Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1407 Places Everyone! by Janet S. Tiger (c) Dec. 21 , 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1407  Places Everyone! by Janet S. Tiger (c) Dec. 21 , 2017    
                                    Places Everyone!
                                           a monologue by Janet S. Tiger (c) all rights reserved 2017

         (The actress comes onstage tentatively, but when she sees the audience, she smiles)

Places everyone!

My mother gave me two great tips - one was about neatness -she was a big fan of neat!

(Quoting)  A place for everything and everything in its place 

But what if you spilled something and it wasn't neat anymore?

What if -  you make a mistake?  make a mistake,  you say.... whoops!

However, her little helping tips did not help with becoming me.  Maybe if she hadn't died when I was seven, but it wasn't her fault.  She was in the wrong car at the wrong time.  (Sad)  Whoops....

So I grew up not really knowing who I was.  I was a half orphan.  But that is not exactly a defining characteristic.

Then I got put into a drama class in seventh grade.  I hated it.  I hated talking in public.  I was scared.  Always.

And then I got cast in the school play.  Everyone was cast, and I begged for a smaller role and the teacher said there was no smaller role than saying one word.

The word - ....could I remember it?  Could I ever forget it?  The word was ....Hello.

After that, others did the talking.  The big night came.  I was petrified, my father and brothers were in the audience.  And so was everyone else.  Could I remember my one word?  Hello.  Hello.  I practiced to myself for hours.

Then the moment came.  My stomach felt as if it had bubbles in it!  And the lights!  So bright!  And the silence as I made my entrance!  It was deafening!

And I didn't see that someone had spilled some water right where I was about to walk.  And I stepped in it, and....I 

And I fell down.  The audience gasped.

And I hadn't even said my one word!  

I was mortified and then I heard my mother's voice and I said.....


And then, something happened that changed my life forever!

The audience  laughed, and they didn't just laugh, they roared they loved it..... they loved ME!

And in that moment I knew my place in the world.  

On stage 

So here I am

Places everyone!  

   (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Thank you...Mom....

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