck in a pattern. Don't just try to re-enact what previously worked. It won't be sincere. Do what feels right in the moment.
6. Do the monologue full out for different audiences - friends, acting coaches, or videotape it and watch it yourself.

MaryMag is so sweet that she did a search of MDN of threads about monologues and made a list of some good ones here for you. Read em just in case they may help you:http://musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=52287&start=0http://musicals.net/forums/archive.php/monologue__o_t__t_52458.html
http://musicals.net/forums/archive.php/how-to-cut-a-monologue...__o_t__t_58011.html
http://www.musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=54366
http://musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=55218&start=0
http://musicals.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=59399&start=0


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MM=fav.
Thanks doll, that really helped.


ps, why is the margin of this thread so wide?

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what_the_heck013 wrote:
About a year ago, I found an excellent website from a college where they posted monologues that they suggest for auditions for their school. I wish I could find it. It had so many great monologues: Contemporary and Shakespearean.



oooh! do you have ANY idea what the site may have been? Any more clues that we can use to look for it?

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