Part 3 of the Second Grade Arc takes us to the Second Grade Christmas Play - Dr. Seuss's 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas', based off the 2000 Jim Carrey film adaptation! Here's the cast list:

Milo as The Grinch

Melissa as Cindy Lou Who

Amanda as Martha May Whovier

Bradley as Mayor Augustus Who

Mort as Lou Lou Who

Lydia as Betty Lou Who


It's a week before Christmas - December 17th, 2010. Today is the day of Mr. Murawski's Christmas Play for his 2nd grade class. Last year, he did an adaptation of the hit Alabama song 'Christmas in Dixie'. This year, he's drawing from Hollywood and their 2000 adaptation of Dr. Seuss's iconic Christmas tale 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'. The two lead roles are to be portrayed by...who else? Milo Murphy as The Grinch and Melissa Chase as Cindy Lou Who!

We pick things up backstage with 7 year old Milo and Melissa as show time approaches.

"Something wrong, Milo?" Melissa asked her cursed friend.

"We're gonna be on stage for the first time ever and I'm not sure if we're ready for this!" Milo freaked.

"Chill, Milo!" Melissa said, placing a hand on his shoulder. "We'll be fine. If you ever get nervous, I'll be right there for you."

Milo smiled, hugging Melissa as the curtain raised. "Thanks, Melissa. I don't know what I'd do without you."

Milo ended up channeling his inner Jim Carrey as the Grinch, while adding his own special touch to the role. As for Melissa...she had a special number in the production. It came in the scene where her character, Cindy Lou Who, contemplates what Christmas truly means to her. The music started up, Melissa sat near her desk prop and she started her song...

Where are you, Christmas?

Why can't I find you?

Why have you gone away?

Where is the laughter

You used to bring me?

Why can't I hear music play?

My world is changing

I'm rearranging

Does that mean Christmas changes too?

Where are you, Christmas?

Do you remember

The one you used to know?

I'm not the same one

See what the time's done

Is that why you have let me go?

Christmas is here

Everywhere, oh

Christmas is here

If you care, oh

If there is love in your heart and your mind

You will feel like Christmas all the time

I feel you, Christmas

I know I've found you!

You never fade away!

The joy of Christmas

Stays here inside us

Fills each and every heart with love!

Where are you, Christmas?

Fill your heart with love...

After her song, Melissa ran backstage and hugged Milo. "What did you think, Milo?" the ginger asked.

Milo smiled "You have the voice of a Christmas angel, Melissa," he said, causing Melissa to blush. Now came time for the scene where the Grinch began his plan to steal Christmas. This is where Diogee came in as the Grinch's faithful hound, Max.

"Perfect! With this disguise, I'll look just like St. Nick!" Milo beamed. He then noticed one minor detail. "But wait...reindeer are scarce. So who will pull the sleigh?"

Milo looked to his little puppy and slapped reindeer antlers on him. "I'll just make my own reindeer!"

And so, his plan began! He took the presents, the lights, the stockings...even the Whos' Roast Beast! But his plan came to a halt when he ran into little Cindy Lou Who (played by Melissa), who was no more than two.

"Santa Claus? Why? Why are you taking our tree?"

The Grinch had to think up a lie and he had to think it up quick.

"My dear little girl..." Milo as the Grinch began. "There's a light on this tree that won't light, so I'll just take it back up to my workshop at the North Pole, fix it up and bring it back down here," he said. He then gave Melissa as Cindy her glass of water and sent her off to bed before cleaning out every house in Whoville.

Satisfied with his work, Milo as the Grinch returned to his home, waiting for his intended result - the cries of a devastated Whoville. But it never happened. Christmas still came.

"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store..." Milo said to the audience. "...maybe Christmas...means a whole lot more."

With this new revelation in mind, he returned all that he stole to the Whovillians - even besting corrupt Mayor Augustus May Who and getting with Martha May Who (played by Bradley and Amanda, respectively)!

"Cheer up,'s Christmas!" Milo said to Bradley, in character as the Grinch and with a cocky expression.

With a new appreciation for Christmas, Milo as the Grinch joined in the celebration...he also carved the Roast Beast to close out the play as 'Where Are You, Christmas?' played through the loudspeakers with the entire cast taking a bow!

Milo and Melissa were off the stage first.

"Milo, that was amazing, little brother!" Sara said, congratulating her little brother.

"You were an amazing Grinch, Milo!" his father said.

"What about me? How was I?"

"Melissa, you were super cute! You were a great Cindy Lou!" Mr. Chase told his daughter.

"Felt like we were really in Whoville, kids!" Mrs. Chase added.

Mrs. Murphy smiled at the duo. "Why don't we all head to Ruby Tuesday for dinner to celebrate a great performance? My treat!"

"AWESOME!" Melissa cheered.

"You rock, mom!" Milo added as the group walked out of John Trystate Elementary, Milo and Melissa thinking 'We were incredible on stage together! Maybe our parents were right...maybe we can make it as a couple when we're older...' only to think 'THAT IS SICK AND WRONG!'

You crazy kids! I'm probably gonna do at least 3 more parts to 2nd Grade before heading to 3rd Grade. Here's the rundown for the rest of the Second Grade Arc:

A Murphy New Year

Spring Fever

Bake Sale Shenanigans

Summer's Here

After that, it's on to 3rd Grade! See ya next time and remember...


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