Monologues for children under nine years old

Monologues for children, older children, teens, and adults appear on this and the next several pages. Where possible, we have added downloads for your convenience.

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Often, children dream of being on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, or other television and movie production companies that specialise in children's programming. We hear so many heartfelt pleas "How do I get on Disney?". Parents, you may think that this is a dream that can't come true, but you should think again. The child performers that you see in movies and television had to come from somewhere, and companies like Disney really want talented children with dedicated families backing them up.

If you read our article How to Get on Disney, you will notice that the advice that we have about auditions throughout this site is what the industry is looking for. In a nutshell, Disney wants their prospective talent to be well-supported by family (children cannot succeed in show business without the total support of their parents), to be pleasant to be around, and to want to do this work. It will be evident early on if your child is not interested in the work, all you have to do is pay attention to what they say and how they act.

Disney films can also be a good source of monologue material suitable for young children. Children often have favourite movies that they watch again and again, so it may be possible to make it easy on your child and yourself and pull something from a known source. Just make sure that the performance that the child delivers is as much theirs as possible.

If you want some information on auditioning for Disney please go to How to get on Disney

What kind of monologue should my child use?There are very few speaking parts for very young children, and even fewer monologues. By very young children, we mean under 9 years old. One of the most effective ways to have young children audition is to give them a very familiar passage from a well-loved poet, or a well-loved children's author. The important thing for young children is that they are charming and as clear as possible. They should have their monologues memorised. Cute goes a very long way in casting young children, but they must show in an audition that they are prepared to work to the best of their ability.

Protect your child. Be very protective of your child and ALWAYS be with them in a theatre or on a set, even during auditions. If you are told that parents or guardians are not allowed, then that should be a huge red flag. Thank the directors for their time and take your child home.

It is fine to have a young child audition with a light piece. Two minutes is very likely too much for a young child. Try for a good representation that they are happy with, and throw the stop watch out of the window.

May we suggest...

Shel Silverstein
“If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school ” - One Inch Tall
“My dad gave me one dollar bill / Cause I am his smartest son ” - Smart

Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss' official site
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. ” - The Lorax
“After all, a person is a person, no matter how small” - Horton Hears a Who!

Maurice Sendak
“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind / and another / his mother called him 'Wild Thing'” - Where The Wild Things Are
“Mickey poked through and said: 'I'm not the milk and the milk's not me! '” - In The Night Kitchen

Robert Munsch
“Once upon a time, when Elizabeth was a princess ” - The Paper Bag Princess
“'I will not open the gate. Not me. No sir. No, no, no, no, no.' ” - Pigs!

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