As soon as your baby giggles at the funny voice you make while reading to her Dr. Seuss, she is being exposed to theater. When your early reader wants to read parts with you in Piggy and Gerald, he is reading dramatically. When your older child is tearing through graphic novels, she is immersing herself in a dramatic world.
Dramatizing stories is inherently fun and natural, and can be beneficial in understanding other subjects (from history to a second language), and it can also improve the skill of reading itself.
Reader’s Theater is a play script that students read aloud together without the goal of a production, but with the purpose of improving reading skills while making it enjoyable. This process can promote fluency, confidence, creativity, empathy, oral expression and connections among peers.
I love writing theater for children and I love hearing about how you fantastic teachers and students use theater in the classroom. So I'm excited to add a new genre of Reader's Theater to my repetoire. Stay tuned as I will keep adding scripts for early readers up through teens. The scripts can still be used for competitions and performances, but will have a special place as Reader's Theater within the classroom.
Check out my new Reader's Theater play--and while we're on the subject of theater and children, you can browse a short monologue written by a 6-year-old child!
What do a box jellyfish, a mako shark, an anglerfish and a tiger shark have in common? They all want to live in the same abandonned shipwreck on the ocean floor—and no one wants to share! Check out The Shipwreck Solution to discover if these four, very different creatures, can find a way to work it out!
This is a 5-7 minute children’s comedic play, also appropriate for Reader’s Theater, for 4 actors (gender neutral)….
If you’re looking for a short play for children, check out this fun and poignant 5-minute comedic play for 2 female actors. While Megan and Kel are waiting for their school bus to arrive, Megan challenges Kel to prove how she received her latest Girl Scouts badge. But revelations soon afford the girls an opportunity to put down their rivalry and consider maybe, just maybe, becoming friends…Read More
Enjoy a new monologue packet, featuring 19 comedic monologues for children extracted from the one-act play, Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen. Monologues range from 30 seconds to 3 minutes, and average approximately 1-2 minutes long. Check out two free sample monologues from this packet, Santa’s Lousy Job and Shepherd Superheroes. About the play: Take a snowy walk through the child-like magic of Christmas, where reindeer talk, Santa is real, and who wants super powers?…Read More
Check out my new free comedic children's monologues below. Three siblings try to convince their mother that a skunk would be the perfect pet. The monologues vary slightly in length, making it a good fit for younger children as well as older children...Read More
Okay, so he's not actually reading here, but at three years old, this is as close as this little guy gets to it. One thing I love about this is how you can hear his dramatic interpretation of the events (and even a slight southern accent for the farmer)...Read More
Check out my new comedic children's monologue below. If you've ever watched someone shove a dozen different flavored jelly beans in their mouth at the same time and cringed--then you can relate to Steven...
A WASTE OF A TOTALLY GOOD JELLY BEANRead More
Check out my new 10-minute play, A Life Spurred into Meaningful Adventure--great for production, festivals, and competitions. It's for 2 young adults, teens or children actors and casts a new light on the whole Goldilocks story...What if Goldilocks and Little Bear were friends? And had been friends for a long time before the famous porridge/chair/bed incident that got her kicked out? What would happen to their friendship when she is kicked out? Would they see each other again? And if so...where would they go? ...Read More
Enjoy this new dramatic monologue, ranging in actor age from 12 to adult.
COVERING MY EARS
Genre: DRAMATIC/CHILDREN/TEEN monologue
Setting: A bathroom
Age Range: 12-70+
Description: Whitney is in a bathroom. She speaks out.
I cover my ears in the shower. I stand there—letting the water drip down my hair, my back. I turn into it. It flows down my face. It’s loud. Not like thunder. It’s…it’s…peaceful. Like…I’m swimming under water, in a lake, it’s dark and the rain is pouring down. It’s loud under water. But it’s quiet. Muffled. Calm. There are no problems under water. There is no yelling. No hurt. No pain. Everything is erased. And no one knows me. What I’ve done. What’s been done to me. I’m nothing under the water. And Nothing is…freeing. To me...Read More
I recently had the pleasure to e-meet the winner of my Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen Monologue Contest, and this is one talented young actor! Ryan Henzi is from Ankeny, Iowa; he's 10 years old and he's been acting for years already! Now you can get to know this budding young actor too, and take a look at his great video performance of "Shepherd Superheroes."...Read More
Check out my most recent e-newsletter, announcing a new one-act Christmas-themed comedy for young actors, Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen. You can also learn about my monologue contest (you could win a monologue written for you!). And find out what my Halloween costume was this year...hint...I wasn't Princess Leia, but...Read More
Here is a new children's monologue for a male actor ages 5-12 years old (but this role can be played by female actors too). It's comedic, under 2 minutes, and themed around Christmas. I have several more Christmas-themed children's monologues that will be available in my next edition of Memorable Monologues for Actors (note that the link is to my current edition--not the new one), which is due out in late 2015 or early 2016.
By Tara Meddaugh
AARON, a boy, 5-12 years old, is playing the part of a shepherd in a Christmas Pageant. It is the night of the performance and he, along with other shepherds, have been playing outside in the mud in their costumes...Read More
So I have always loved to read out loud. Even as a very young child, alone in my bedroom, I'd read anything from chapters in children's novels to sections of American history out loud for my own entertainment...Read More
How would you like to perform a monologue that's brand-spankin'-new to the public? Well, children and teenagers, here's one for you! As always, contact me for request of use. Enjoy!
IPAD FURY By Tara Meddaugh © 2015
JUSTIN, a boy, 7-15 years old, is sitting in the driver’s side of his mom’s Toyota Sienna minivan. The keys are in the ignition, the doors are locked. The window is open about 1 inch. Justin’s mom is standing next to the driver’s side of the car, locked out.
Just because I’m not a teenager yet doesn’t mean I can’t drive a car. You think I won’t do it?Read More