Magnificent Monologues for Kids: The Kids' Monologue Source for Every Occasion!

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Magnificent Monologues for Kids provides 5-12 year-olds with original age-appropriate comedic and dramatic monologues, all 100% kid tested. Chambers Stevens, Los Angeles' premiere kids acting coach, introduces young actors to the joys and how-to's of performing monologues in preparation of auditions and classroom oral language presentations. More than 50 kid-friendly monologues are incorporated. Each monologue is named and subtitled for quick content perusal. A glossary of up-to-date industry terms, index and ...
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Magnificent Monologues for Kids provides 5-12 year-olds with original age-appropriate comedic and dramatic monologues, all 100% kid tested. Chambers Stevens, Los Angeles' premiere kids acting coach, introduces young actors to the joys and how-to's of performing monologues in preparation of auditions and classroom oral language presentations. More than 50 kid-friendly monologues are incorporated. Each monologue is named and subtitled for quick content perusal. A glossary of up-to-date industry terms, index and bibliography of magnificent performances by child actors in film are also included as a study and motivation aid. In the foreword, Steven Woolf, renowned repertory theater director, discusses the role of monologues in the development of today's actor. Monologues in the book are all original, easy to read, easy to understand, require a minimum of props and work in impromptu settings. Perfect for teachers of theater arts and language arts/speech, parents and counselors interested in increasing the self-confidence and self esteem of young people through the performance arts. Great for classroom, variety talent shows, parties, competitions, and ultimately, auditions.

There are many techniques used by parents, teachers and agents of social services to provide young people with tools they can utilize to promote self esteem and build self confidence. None are quite so affective as those which encompass the performing arts. Children are performers, almost by definition. They process their ever-changing, ever-growing world view by "acting out" what they see, hear, absorb. This makes the performing arts ideal for children. They become free to express attitudes, mannerisms and ways of being which they see as defining both themselves, as they are, and themselves, as they wish they could be. Our title, Magnificent Monologues for Kids, affords the curious child the opportunity for self-motivated expression. All the monologues were tested with kids; all absolutely loved performing them. Why? Chamber's unique ability to tap into the mindset of his students and express their world view, their way. These monologues, and the advice offered by Chambers, become pocketpals for avid student thespians. In the end, it's the realism kids hear expressed in his words that they clamor to act out in their own voice, in their own way. These monologues then are not only catalysts for confidence-building experiences, but also agents for building self esteem through the hands-on orientation endemic to the performing arts. As a publisher of quality material for children, we couldn't be more pleased to present this series, Hollywood 101, and its first title, Magnificent Monologues for Kids. Look for The Ultimate Commercial Book for Kids and Teens, too, and see just how much we can say in five short sentences!

A collection of short monologues for boys and girls, dealing with such topics as pets, parents, friends, and school.

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Gr 1-5-The author's stated intent is to present a series of monologues that children can perform, and sound like actual children while doing so. The pieces are divided between those designated for girls (26 entries) and those for boys (25 pieces). In many cases, the gender is not important, and the divisions may only serve to limit young performers' choices. All of the selections are brief, ranging from a half page to a page and a half. Many focus on typical childhood situations-relationships with parents, siblings, and friends-but a few stretch to fairy-tale or alien scenarios. The characters represent a range of personalities, from those in need of a helping hand to others who are selfish and demanding. While references to current TV-show characters, brand names, movies, and toys give a contemporary feel to the pieces, they will also date them. A helpful glossary defines stage terms in simple language and is followed by a list of movies with good performances by children, suggested as study pieces. Libraries needing material for acting classes, clubs, or youngsters who audition for roles may want to include this book in their collection.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883995089
  • Publisher: Sandcastle Publishing CA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Hollywood 101 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 454,234
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Horrible Book!

    If you are looking for a basic monologue that has no real artistic value, and will basically be a piece you can resight, so that the people you are auditioning for know you can memorize; Buy this book. If you are looking for real monologues that will help you show your potential, DON'T buy this book. As someone who has been in theater since I was very young, went to college for theater, I was completely unimpressed with this book for my daughters. There was nothing of value in it. Very disappointing!
    Out of the entire section for girls, there were only 2 monologues that were not for a girl to portray a snotty, brat. They were mean and snotty and not the kind of character that I would ever want my girls to portray. In my opinion the author took 1 formula for a character and just applied it to several different monologues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    This Is The One!

    Inspired, clever writing, this is an awesome resource for young actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    Excellent!!!

    If you only buy one book this is it!! These monologues will help you get ready for any audition. All agents want you to know at least two monologues and this is a great resource. Chambers must work with casting directors all the time because these monologues helped me get a great Hollywood agent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Great book for child actors.

    The monologues are age appropriate and still captivating. I'd recommend this to any kid looking to get into the acting business.

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