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The Show Must Go On Monologue Festival

The Show Must Go On Monologue Festival

We are delighted to announce the return of The Show Must Go On Monologue Festival! The festival is open to students in grades 9-12, and from all submissions, 8 finalists will be chosen to perform live and in-person on A Noise Within’s stage on Wednesday, April 13th at 6pm!

How To Submit

We hope that the festival will inspire you to work on a piece of text that challenges you and provides you with an opportunity to explore and share the richness of the classics—whether they have already been deemed as one or will soon become one because of their poignant themes. Think: true yesterday, true today, true tomorrow.

Step 1: Participants will submit their entry including their monologue submission by February 27th.

Step 2: Participants must submit their self-tape by March 11th. Their submission should include their one-minute monologue as well as a one-minute explanation of their process, including research and work done in preparation.

Step 3: 8 finalists will be chosen and announced on March 23rd.

Submit Your Application Here

Monologue Criteria

Must be from a published play, not a stand-alone monologue from a monologue book or online.

Students should read the entire play and be prepared to share the importance of the themes of the play and monologue.

Things to consider in your research:

  • Who are you talking to?
  • What is the context of the monologue?
  • Why is this play important now?
  • How do you relate to the playwright’s message today?
  • How does the monologue personally speak to you?
  • Why do you believe this play will continue to be relevant?*

*You will need to answer the last question when presenting your research and explain any other things you found important in your work with the play and monologue.

What is the panel looking for?

  • How effectively was the voice used to express the character? (vocal control, pace, inflection, etc.)
  • Did the actor display a strong understanding of their character
  • Did the actor portray the character in a believable, truthful, and consistent manner?

Download our flyer and a list of suggested playwrights.

Sign Up Here

For more information and inspiration, watch the following video about last year’s virtual monologue festival: