→ I believe all people should know how to use there, their, and they’re correctly.
→ I believe that smoking is bad.
→ I believe that manners never go out of style.
Greetings North High students! And to the rest of you: welcome to our This I Believe Monologue project whereby students will write a 3 – 5 minute monologue about something that illustrates their credo for life. The monologue must be backed up with a true, personal story. Because it’s a high school theatre class, students will perform their work with a group of 4 other other students. Think cool performance art piece with lights, movement and sound.
Now, I started this post with some incredibly valid beliefs…to me. Other people might go, yeah, hey thanks for the opinion, and then move on. When narrowing down the topic for your “This I Believe” monologue, you must remember that you will be performing your belief in front of God and everyone [perhaps in front of your current crush, or the principal and admin whom I will be inviting].
Here are some things to consider while narrowing down your topic:
- Yes, we know it’s all about you and how you feel about XYZ topic, but you must consider your audience.
- Make your selection about something you can tell a dynamite story. Boring story = boring monologue = bored audience members.
- Make your topic be about something most people have some understanding or experience. Topics about friendship and family are universal. Topics about loving tarantulas, maybe not so much.
- If your topic isn’t a universal one, like the one about loving tarantulas, be sure to have a terrific story to both back up your belief and woo your audience.
- Some stories are way too personal to reveal onstage. We don’t want you or your audience to have to undergo years of therapy after performing/watching your monologue. If you wouldn’t want it up on your facebook page, it probably shouldn’t be up on our stage.
- If your story still makes you cry, select another one to back up your belief, or switch belief statements. Watching a kid break down in tears on stage is not the intent of the project. Again, be mindful of your audience.
- You are not persuading people to take action with your belief monologue. While theatre is a fantastic medium to seek social change, this monologue unit isn’t the place for it.
What topic are you considering for your monologue? Weigh in below!
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