This is for a theater scholarship competition, to be taped. I've been leafing through books, but am starting to think young women don't generally get to say much at a time onstage. Also, shouldn't be too overdone.
You're supposed to do it for a part you'd be cast for. In my daughter's case, for instance, Eliza in Pygmalion wouldn't work because of the accent.
Lola, do you have a copy of the novel Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson? I have a feeling your daughter could find several things that would really resonate for her. Since it's a novel, the passages are long and would be somewhat difficult to deliver well orally. I'd think that would be a good thing, as the judges will be alert to technical difficulties and how they're overcome, don't you think?
The book was made into a movie, which I've never seen. This guide makes it seem cutesily heartwarming , which is not how the book was.
a sample from the book:
"It is...difficult to describe someone, since memories are by their nature fragmented, isolated, and arbitrary as glimpses one has at night through lighted windows.
[E]very memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh, and that the wanderers will find a way home, and the perished, whose lack we always feel, will step through the door finally and stroke our hair with dreaming, habitual fondness, not having meant to keep us waiting long." — Marilynne Robinson (Housekeeping: A Novel)
Thanks, Tilly! The Inge one looks promising. She just turned 18, and is looking to go to college next year unless she sees her way clear to do a gap year. Theater scholarships can knock a thousand or so dollars off the top of tuition, which is crazy expensive. Then they expect you to help paint sets and so forth I think.