Monologue Book for All Ages...With Pointers!

Author(s): Keely Knudsen

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2023

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"All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
-As You Like It, Act II, scene vii

Explore the "seven ages of man" through age-appropriate monologues, with pointers for emphasis and character discovery throughout.

This "How-To" book for all ages is a collection of monologues, complete with a one-of-a-kind downloadable app to help with memorization of each piece. Readers of this edition will have the ability to upload, through the accompanying web site, performed monologues from the book for feedback from the author.

Compiled by theatre director Keely Baisden Knudsen, each monologue is carefully chosen to convey emotional qualities for effective auditions for particular ages, from age 4 to the most mature actors. Complete with information on general business navigation and available resources, the chapters are broken into age groups, reminiscent of Shakespeare's seven ages of man.

A professional actress, director, and educator at half a dozen universities for over 25 years, Keely Baisden Knudsen has a keen eye towards appropriate material as actors age and develop in the business. In addition to providing the ever-important audition monologue, she provides "Pointers!" - helpful prompts as to how to best emphasize certain lines, including emotional colors to consider in portraying the role. 

Monologues for all Ages...with Pointers! is a helpful tool for any aspiring or well-established performer and will grow with you "throughout the ages"! 

INTRODUCTION 

CHAPTER 1 Know Thyself 

CHAPTER 2 General Tips and Pointers 

CHAPTER 3 At first the school boy …
Monologues for Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School Ages 
Peter and Wendy 
Joan Joyce 
Little Gavroche 
When Emery Goes to the Moon 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Alice in Wonderland 
Henry V 
A Little Princess 
Anne of Green Gables 
Grancy’s Treasure 
Madeline 

CHAPTER 4 And then the lover…
Monologues for High School Ages
Romeo and Juliet 
Pride and Prejudice 
Dibdoo and the Clan 
Bicycle Town 
The Break Up 
The Comedy of Errors 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Puck 
Romeo and Juliet: Romeo 
Mishaps 
In the Clouds 
Fragile Territory 
The Reign of Benji 

CHAPTER 5 And then a soldier…
Monologues for Young Adults 
Autumnal Roses 
Friends in All Places 
The Big Scene 
Frankenstein 
Miss. Julie 
The Picture of Dorian Gray 
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth (“He hath almost supped”) 
Eve’s Diary 
Consequences 
Tales of the Crick 
Hamlet: Ophelia 
Morningside 
A Faire to Remember 
And the Kitchen Sink 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Hermia 
Out of the Mouths 
The Flying Greats 

CHAPTER 6 And then the justice…
Monologues for Middle Age 
The Three Sisters 
The War of the Worlds 
Wuthering Heights 
Titus Andronicus 
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth (“Out damned spot”) 
Carusoe Caring 
The Petunia in Wynter 
Keep the Strike 
Midlane in Midlife 
A Spinning Top 
Unrequited Dreams 
The Taming of the Shrew 
Allegiance to Self 

CHAPTER 7 Lean and slippered…
Monologues for the Golden Years 
The Father 
Hamlet: Ghost 
The Mentor 
Antigone 
Eyes of the Noble 
From the Barrel 
Poverty is No Crime 
Pygmalion 
Casina 
The Fourteenth of July 
Hecuba 
The Romantic Young Lady 
A Protégée of the Mistress 
The Viranda 
New World Order 

GLOSSARY

Keely Knudsen

Keely Baisden Knudsen has performed internationally in plays, musicals, operas, and dance companies and has choreographed and directed hundreds of events and theatrical productions. She is a composer/lyricist often engrossed in the undertaking of  new plays and musicals. Her authorship includes book and lyrics on  Ladies M, Joan Joyce: the Musical! (co-author), and adaptations with original music for A Christmas Carol: a holiday tradition, Peter and Wendy, and The Tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Kendall-Hunt has published two editions of her text Monologue Book for All Ages... with Pointers! She graduated first in her class with a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and receiving a Masters in Drama on full scholarship from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Legacy Theatre, (www.LegacyTheatreCT.org) which produces professional runs of shows per season, with classes and one-off productions throughout the year.  Her production company, Rewls Productions, actively seeks works to produce in theaters in NYC and beyond. For more information on Joan Joyce: the Musical, email Info@LegacyTheatreCT.org

"All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages."
-As You Like It, Act II, scene vii

Explore the "seven ages of man" through age-appropriate monologues, with pointers for emphasis and character discovery throughout.

This "How-To" book for all ages is a collection of monologues, complete with a one-of-a-kind downloadable app to help with memorization of each piece. Readers of this edition will have the ability to upload, through the accompanying web site, performed monologues from the book for feedback from the author.

Compiled by theatre director Keely Baisden Knudsen, each monologue is carefully chosen to convey emotional qualities for effective auditions for particular ages, from age 4 to the most mature actors. Complete with information on general business navigation and available resources, the chapters are broken into age groups, reminiscent of Shakespeare's seven ages of man.

A professional actress, director, and educator at half a dozen universities for over 25 years, Keely Baisden Knudsen has a keen eye towards appropriate material as actors age and develop in the business. In addition to providing the ever-important audition monologue, she provides "Pointers!" - helpful prompts as to how to best emphasize certain lines, including emotional colors to consider in portraying the role. 

Monologues for all Ages...with Pointers! is a helpful tool for any aspiring or well-established performer and will grow with you "throughout the ages"! 

INTRODUCTION 

CHAPTER 1 Know Thyself 

CHAPTER 2 General Tips and Pointers 

CHAPTER 3 At first the school boy …
Monologues for Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle School Ages 
Peter and Wendy 
Joan Joyce 
Little Gavroche 
When Emery Goes to the Moon 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Alice in Wonderland 
Henry V 
A Little Princess 
Anne of Green Gables 
Grancy’s Treasure 
Madeline 

CHAPTER 4 And then the lover…
Monologues for High School Ages
Romeo and Juliet 
Pride and Prejudice 
Dibdoo and the Clan 
Bicycle Town 
The Break Up 
The Comedy of Errors 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Puck 
Romeo and Juliet: Romeo 
Mishaps 
In the Clouds 
Fragile Territory 
The Reign of Benji 

CHAPTER 5 And then a soldier…
Monologues for Young Adults 
Autumnal Roses 
Friends in All Places 
The Big Scene 
Frankenstein 
Miss. Julie 
The Picture of Dorian Gray 
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth (“He hath almost supped”) 
Eve’s Diary 
Consequences 
Tales of the Crick 
Hamlet: Ophelia 
Morningside 
A Faire to Remember 
And the Kitchen Sink 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Hermia 
Out of the Mouths 
The Flying Greats 

CHAPTER 6 And then the justice…
Monologues for Middle Age 
The Three Sisters 
The War of the Worlds 
Wuthering Heights 
Titus Andronicus 
Macbeth: Lady Macbeth (“Out damned spot”) 
Carusoe Caring 
The Petunia in Wynter 
Keep the Strike 
Midlane in Midlife 
A Spinning Top 
Unrequited Dreams 
The Taming of the Shrew 
Allegiance to Self 

CHAPTER 7 Lean and slippered…
Monologues for the Golden Years 
The Father 
Hamlet: Ghost 
The Mentor 
Antigone 
Eyes of the Noble 
From the Barrel 
Poverty is No Crime 
Pygmalion 
Casina 
The Fourteenth of July 
Hecuba 
The Romantic Young Lady 
A Protégée of the Mistress 
The Viranda 
New World Order 

GLOSSARY

Keely Knudsen

Keely Baisden Knudsen has performed internationally in plays, musicals, operas, and dance companies and has choreographed and directed hundreds of events and theatrical productions. She is a composer/lyricist often engrossed in the undertaking of  new plays and musicals. Her authorship includes book and lyrics on  Ladies M, Joan Joyce: the Musical! (co-author), and adaptations with original music for A Christmas Carol: a holiday tradition, Peter and Wendy, and The Tales of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Kendall-Hunt has published two editions of her text Monologue Book for All Ages... with Pointers! She graduated first in her class with a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and receiving a Masters in Drama on full scholarship from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Legacy Theatre, (www.LegacyTheatreCT.org) which produces professional runs of shows per season, with classes and one-off productions throughout the year.  Her production company, Rewls Productions, actively seeks works to produce in theaters in NYC and beyond. For more information on Joan Joyce: the Musical, email Info@LegacyTheatreCT.org