How to Eat Like a Child:

How to Eat Like a Child:
And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grownup
This musical comedy revue is treated like an instruction manual for
children. Each song, sketch, or monologue has a title. The following
monologue is called “How to Watch More television.” The actor can actually
recite the title prior to performing the monologue if her chooses.
Darien was the name of the child that originally performed this piece. There
is no specific age or gender assigned to this monologue.
Be careful not to play it all one way. Use different tactics. Beg, negotiate,
threaten, sob, flatter etc…
Darien:
Please, Mom, please. Just this once. I’ll only ask this once. I promise,
if you let me watch this show, I’ll go to bed the second it is over. I won’t
complain. I won’t ask for a drink of water. I won’t ask for anything. Please. If
you let me do this, I’ll never ask you for anything ever again. Never. Please,
Mommy, please. You are the nicest mommy. You are the sweetest, nicest
mommy. I promise I won’t be cranky tomorrow. I promise I’ll go to bed
tomorrow at nine. Please, please, please.
(pause)
Why not! Just give me one reason. I told you I’ll be good. I told you I’ll go to
bed. Don’t you believe me? Don’t you trust me? Some mom- doesn’t even
trust her own kid. Look, I’ll just close my eyes and listen. I won’t even watch
it! Oh, Mom, why can’t I?
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
By Clark Gesner
Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz
Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and Snoopy all gather onstage for this
fun-filled live action version of the comic strip. Charlie Brown is thoughtful and hopeful
as usual and all the other characters retain their dynamic personalities we remember.
Though they all assure Charlie Brown that he is a “good man” despite his obvious
flaws, he wonders if he really is what they say. Throughout the play he tries to decide
how he can really become a good person. Lucy shares her career goals with her
unbelieving friends in this comedic monologue.
Lucy:
Do you know what I intend? I intend to be a queen. When I grow up I’m
going to be the biggest queen there ever was, and I’ll live in a big palace and when I go
out in my coach, all the people will wave and I will shout at them, and...and...in the
summertime I will go to my summer palace and I’ll wear my crown in swimming and
everything, and all the people will cheer and I will shout at them... What do you mean I
can’t be queen? Nobody should be kept from being a queen if she wants to be one. It’s
usually just a matter of knowing the right people.. ..well.... if I can’t be a queen, then I’ll
be very rich then I will buy myself a queendom. Yes, I will buy myself a queendom and
then I’ll kick out the old queen and take over the whole operation myself. I will be head
queen."
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In this monologue Charlie is facing his hardest time of day at school: lunch time. He
has just spotted the girl he has a crush on, and is trying to muster up the courage to go
sit with her.
Charlie Brown:
There's that cute little red-headed girl eating her lunch over there. I
wonder what she would do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch
with her?...She'd probably laugh right in my face...it's hard on a face when it gets
laughed in. There's an empty place next to her on the bench.
There's no reason why I couldn't just go over and sit there. I could do that right now. All
I have to do is stand up...I'm standing up!...I'm sitting down. I'm a coward. I'm so much
of a coward, she wouldn't even think of looking at me. She hardly ever does look at
me. In fact, I can't remember her ever looking at me. Why shouldn't she look at me? Is
there any reason in the world why she shouldn't look at me? Is she so great, and I'm so
small, that she can't spare one little moment?...SHE'S LOOKING AT ME!! SHE'S
LOOKING AT ME!!
The Fifth of July By Lanford Wilson
The this play the flamboyant, theatrical character of Shirley is 14 years old, and
bursting with the desire to become a great...anything! Shirley feels somewhat
stifled in the small Missouri town where she lives, and she yearns to be larger than
life. Here Shirley makes a dramatic announcement to her family and her mother’s
friends
Shirley:
I’m going to be the greatest artist Missouri has ever produced. No – the entire Midwest.
I am going to be so great! Unqualified! The greatest single artist
the Midwest has ever known! A painter. Or a sculptor. Or a dancer! A writer! A
conductor! A composer! An actress! One of the arts! People will die. Certain people will
literally have cardiacarrests at the magnitude of my achievements. Doing something
astonishing! Just astonishing! I will have you know that I intend to study for ten years,
and then burst forth on the world. And people will be abashed! Amazed! Astonished! At
the magnitude. Oh, God! Look! Is that she? Is that she? Is it? IT IS! IT IS SHE! IT IS
SHE! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (She collapses on the floor. Slowly getting
to a sitting position; with great dignity) She died of cardiac arrest and astonishment
at the magnificence of my achievement in my chosen field.
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