How to Prepare for Your Audition:  Monologues

All ZCSTC auditions require potential actors to prepare a memorized monologue, or solo acting scene.  This is the primary form of audition for the fall play, and combined with the singing audition for the spring musical.

So, you may be new to this whole thing and be asking youself, "How do I do that??"   Well, this page will help (as will asking other peers that have auditioned before!)

First, watch this overview video that gives instructions and an example of the BEGINNING of a monologue from a 2014 senior and veteran of four years of ZCSTC, Alice Hiemstra.  (The instructions are also written at the bottom of this page for reference)

Next, here are four other examples of monologues from the auditions for Willy Wonka, spring 2014.  Unlike the above, these are the ENTIRE MONOLOGUE.  They vary in type and style, but also follow the instructions. 

C. Simmons

M. Dunbar

I. Alexander

S. Bos

1. Find a monologue in Mrs. Brant’s monologue library or online.

i. Monologues will be longer than 45 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes in length. Monologues must be classroom appropriate, be solo, and include a brief introduction of your name, the title of the scene, the character you are playing and a short set up of events preceding the scene.

2. Work on memorizing it. Plan some movement. Place it in a setting that you can recreate using some simple things like chairs and a table. Pantomime the rest of setting.

3. Make sure you are eligible before auditions...you must be passing classes.

4. Turn in your audition form on time. It includes the parent permission form (signed) and a copy of your monologue.

5. Be in the auditorium at 3:00 p.m. on Audition Day if you are auditioning. Bring your script.

6. Audition day: After a brief introduction, you will give your monologue, and it will be evaluated by the directors.

When called you: 

-- Set up the scene with basic furniture. You bring any needed props. 

--Plant your feet downstage center. Give an introduction that includes your name, grabs our attention into your scene, gives the title and the character you are playing. Do this with confidence. 

--Turn around backward and get your head into the scene. When you turn front again, the scene begins. 

--Act your entire scene with lots of character—and stay in that character. Be loud.  Stay in it, even if there is a mistake.  We might not even notice.  Stay open, stay dynamic and in character, and stay in the scene.

--You will be required to have a prompter—a person of your choice that has a copy of your monologue and gives you the next three words if you hit a snag. This should get you back on track again. One or two of those do not greatly affect your audition if you stay in character. 

--Pause at the end of your scene and say “scene” and confidently return to your seat. Do not comment on the way up or back on its quality--let the audience make its own decisions.

-- Be a good audience member—that is part of your audition too.

7. Callbacks day: Only those people listed on the Callbacks List on Mrs. Brant’s doors before school need attend on this day. Inclusion on the callbacks list is not an indicator of casting status. If you are on the callbacks list, please come after school with your script to the PAC.

8. After Callbacks: Directors will meet to complete casting decisions based upon audition. We will not discuss audition results with anyone else until casting letters are completed and accepted. So, don’t ask.

9. By the end that week: (TBD) Casting letters distributed. Please read the entire letter and respond by the deadline. At that point, you may either accept the role offered you, or reject it. You need to respond to Mrs. Brant personally with your decision ON PAPER. No one else on cast will know of your decision unless you tell them yourself. After all responses are received, the cast and crew list will be posted on Mrs. Brant’s door. The letter is not to be discussed until after that point, and it will contain information on the first rehearsal dates.