Scenes with Substance
If you work with young actors, you’ve experienced the difficulty of trying to find quality material for them to work with in class.
You want something that will excite your students, while challenging them with unique, accessible and authentic characters with real emotions.
Scene work is crucial to developing young actors because it gives them the chance to work on dialogue, character and relationships in a focused, intimate setting.
Unfortunately, finding quality scenes that don’t “write down” to kids can be a challenge. Most scene books available to kids and teens are either anthologies, in which scenes are taken from older plays, lack context and use outdated language, or they’re filled with unappealing original scenes that offer little more than cliche situations and unrealistic dialogue.
Contemporary Scenes for Young Actors is packed with 34 rewarding, relevant scenes guaranteed to electrify your actors, your audience, and you!
With this eBook you’ll receive:
- 100-page PDF containing 34 scenes for young actors age 8-16
- A broad variety of two and three-person scenes
- Gender-neutral characters to provide ultimate flexibility
- Emotional arcs and strong endings to challenge actors and keep audiences engaged
- A range of circumstances and emotions, from comedic to heartfelt to whimsical
- Material that is ideal as short performance pieces and for use in the classroom
A note from playwright Douglas M. Parker
Scenes are the most basic building block of any theatrical work that has a plot. And although not all scenes involve two or more actors, most scenes do. Put two or more actors together onstage and the possibility for almost any situation or emotion instantly comes alive – along with the possibility for every form of human relationship, from equal to unequal to evolving.
With that thought in mind, the thirty-four scenes contained in this book provide young actors with the material to explore a full spectrum of age-appropriate emotions and relationships, ranging from fear to friendship, love to loathing, and cooperation to competition – with moments of sadness, sympathy, silliness, envy, guilt, anger, and almost everything in between.
To help young actors get the most from their experience, the language used in every scene is typical everyday language, rather than the sometimes outdated or highly poetic language that is often found in books of scenes collected from older plays. This emphasis on contemporary language and situations allows the actors to focus directly on the scenes, emotions and characters, without being distracted by unfamiliar words or turns of phrase.
At Beat by Beat, we’re passionate about raising the bar on the quality of resources that are available for young actors…and you’ll find this book to be no exception. Over 30,000 people a month visit the Beat by Beat website, discovering tools and resources which have brought joy to teachers and creativity to young actors around the world.
You have our personal guarantee that if you aren’t completely satisfied, if you don’t love this monologue book and use it all the time, call or email us within 30 days and we’ll refund every penny immediately.