Reviews for Ultimate Audition Book for Teens : 111 One-Minute Monologues


Booklist Reviews 2004 August #1
Gr. 9-12. In the introduction to her latest collection of monologues, Dabrowski tells teens that monologues should be "immediate, active, and fun." All 111 monologues here easily match that description: they are short, concern topics of interest to teens, offer opportunities to demonstrate various teenage emotions, and will be fun to perform. There are 55 for men and 56 for women. Humorous pieces, ranging from bittersweet to silly, cover "fluffy" topics such as clothes, dating advice, prom, hair, French class, and driving lessons. Dramatic monologues concern timely topics such as teenage sex, eating disorders, child abuse, foster care, coming out, family relationships, bullying, and racial issues. The sophisticated nature of some topics and the occasional use of casually crude teen vernacular may make some selections more appropriate for community theater than for school performances. ((Reviewed August 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2005 October
This title continues the Young Actors series, which produces monologues for high school and elementary students, and is a must-have for the middle school student. It consists of original monologues, listed by type, such as comedy or drama, and the gender of the actor. Dr. McCullough, current director of the Children's Playwriting Institute in Woodbride, New Jersey, is an expert in both drama and the young student. All the monologues deal with pre-teen and teenage interests and talents. The series allows the teacher to make changes to the monologue to reflect his or her school or students. Dr. McCullough advises the teacher and student, "The more personal the monologue is to you, the more power you can summon in your delivery." This is a great teaching tool and a wonderful solution to the ever popular library media center request for "something to try out with." My only complaint is how few of the various Ultimate Monologue series are available in hardcover or library bound volumes. Highly Recommended. Sue Lay, Library Media Specialist, Perry (Georgia) High School Library © 2005 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 March
Gr 9 Up-Organized into sections for male and female actors, this book includes one-page monologues that get right into the action. All are clear, engaging, and written in teen-friendly language that rings true. Dramatic plots include being grounded, gang violence, death of a loved one, dating, sex, and the meaning of life. Comedic topics range from body image, premenstrual syndrome, dating, and sex to the meaning of life. Dabrowski explains in her introduction that the monologues stand alone as solo pieces, but because the topics are so similar, they could also work well together as a showcase. The content and language may make some of the pieces unsuitable for school use. Nevertheless, students will enjoy performing them and high schools with large drama programs will want to purchase this title for their budding actors.-Sonja Cole, Briarcliff Middle School, Mountain Lakes, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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