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Short scenes and monologues for middle school actors
Surface, Mary Hall.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Lyme, NH : Smith and Kraus, 1999.
Physical Description:
viii, 183 pages ; 20 cm.
A collection of original scenes and monologues written especially for middle-school actors.
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Central Library PN2080 .S87 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Childrens Area
East Aurora Library PN2080 .S87 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
Grand Island Library PN2080 .S87 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
Kenmore Library PN2080 .S87 1999 Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
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No longer a child, but not yet a teenager, the middle school actor needs scenes and monologues that speak directly to them -- from the every day but gigantically important moments of friends and parties, to the most difficult choices that face young people. This new collection of scenes and monologues offers drama teachers the material they have been looking for -- short monologues with clear emotional turning points and transitions; scenes for two and four actors with strong relationships and specific objectives; scenes for six to ten actors in which the roles have equal weight. Challenging, age-appropriate, and multicultural, this material has grown out of Ms. Surface's extensive work with young people at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and in schools throughout the country. An introduction by Ms. Surface offers specific acting tools for working on the material -- i.e., envisioning your circumstances, discovering turning points, and committing to objectives. A unique resource!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. Drawing from her 20 years of experience with middle-graders, Surface has created an excellent resource for actors who are between childhood and teen years. Divided between monologues and scenes for two actors, Surface's collection includes a wide range of situations and themes. Diverse rural and urban characters discuss family rivalries, racism, environmental issues, Alice in Wonderland, and even the perfect wave. In the introduction, Surface writes, "Too many monologues are story-driven, in past tense, and overly narrative." She succeeds well in avoiding those pitfalls and offers middle-graders a fine collection of emotionally charged scenes with characters who explore the issues that matter to this age group in language that will ring true. Purchase this where theater material for 12-to 14-year-olds is in demand. Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-8-A welcome find for young actors in search of material for auditions. Drawn from Surface's own plays, the selections are predominantly contemporary slices of life, but there are a few pieces based on figures from history and folklore. The monologues take 1 minute or less in length; the scenes for 2-to-4 actors run 3-to-10 minutes, and those for groups, 7-to-20 minutes. The roles are geared specifically to performers ages 10 to 14, feature different ethnic backgrounds, and are gender balanced. Characters struggle with school, parents, and friends-situations with which students of this age can easily identify. Adolescent angst is very much in evidence, and characters frequently vacillate between the emotional peaks and valleys that mark relationships at this age. While this is in keeping with the middle-school personality, occasionally the changes seem somewhat exaggerated. Also, the treatment of a few themes is a bit hackneyed, such as those in the monologues of a girl who wants to find a boyfriend, and another who is embarrassed by her alcoholic mother. Still, the selections will appeal to most readers and may interest them in the original plays.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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