10 of the Best Holiday-Inspired Audition Monologues
Written by Meghan Mitchell
November 12, 2017
It’s that time of year again! Auditioning for holiday work has a unique advantage and disadvantage—much like Shakespeare, there is only so much stuff in the Christmas cannon when looking for audition material that will ‘wow’ your perspective directors. Below is a list of options to fill out your audition needs for this coming holiday season.
A monologue from Christmas Superpowers and Believing in Blitzen by Tara Meddaugh
Dylan has changed his behavior exponentially since last year, and he’s ready to tell Santa about it. Sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall, he knows exactly what he wants and how to get it.
A monologue from The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode
Cupid is the extraordinarily flamboyant reindeer of Santa’s eight. Brought to his current neurosis by a series of harassment by both Mr. and Mrs. Claus, we find out just how twisted life at the North Pole can be. (Marked for explicit material.)
A monologue from 7 Santas by Jeff Goode
We finally get a monologue from Mrs. Claus’ point of view. She describes here about the first time she had alcohol, on her and Mr. Claus’ wedding night. Here, he is depicted as strange, domineering, and manipulative.
A monologue from Secret Santa by Tara Meddaugh
Dan is at work, and has just participated in the office “Secret Santa” exchange where participants were instructed to make a gift for their Secret Santa. He has just given Penny (his secret santa) his gift and she is not impressed. At first Dan blames Penny for having unrealistic expectations about his ability to make a good gift himself. Feeling guilty about lashing out at poor Penny, he then explains how difficult things have been since his wife left him after Halloween. This is a standalone piece.
A monologue from A Merry Jewish Christmas by Joshua Levine
David Bernstein has finally decided to introduce his family to his long-time boyfriend during their annual tradition of celebrating Chanukah on Christmas Eve. But the family doesn’t know that his boyfriend isn’t Jewish. Or that David is even gay. Or that they have a Christmas tree hiding in the bedroom. And to make matters worse, the Chinese place is out of egg rolls. A MERRY JEWISH CHRISTMAS is an alternative holiday comedy about how complicated families can be and how absolutely necessary they are.
A monologue from Hello, Goodbye, Peace by Gabriel Davis
Alina, a barista at a Manhattan coffee shop, has dreams of climbing the economic ladder to change the world. In this monologues she speaks to her boyfriend about his mother at Thanksgiving dinner and how annoyed she is by her. Robert, a former engineer/inventor turned stock broker, gave up on a dream of launching a business around his lifelike robotic puppies for allergic children. From their first “hello” at the coffee shop, sparks fly and not before long they’re fully engaged in a relationship that challenges both of their dreams and identities. Will they find peace together or say goodbye?
A monologue from Holiday of Errors by Frank Lawler & Daniel Flint
This monologue begins the play. Will sits writing at his desk with Richard Burbage in the room, also writing. Both men are freezing—this scene is akin to the beginning of A Christmas Carol. Will is attempting to write, and in his completive nature, orates about his recent failures in theatre. Richard the Third was quite successful, but now, all the patrons are gone, there is so little food, he does not know if he will be able to survive in this profession.
A monologue from Carol’s Christmas Catastrophe by Tony Jerris, Bruce Durbin
In this scene, Carol is trying desperately to find literally anyone to play Santa Claus in her Christmas pageant. So desperate, in fact, that she’s now asking the audience directly and bribing them with money to fill the part. The Pinecone Players’ annual Christmas pageant, directed by former beauty queen Carol Claus, is threatened when the entire cast, fed up with Carol’s “hack directing,” quits an hour before show time. Carol realizes she’ll have to do the whole show herself. Too bad she only knows her own number. In a frantic act of desperation, Carol decides to audition whomever she can find to replace her cast and get the show up in time. In 60 chaotic minutes, meet the strangely wonderful people who show up at the brink of impending disaster to save Carol from ruin. Add to the mix a little Christmas music, a biker Grandma, a disgruntled Fire Marshal, and a mysterious gentleman who has Carol reflect on her (not so merry) future, and you’ve got a comedy of errors that is nuttier than a fruitcake! Carol reflect on her (not so merry) future, and you’ve got a comedy of errors that is nuttier than a fruitcake!
A monologue from Hello, Goodbye, Peace by Gabriel Davis
Alina imagines what her and Robert’s New Years Eve will be like. Alina, a barista at a Manhattan coffee shop, has dreams of climbing the economic ladder to change the world. Robert, a former engineer/inventor turned stock broker, gave up on a dream of launching a business around his lifelike robotic puppies for allergic children. From their first “hello” at the coffee shop, sparks fly and not before long they’re fully engaged in a relationship that challenges both of their dreams and identities. Will they find peace together or say goodbye?
A monologue from The Best Secret Santa Present In The History of Peckinpaw High School – Patrick
This monologue comes at the start of the show as Patrick holds the slip revealing that the person he’s a Secret Santa to is his lifetime crush, Chrissy Summerfit. He elaborates to the audience the near-divine timing of the drawing compared to the Holiday Dance where he dreams of asking Chrissy. He hilariously describes the epic proportions of his gift as it relates to the small school price limit. This monologue is a cheerful, love-struck look into the teenage mind that rings true to audience members of all ages.
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Meghan Mitchell is a working actor who graduated cum laude from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a B.A. in Musical Theatre. She loves Shakespeare and nightly fireworks, and after working regionally and on ships, she is now proud to call Orlando her home.