Monologue Expectations E4/5 Expectations Organization 1. Introduce yourself, the title of monologue, and state one sentence explaining your character and who your character is speaking to. Example: “Good afternoon, my name is Ms. Miller. I will be performing Cabrillo, a Man with a Mission. In this monologue, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stands on a dock in New Spain, which is modern day Mexico. He tries to convince a group of sailors to sail with him into the dangerous country north of New Spain.” 2. Make it clear at the beginning of your monologue who you are talking to. Example: “Padre Crespi, my friend…” “People of Navidad, listen to me!” “Sailors, give me your attention!” 3. Transitions between internal dialogue and when speaking to a character: Make it clear with a step to the side that you are now speaking to yourself rather than to another character. I recommend only one or two internal dialogues during a speech to another character. 4. Transitions between internal monologue and to a crowd: Doing a brief turn works. Memorization The monologue should be memorized completely. If you forget a line, though, don’t let the audience know. Just keep in character. Subject Knowledge Full knowledge of your character is shown in the content. Can you add details to show how your explorer is unique among the others? Eye Contact If your monologue is to a character, really look at that imaginary person. If your monologue is to a crowd, focus on two or three imaginary people in the crowd. If your monologue is to yourself, you can use a prop to help focus your gaze (Mia can think aloud as she looks at the golden necklace…) Voice 1. The voice is projected. 2. Pronunciation is clear so that the audience can understand (no mumbling). 3. The pace is steady, and pauses are used at important points. 4. Formal language is used for these rich explorers. Remember, some are ship captains, and some are priests. Stance and Gestures The speaker’s movements and gestures add to the presentation and are not distracting.