Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Drama I Trimester Performance Final

You will be using all of the formative skills that we've learned in class so far: improvisation, vocal characterization, physical characterization, public solitude, storytelling, chunking, memorizing for your final performanc project. We will draw numbers for these performances. You will perform for the entire class. This assignment is required to pass the course.

OPTION 1—Monologues—two contrasting monologues (one comedy, one drama) that are :90 seconds each. One good fit, one stretch. 3:00 total performance time.

OPTION 2—Scenes—two or three actors (no more than this), balanced scene, comedy or tragedy. 5:30 total performance time.

Some sites for you to consider are:

Colin's Movie Monologue Page at

Sample Monologue from Colin's Movie Monologue Page
Dead Poets Societywritten by Tom Schulman
Mr. Keating: In my class, you will learn to think for yourselves again. You will learn to savor words and languages. No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world. I see that look in Mr Pitts' eyes like 19th century literature has nothing to do with going to business school or medical school, right? Maybe. You may agree and think yes, we should study our Mr. Pritcher and learn our rhyme and meter and go quietly about the business of achieving other ambitions. Well, I have a secret for you. Huddle Up...Huddle UP! We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business these are all noble pursuits necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, and love; these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman "Oh me, Oh life of the question of these recurring. of the endless trains of the faithless of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these? Oh me, Oh life." "Answer...that you are here and life exists....You are here. Life exists, and identity. The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse." The powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

The Monologue Archive at