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The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss
(adapted to Readers Theatre by Sharon Drummond)

grinch stole Xmas

ALL:  Every Who down in Who-ville Liked Christmas a lot...

Who 1: But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, Did NOT! 

Who 2: The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows               the reason.

Who 3: It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.

Who 4: It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.

Who 5: But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Who 6: But, whatever the reason, His heart or his shoes, He stood there on Christmas Eve, hating the Whos,

Who 7: Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown at the warm lighted windows below in their town. For                 he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath Was busy now, hanging a mistletoe wreath.

Grinch: And they're hanging their stockings!

Quotations Who: he snarled with a sneer,

Grinch: Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!

Who 8: Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,

Grinch: I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!

Who 9: For, tomorrow, he knew...

Who 10: ...All the Who girls and boys would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their toys! And then!

Who 11: Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

Who 12: That's one thing he hated!

Who 13: The NOISE!

Who 9: NOISE!

Who 7: NOISE!

Who 12: NOISE!

Who 14: Then the Whos, young and old, would sit down to a feast.

Who 15: And they'd feast!

Who 16: And they'd feast!

Who 17: And they'd FEAST!

Who 18: FEAST!

Who 19: FEAST!

Who 20: FEAST!

Who 21: They would feast on Who-pudding, and rare Who-roast beast

Who 22: Which was something the Grinch couldn't stand in the least!

Who 23: And THEN They'd do something He liked least of all!

Who 24: Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, Would stand close together, with Christmas bells                           ringing. They'd stand hand-in-hand.

Who 25: And the Whos would start singing! 

Who 26: They'd sing!

Who 27: And they'd sing!

Who 28: And they'd SING!

Who 1: SING!

Who 2: SING!

Who 3: SING!

Who 4: And the more the Grinch thought of this Who-Christmas-Sing,

Quotations Who: The more the Grinch thought

Grinch: I must stop this whole thing! Why, for fifty-three years I've put up with it now! I MUST stop this Christmas from              coming! ...But HOW?

Who 5: Then he got an idea!

Who 6: An awful idea!


Grinch: I know just what to do!

Quotations Who: The Grinch laughed in his throat.

Who 7: And he made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.

Quotations Who: And he chuckled, and clucked,

Grinch: What a great Grinchy trick! With this coat and this hat, I look just like Saint Nick! All I need is a reindeer...

Who 8: The Grinch looked around. But, since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.

Who 9: Did that stop the old Grinch...?

Grinch: No!

Quotations Who: The Grinch simply said

Grinch: If I can't find a reindeer, I'll make one instead!

Who 10: So he called his dog, Max.

Who 11: Then he took some red thread. And he tied a big horn on the top of his head. 

Who 12: THEN He loaded some bags

Who 13: And some old empty sacks

Who 12:  On a ramshackle sleigh

Who 14: And he hitched up old Max.

Quotations Who: Then the Grinch said

Grinch: Giddap!

Who 15: And the sleigh started down toward the homes where the Whos lay a-snooze in their town. 

Who 16: All their windows were dark. Quiet snow filled the air.

Who 17: All the Whos were all dreaming sweet dreams without care

Who 18: When he came to the first little house on the square.

Grinch: This is stop number one

Quotations Who: The old Grinchy Claus hissed

Who 19: And he climbed to the roof, empty bags in his fist.

Who 20: Then he slid down the chimney. A rather tight pinch.

Who 21: But, if Santa could do it

Who 22: then so could the Grinch

Who 23: He got stuck only once, for a moment or two.

Who 24: Then he stuck his head out of the fireplace flue where the little Who stockings all hung in a row.

Grinch: These stockings

Quotations Who: he grinned

Grinch: are the first things to go!

Who 25: Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most unpleasant,

Who 26: Around the whole room, and he took every present!

Who 27: Pop guns!

Who 28: And bicycles!

Who 1: Roller skates!

Who 2: Drums!

Who 3: Checkerboards!

Who 4: Tricycles!

Who 5: Popcorn!

Who 6: And plums!

Who 7: And he stuffed them in bags.

Who 8: Then the Grinch, very nimbly, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, up the chimbley!

Who 9: Then he slunk to the icebox.

Who 10: He took the Whos' feast!

Who 11: He took the Who-pudding!

Who 12: He took the roast beast!

Who 13: He cleaned out that icebox as quick as a flash.

Who 14: Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!

Who 15: Then he stuffed all the food up the chimney with glee.

Grinch: And NOW!

Quotations Who: grinned the Grinch

Grinch: I will stuff up the tree!

Who 16: And the Grinch grabbed the tree, and he started to shove

Who 17: When he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.

Who 18: He turned around fast, and he saw a small Who!

Who 19: Little Cindy-Lou Who

Who 20: who was not more than two.

Who 21: The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water.

Quotations Who: She stared at the Grinch and said

Cindy-Lou Who: Santy Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?

Who 22: But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick. He thought up a lie,

Who 23: he thought it up quick!

Grinch: Why, my sweet little tot

Quotations Who: the fake Santy Claus lied

Grinch: There's a light on this tree that won't light on one side. So I'm taking it home to my workshop, my dear. I'll fix it               up there. Then I'll bring it back here.

Who 24: And his fib fooled the child.

Who 25: Then he patted her head and he got her a drink and he sent her to bed.

Who 26: And when Cindy-Lou Who went to bed with her cup, HE went to the chimney and stuffed the tree up!

Who 27: Then the last thing he took was the log for their fire!

Who 28: Then he went up the chimney, himself, the old liar.

Who 1: On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire.

Who 2: And the one speck of food that he left in the house was a crumb that was even too small for a mouse.

Who 3: Then He did the same thing to the other Whos' houses.

Who 4: Leaving crumbs much too small For the other Whos' mouses!

Who 5: It was quarter past dawn...

Who 6: All the Whos, still a-bed,

Who 7: All the Whos, still a-snooze

Who 8: When he packed up his sled

Who 9: Packed it up with their presents!

Who 10: The ribbons!

Who 11: The wrappings!

Who 12: The tags!

Who 13: And the tinsel!

Who 14: The trimmings!

Who 15: The trappings!

Who 16: Three thousand feet up!

Who 17: Up the side of Mt. Crumpit

Who 18: He rode with his load to the tiptop to dump it!

Grinch: Pooh-Pooh to the Whos!

Quotation Who: he was grinch-ish-ly humming

Grinch: They're finding out now that no Christmas is coming! They're just waking up! I know just what they'll do!
             Their mouths will hang open a minute or two then the Whos down in Who-ville will all cry Boo-Hoo!
             That's a noise

Quotations Who: grinned the Grinch

Grinch: That I simply MUST hear!

Who 19: So he paused. And the Grinch put his hand to his ear. And he did hear a sound rising over the snow.

Who 20: It started in low.

Who 21: Then it started to grow...

Who 22: But the sound wasn't sad!

Who 23: Why, this sound sounded merry!

Who 24: It couldn't be so!

Who 25: But it WAS merry!


Who 26: He stared down at Who-ville!

Who 27: The Grinch popped his eyes!

Who 28: Then he shook!

Who 1: What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Who 2: Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, was singing!

Who 3: Without any presents at all!

Who 4: He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming!  It came!

Who 5: Somehow or other, it came just the same!

Who 6: And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,

Quotations Who: Stood puzzling and puzzling

Grinch: How could it be so? It came with out ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or                         bags!

Who 7: And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.

Who 8: Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

Grinch: Maybe Christmas

Quotations Who: he thought

Grinch: doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!

Who 9: And what happened then...?

Who 10: Who-ville they say that the Grinch's small heart Grew three sizes that day!

Who 11: And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight, he whizzed with his load through the bright morning light

Who 12: And he brought back the toys!

Who 13: And the food for the feast!

Who 14: And he...

Who 15: HE HIMSELF...!

Who 16: The Grinch carved the roast beast!

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