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Do you know a young thespian looking for monologues to show off their talent or to practice being somebody else? Monologues for Kids and Tweens II: 100 New Comedy and Drama Monologues for Young Actors by Mike Kimmel has plenty of variety. All of them are clean, moral, and designed to set a good example. Some are thoughtful, like Today is Tomorrow, which explains that today is the tomorrow you discussed yesterday and draws the logical conclusions. Some promote gratitude, like The Little Free Library. Some promote healthy forms of love, like Love and Kryptonite and Love is a Verb. These are told from the point of view of a younger sibling who is watching an older teen’s angst over mistaken love. My Science Project promotes scientific learning and talking to teachers, and getting advice for a science project. The Good Morning Experiment promotes social science, while Little White Lies promotes a social use for lying. Some are humorous, like They Speak Perfect English, in which the speaker wonders aloud, in English, why aliens all speak perfect English in TV shows.
I’m not going to reveal the plot of every monologue in this book. Each is approximately one page long. None will take long to analyze or memorize. It will probably take longer to pick which one to perform than it will to memorize it. Since these are all themed monologues, exact memorizing isn’t even necessary. If the performer gets the main points and the logical sequence, rephrasing to make the monologue more personal will be effective. Mike Kimmel is a full voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences that produces the Emmy Awards. It’s clear from Ben McCain’s introduction to Monologues for Kids and Tweens II that Mike Kimmel practices what he preaches and is a helpful co-worker, just as he advocates in many of these monologues. With this book, the author is helping young actors develop their skills. These monologues may even inspire young actors to write about their own lives and create their own dramatic scenes.