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Tomorrow morning I have to present this monologue in front of my theatre class. It's 1 minute and a half, and I am unbelievably nervous about presenting it.

I'm afraid I'll break character (laugh out loud while speaking), and on top of being nervous, my old crush is in that class and him and his friends are really immature. I'm afraid they'll just start laughing, and I get red easily, which brings me to another topic: I am red all the time. No, really. Is it possible that I have Rosacia (sp?)? I know you guys are busy but please try to asswer this one quick, it's late! Thanks so much.

Help me out, will ya?

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Lady Moonlight
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We cannot diagnose medical problems here, as you probably no. If you're worried that you might have a particular condition, I'd suggest that you discuss it with your doctor.

As to your presentation, take a deep breath. Focus yourself. Your ex and his annoying friends do not matter. What matters is you and your monologue. If you can, try to imagine that you are alone in the room, or that no one is there except people who really want to hear your monologue and have it go well. Look only at people who you trust will not distract you (your teacher is a good bet, for starters).

You didn't mention if you tried this, but if not, it would be a good idea for future assignments to practice in front of as many people as possible. That way you get used to having an audience.

Good luck. Remember, take a deep breath and focus.

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Oh hey, stage fright is no fun at all, I've been there. I make sure that I'm completely prepared for whatever presentation I'm going to give, and then I go through a few extra steps that I can't promise it'll work for everybody, but here's what I do...

First of all, I wear something that makes me feel confident and comfortable and that commands attention and respect. Doesn't have to be a suit, but maybe something a bit nicer than what I usually wear...maybe a bright colored blouse with jeans. And then I listen to the Meredith Brooks song "Bitch" at least twice while dancing in front of the mirror before ever leaving my room in the morning. This contributes to my general "kickass" mindset. Even if you're presenting work in character, it's important to have a confident, commanding mindset and presence. So go in there with an attitude of "Hey, guess what? I'm gonna get up here and say something, and you're gonna sit there and listen to it whether you damn well like it or not!" This should help to take care of those worries about anybody laughing. Then, get very into your character. Become that character and give your monolog to an audience to which that character would be speaking. Example: If you're speaking as a writer of the Declaration of Independence, then make the audience the Continental Congress. Stop seeing them as a bunch of rowdy students, see them as the character would, in the scene.

And finally...just go in there and kick some butt! You'll be just fine.

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