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Is this unheard of?

MitfordMitford Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited November 2010 in Musical Theater Major
Hi everyone,

My daughter will be doing her college auditons in January and February. After reading and researching many, many, many plays, she finally (Thank You Lord!) found one that suits her perfectly. It has a great comedic monolouge in it AND a great dramatic monolouge in it as well...by the same character. She ask me what I thought of her doing both and my initial reaction was that I didn't think it would be wise to do both from the SAME play since the judges usually want to discuss the play with you. I didn't want her to appear "lazy" in their eyes, chosing just a single play as opposed to two different ones. However, after I read the play, I have to agree with her that they are EXACTLY what she has been looking for. They fit her age, type, personality, etc....

I searched this forum for guidance as I have done hundreds of times before, but I can find nothing about this. So...my question to you that are so knowledgeable and have already "been there, done that" is, Is it unheard of to do both comedic and dramatic monolouges from the same play/same character?

Thanks in advance for your wisdom and advice!
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Replies to: Is this unheard of?

  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,442 Senior Member
    While I have not heard of a "rule" about this, I would not do it. While one monologue is comedic and the other is dramatic, in both she is playing the same character and she should depict more than one character and from more than one play. I understand that the monologues seem great but there are thousands of plays and it would seem odd that you can only find one play. Use one of these and then find another....that's my advice. Likewise, I would not sing two songs from the same musical by the same character even if one is uptempo and one is a ballad.
  • mtdog71mtdog71 Registered User Posts: 498 Member
    I agree with soovievt, the audition panel is looking for contrasting monologues, not just comedy v. drama, but contrasting characters as well. This will show more scope - which is the reason for asking for two contrasting monologues in the first place. Good luck to you and D, hope all goes well.
  • AlexaMTAlexaMT Registered User Posts: 607 Member
    Definitely agree with the two above. Use the monologue she absolutely loves and is her favorite, and then find another. But definitely keep the other and store it away in case she ever wants to use it again! I would say also make sure her contrasting is from a different playwright, because that shows versatility in portraying writing styles.
  • MitfordMitford Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Thank you guys so much for the great advice. After reading your words and discussing, D agrees with you all that the monologues must be from different plays, I think we just needed to hear it from those of you that are more familar with this process. It's all new to us and I have to tell you that much of what we know, we have learned from this forum. I hate to think of where we would be had it not been for the info gleaned from all of you. We are in an area that doesn't offer a lot of the resources geared for musical theatre training, especially for the high school kid that wants to pursue MT. I can't begin to tell you the looks and comments she/we get when we mention the schools and major she is interested in. You would think she was going to Mars or something. We've started just being more general, not even stating a major, and just telling people that ask that we "are still looking at schools." Most of them would die if they knew we have 2 trips planned for NYC for her to audition. Now that IS unheard of around here! :)
  • kjgckjgc College Rep Posts: 428 Member
    I'm going to step in on this as well. After sitting through over 300 auditions over the past few days I would like to simply say this. Please don't do stand up comedy. Take us on a journey, connect with the piece, be truthful. Funny is good, but stand-up comedy and acting are really different. Try to make sure there is some arc to the piece. BTW... The hot play over the past few days seemed to be "Superior Donuts." Hard to say if that will be true everywhere.
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