Follow the following rubric and instructions
- Prepare two 60 second monologues. The monologues should be age appropriate, must be memorized and from a produced play. You will be cut off at 3 minutes from start of the first monologue.
- Be prepared to receive direction. The assessor will give direction to the actor for each of their monologues to alter their performance of each monologue. The student will perform a section of both monologues again taking in the direction.
- Student will participate in group improvisation as part of the assessment. If you wear a skirt or dress, please wear shorts underneath so that your movement is not limited.
- Be aware to implement these improvisation rules:
1) Yes And! – While performing an improvisation it is important that each actor in the scene say “yes” to each other’s ideas. This doesn’t mean that the character has to say “yes,” but rather, the actor has to say “yes.”
Actor 1 starts improvisation as a child screaming.
“Mom, the new playstation 5000!! I want it!!”
Actor 2 (now mom and saying yes to that situation)
“No honey, it is far too expensive, plus it will rot your mind out.”
Even though actor 2’s character literally said no, the actor said yes to the situation and added onto the scene while building conflict.
REMEMBER it is not enough to say “yes” to a situation. You must “and.” You must be sure to add on to the scene and keep building the circumstances.
Actor 1 “I can’t believe cats are falling from the sky”
Actor 2 “I know, thankfully I have little Wiskers safe here in my arms.”
Actor 2 doesn’t just say yes, he/she also adds to the scene.
2) BASE REALITY – In the first few lines (pieces of dialogue) establish the relationship between the two characters (cop/convict, mom/daughter, siblings, principal/student,) where the characters are and what the situation/conflict is. When doing this you still must follow rule 1.
3) CAREFUL WITH QUESTIONS -For a rule of thumb don’t ask questions. But, if you do, they must be helping you follow rule 1 and 2.