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Sesame Street: A Musical Play in Two Acts

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Fan Art' started by Super Scooter, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Super Scooter New Member

    One day while I was listening to my Platinum and Platinum Too albums, it occured to me that a lot of the best Sesame Street music could be translated into a Broadway musical... so that's what I'm doing.

    Sesame Street
    A Musical Play in Two Acts


    Act One
    Scene One

    At Rise: Our human cast gathers on stage. Big Bird joins them, as they sing...

    ALL:

    Sunny day,
    Sweepin' the clouds away,
    On my way to where
    The air is sweet.
    Can you tell me how to get,
    How to get to Sesame Street?

    Come and play,
    Everything's A.O.K.
    Friendly neighbors there,
    That's where we meet.
    Can you tell me how to get,
    How to get to Sesame Street?

    It's a magic carpet ride.
    Every door will open wide
    To happy people like you,
    Happy people like...
    What a beautiful

    Sunny day,
    Sweepin' the clouds away,
    On my way the where
    The air is sweet.
    Can you tell me how to get,
    How to get to Sesame Street?

    How to get to Sesame Street?
    How to get to Sesame Street?
    How to get to Sesame Street?
    How to get to Sesame Street?

    Scene Two

    Location: Outside 123 Sesame Street

    Time: Early Morning

    At Rise: The familiar, dilapidated street is mostly empty. A few kids play on the swingset, but not much else is happening.

    Kermit the Frog is sitting on the steps to 123 Sesame Street.


    Kermit: Hi-ho! Kermit the Frog, here. In case your wondering, I'm the narrator of this story. Now, I don't want to take up too much of your time right now, so let's just introduce some of our characters, shall we?

    Bob enters.

    Kermit: Hi, Bob!

    Bob: Oh, hi, Kermit! What are you up to?

    Kermit: I'm just getting to know some of the audience. Why don't you introduce yourself?

    Bob: (to audience) Oh, hi, everybody! Welcome to Sesame Street. I'm Bob. It's early yet, so most of the folks around here are still getting around. But I'd be glad to introduce them to you when they get up. Don't you know who they are? They're the people in your neighborhood!

    (sung)

    Oh, who are the people
    In your neighborhood?
    In your neighborhood?
    In your neighborhood?
    Say, who are the people
    In your neighborhood?
    The people that
    You meet each day.

    Luis enters.

    Bob: Oh, hi, Luis?

    Luis: Hi, Bob. What are you doing?

    Bob: I'm telling everyone about the people in the neighborhood.

    Luis: Oh, could I help?

    Bob: Sure! (to audience) You know, Luis is a repairman. Tell them what you do, Luis.

    Luis:

    (sung)

    Oh, a repairman always
    Fixes things
    Like toasters, chairs and
    Shower rings.
    I'll work and work
    The whole day through,
    To keep your things all
    Safe and new.

    Bob:

    'Cause the repairman is a person
    In your neighborhood.

    Luis:

    In your neighborhood.

    Both:

    He's in your neighborhood.
    A repairman is a person
    In your neighborhood,
    A person that
    You meet each day.

    A rattling is heard from a nearby trash can. The lid flies open, and Oscar the Grouch pokes his head out.

    Oscar: What is with all this singing?

    Bob: Oh, hi, Oscar.

    Luis: Hi, Oscar.

    Bob: We were just introducing these nice folks to some of the people in the neighborhood.

    Oscar: Well, do it away from my trash can!

    Bob: Oh, Oscar! Do you have to be such a grouch?

    Oscar: Of course, I do!

    (sung)

    If you are grumpy or
    You're sad,
    And everybody makes you mad,
    You smile when there's people
    Screamin' "Ouch!"
    Well, I am sure that you're a Grouch.

    Bob:

    I guess a grouch is a person
    In your neighborhood.

    Oscar:

    In your neighborhood.

    All Three:

    He's in your neighborhood.

    Bob:

    Now, let's meet more of the people
    In your neighborhood,
    The people that
    You meet each day.

    The whole cast enters.

    All:

    Oh, we are the people
    In your neighborhood.
    In your neighborhood.
    We're in your neighborhood.
    Oh, we are the people
    In your neighborhood,
    The people that you meet
    When you're walking down the street,
    We're the people that
    You meet each day!
  2. AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    Aww, this story looks cute! I've never thought of Sesame Street as a Broadway musical before. This is a neat idea, keep up the good work.

    ~ AnimatedC
  3. The Count Moderator

    Well... Where'd ya think Avenue Q came from? Heh... :grouchy:

    Scoot, tis a good thing to see ya posting some sort of fic again. Please, keep it going as I enjoyed and feel others will too once they find this gem.
    :super:
  4. Super Scooter New Member

    Thanks! You might want to glance at it again real quick. I added a narrator. The story will work out better with a narrator to keep everything on track.

    :)
  5. Super Scooter New Member

    Hehe! Nice. Actually, the story goes kinda "Avenue Q-ish", but in a more Sesame Street way.

    :wisdom:
  6. AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    OMG, Kermit! *hugs the little frogy narrator* I love his part!
  7. The Count Moderator

    *Applauds the inclusion of froggy babbieee. Post more, please!
  8. Super Scooter New Member

    Scene Three

    Location: Sesame Street

    Time: Later that Afternoon

    At Rise: Grover stands alone on the far side of the stage. He is holding a postcard. Luis is standing to the left of Hooper's Store, Herry Monster is looking out the window of Hooper's Store. Gordon and Bob are standing to the left of 123 Sesame Street, and Telly Monster is in front of Oscar's trash can. Kermit enters, and turns to the audience.


    Kermit: So now that you've met a few of our friends around here, let's get into our story. Now, you might have noticed Grover in that last number, but we didn't really introduce him to you yet. So, here's Grover. Now, Grover has a friend over in New Zealand. She moved there a little while ago, and she and Grover are pen pals. Grover just got a new postcard from her...

    Kermit leaves the stage.

    Grover: Oh, what a good postcard! It is so nice to hear from my friend, Amy, again. Oh, I wish I could share this with somebody. (calling out) Maria! Maria! Come quick!

    Maria races on stage, worried.

    Maria: What is it, Grover? What's wrong?

    Grover: Hi, Maria.

    Maria: Hi, Grover. What happened? What'd you call me for?

    Grover: Oh, I wanted to share this postcard with you.

    Maria: A postcard?

    Grover: Mmm-hmm.

    Maria: Grover, I thought there was something wrong the way you shouted for me!

    Grover: Oh, I am sorry. I just wanted to share my new postcard with somebody. I got excited.

    Maria: It's okay, Grover. Go ahead.

    Grover: Oh, thank you.

    (sung)

    I just got a postcard,
    Do you know what it says?
    "How are you?
    I am fine.
    It is cold.
    Love, Amy."

    Maria: That's very nice, Grover.

    Grover: Thank you! Bye, Maria!

    Maria: Bye!

    Grover exits. Maria walks over to Luis.

    Maria:

    (sung; to Luis)

    Grover got a letter,
    Do you know what it said?
    "Hello, Grover.
    How are you?
    I am fine.
    It is cold.
    Love, Amy."

    Luis: He finally heard from her, huh?

    Maria: I guess so. Bye, Luis!

    Maria exits. Herry approaches Luis.

    Herry: What was that all about?

    Luis:

    Grover heard from Amy,
    Do you know what she said?
    "Howdy, Grover.
    How are things?
    I'm okay.
    Please write soon.
    It is cold!
    Love, Amy."

    Herry: Gee, that's terrible.

    Luis: What?

    Herry: Bye, Luis!

    Herry walks over to Gordon and Bob.

    Herry: Bob! Gordon!

    (sung)

    Grover heard from Amy,
    Do you know what she said?
    "Hiya, Grover.
    How's your face?
    Caught a cold.
    Fought a cold.
    Dreadful cold.
    Please write soon.
    Love, Amy."

    Herry exits.

    Bob:

    Seems like Amy has a cold and fever.

    Gordon:

    Guess she'll have to spend a week in bed.

    Bob:

    She might even have to see a doctor.

    Both:

    That's what Grover said!

    Telly has just overheard all of this...

    Telly: Oh, no! Susan! Susan, come quick!

    Susan enters.

    Susan: What is it, Telly?

    Telly:

    (sung)

    Grover said that Amy
    Was staying out of school.
    He said she was very sick,
    Caught a cold,
    Weeks in bed.
    Poor Amy.

    Susan: Wow. I'm sorry to hear that.

    Big Bird enters.

    Big Bird: Hear what?

    Susan:

    Grover said that Amy's
    Feeling very bad.
    Got the measels
    And the mumps,
    Chicken pox,
    Plus the flu,
    Sneezing too!
    Poor Amy!

    Susan exits, shaking her head. Big Bird turns to the audience.

    Big Bird:

    I just heard that Amy
    Could use some cheering up.
    She is in the hospital,
    Broken bones,
    Awfully scared,
    Needs our help.
    Let's go there!
    Poor Amy.

    (spoken) Come on, everybody!

    Susan, Maria, Luis, Telly, Herry, Gordon and Bob all gather around Big Bird.

    Bob: What is it, Big Bird?

    Herry: What's going on?

    Big Bird: Pack your things! Let's go visit Amy!

    Gordon: Good idea!

    Susan: Let's go!

    Grover enters.

    Grover: Wait, wait, wait! Where are you all going?

    Bob:

    (sung)

    You said Amy had an operation.

    Susan:

    Can't eat peanuts, can't drink soda pop.

    Grover: What?

    All but Grover:

    She might take till April to recover!
    You said, so you're---

    Grover: (shouts) Stop! (speaks) You are all acting so very silly! There is nothing wrong with Amy. Here. Listen.

    (sung)

    I just got a postcard,
    That is all I said.
    "How are you?
    I am fine.
    It is cold.
    Love, Amy."

    All:

    He just got a postcard,
    That is all it said.
    All the rest
    We made up.
    Amy's fine.
    We're so glad
    'Cause we...
    Love Amy!

    As the song ends, the cast starts arguing over who started the rumor that Amy was ill. Kermit enters.

    Kermit: And so, while our friends argue here, let us see what is happening elsewhere...
  9. Super Scooter New Member

    Just on a side note, this is really just an adaptation. Kinda just taking songs and working them into a storyline.
  10. The Count Moderator

    Yes... And it's coming along nicely. Please, don't stop. Do wop, oh wait, that's another song. Um, more please?
  11. Super Scooter New Member

    Scene Four


    Location: Ernie and Bert's Living Room

    Time: Shortly after Scene Three

    At Rise: Ernie is sitting in his chair, resting his head on his hand, thinking. Kermit stands in the foreground.


    Kermit: Now, this is Ernie, in case you didn't know already. Ernie lives in this little apartment along with his best friend, Bert. This is stuff you probably know already, but we like to keep everything covered. (to Ernie) Hey, Ernie, you look kinda sad, pal.

    Ernie: Well... that's because I am kind of sad.

    Kermit: (to audience) I'll let Ernie explain why that is to you folks in the audience. I have a long trip to get to the next scene.

    Kermit exits.

    Ernie: Even the narrator won't stay and talk to me. I'm not really all that sad. I just wish I had a game to play. And I wish I had someone around to play that game with.

    A door slams.

    Bert enters with a large bag of groceries.


    Bert: Ernie! Oh, Ernie!

    Ernie stands.

    Ernie: (cheerfully) Oh, it's my good ol' buddy Bert! Hello, Bert!

    Bert: Ernie, will you help me put the groceries away?

    Ernie: No can do, Bert! Because you and I are going to play a great game!

    Bert: ... Terrific.

    Ernie: Now, Bert--

    Bert: Ernie, I just really need you to help me put the groceries away. They're really - oof! - they're really heavy! Come on, Ernie.

    Ernie: But we've gotta play a game, Bert!

    Bert: Ernie!

    Ernie:

    (sung)

    Somebody come and play!

    Bert: What?

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and play today.

    Bert: I really can't do this right now, Ernie. I have to put the--

    Bert starts to walk away, but Ernie stops him.

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and
    Smile the smiles,
    And sing the song.
    It won't take long.

    Bert: Ernie!

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and play today.

    Bert: Ernie, I really don't have time for this!

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and play.
    Somebody come and
    Play my way.
    Somebody come and
    Rhyme the rhymes,
    And laugh the laughs.
    It won't take time.

    Bert: No!

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and play today.

    Somebody come with me and
    See the pleasure in the wind.
    Somebody see the time is
    Getting late to begin.

    Somebody come and play.

    Bert: Grrrr!

    Ernie:

    Somebody come and play today.
    Somebody come and
    Be my friend
    And watch the sun
    Till it rains again.
    Somebody come and play today.

    Ernie grabs ahold of Bert's arm and starts dancing around the room with him.

    Bert: Ack! Ernie! What are you doing?

    Ernie:

    La la la, la la la.
    La la la, la la la la la la.
    La la la la, la la la la.

    Bert: Ernie! I'm going to - I'm going to drop the groceries! Stop it!

    Ernie: (cont'd)

    La la la la, la la la la la.
    La la la, la la la, la la.

    Ernie lets go of Bert. Bert is visibly starting to get into this.

    Bert: Well, that... that was kind of fun.

    Ernie:

    Somebody come with me and
    See the pleasure in the wind.
    Somebody see the time is getting
    Late to begin.

    Bert: Oh, yes!

    Bert opens his arms out wide, the groceries go flying.

    Bert:

    (sung)

    Somebody come and play!
    Somebody come and play today!
    Somebody come and
    Be my friend
    And watch the sun
    Till it rains again.

    Ernie and Bert:

    Somebody come and play today!

    Bert: Oh, wow! Oh, boy, that was fun! Ernie, what a good idea. We should play a game. What kind of game did you want to play?

    Ernie: Well... Well, gee, Bert, I don't really know. Let me think about it a little, Bert. Hmm. What kind of game to play? I'm gonna go look around Bert. See ya.

    Ernie exits.

    Bert: Well, I... Oh, well. I guess I'll just put the groceries awa---

    Bert sees the mess the groceries left when they flew out of his hands.

    Bert: (shouts) Ernie! ! ! !
  12. AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    *laughs at poor Bert's misfortune* XD

    Coming along great! Have a safe trip to the next scene, Kermit!

    ~ AnimatedC
  13. Super Scooter New Member

    Kermit: Okay! I -- oof! .... I tripped.
  14. AnimatedC9000 Well-Known Member

    O_O! *helps Kermit up* I think you're gonna be okay for the rest of the way. *gives the frog a chocolate chip cookie (with flies, minus the chocolate chips)* Oh, well... movin' right along to the next scene.

    I hope Kermit makes it to the next scene in one peice... after all, he still has a ways to go.
  15. redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    Aww, this is so cute! I can totally see this as a Broadway musical! I'd like to see more!
  16. Super Scooter New Member

    Scene Five


    Location: Inside the Count Von Count's Castle

    Time: A dark and stormy night

    At Rise: The Count is sitting in his chair, gazing out the window. Kermit enters, out of breath.


    Kermit: Phew! What a hike. Oh. *ahem* Now, we take you high up on a hill, to a dark castle somewhere in the middle of... central park. Anyway, it was a dark and stormy night there, but this actually takes place around the same time as the last scene. While Ernie was off trying to find a game to play with Bert, we find the Count Von Count alone in his castle...

    Kermit exits.

    The Count lets out a lonely sigh, then stands. A bat lands on his shoulder. Roma music begins to play.


    The Count: Ah, Misha. How are you this evening, my dear? Would you like to count with me?

    The Count and his bat dance around the room, counting things.

    The Count:

    (sung)

    Counting is wonderful.
    Counting is marwelous.
    Counting's the best thing to do.
    Counting is happiness.
    Counting is ecstasy.
    I love to count, don't you?

    You can count when you're happy.
    (One, two, three, four.)
    You can count when you're sad.
    (One, two, three, four, five.)
    Or count when you're frightened!
    (One, two, three, four, five, six.)
    Count when you're mad.
    (One, two, three, four, five, six, sewen, eight, nine. Argh!)

    Counting is wonderful.
    Counting is marwelous.
    Counting's terrific and how!
    I am pleased to announce
    You can add up amounts.
    Put some bounce in your life and
    Start counting now!

    (spoken) Ah, yes, counting is wonderful. Isn't it, Misha? Ah, but Misha cannot count. She is just a bat. You know, as wonderful as counting is, it is always much more fun with two. Ah, I could count all day long alone, but... sometimes, I wish there were just someone else here to count with.

    (sung; sadly)

    Counting is wonderful.
    Counting is marwelous.
    Counting's terrific and how!
    I am pleased to announce
    You can add up amounts.
    Put some bounce in your life and
    Start counting now.

    The Count's echo: Counting now!

    Kermit enters.

    The Count: Ah, it is so lonely here in my castle. I wish I had someone else to count with.

    Kermit: Hi, there!

    The Count: Ah, Mr. the Frog! How wonderful you could join us, my friend. Would you like to count with me?

    Kermit: Er, actually, Count, I kind of have a story to tell. Otherwise, I'd be glad to.

    The Count: I see.

    Kermit: What is it that makes you count all the time, anyway, Count?

    The Count: Arithmomania?

    Kermit scrunches his face.

    Kermit: I don't think most of the audience will get that.

    The Count: Well, it is somewhat of a rare disorder.

    Kermit: Er, yeah. Anyway, Count, it was nice talking to you, but I have to be going now.

    Kermit hops off stage.

    The Count: Good-bye, Mr. Froggy. Oh, I wish I had someone to count with.
  17. The Count Moderator

    *Echo of strong applause from the fiends in the ghoulery.
    *All are cheering for the master, from Uncle D to Fughetta to even Mulch and his gar-goyle.

    Maybe you should give Countess Dahling a ring, just try to get the call through instead of counting the rings before anyone picks up. Then again, that might prove difficult what with the possibility of Ernie having been hired by her in the same way as that old sketch.
    Marwelous... Please sir, post more.
  18. Super Scooter New Member

    Scene Six


    Location: Sesame Street, Park

    Time: A week later

    At Rise: Prairie Dawn is sitting at her toy piano, tapping out a tune.


    Prairie Dawn: La la la, la la la la la la LA! Oh, dear. That doesn't sound right. La la la...

    Bruno enters, carrying Oscar the Grouch.

    Oscar: Hey, Prarie Dawn, what are you doing?

    Prairie: Hello, Oscar. I'm trying to come up with my next pageant.

    Oscar: Yeah? Well, it sounds pretty rotten! He he.

    Prairie: Oh, Oscar. That's mean!

    Oscar: Hey! If it sounds rotten, then it's music to my ears. Come on, Bruno. On to the dump.

    Bruno: Sure, boss.

    Bruno and Oscar exit.

    Prairie: Oh, dear. I'm afraid he's right. It does sound pretty rotten.

    Kermit enters.

    Kermit: Well, if you're wondering why Prairie's making all that rotten - er, all that music, it's because she has a pageant coming up on Sunday night, and she still hasn't prepared anything for it yet. (to Prairie Dawn) Hey, Prairie, how's it coming along?

    Prairie: Miserable. I'll never get it right.

    Kermit: That's how I suspected. (to audience) If you think this is bad, she has another pageant coming up in the next couple of weeks.

    Prairie: I don't know what I'm going to do for that either. It is pointless.

    Big Bird and Snuffleupagus enter.

    Big Bird: Hi, Prairie Dawn.

    Snuffy: Hi, Prairie.

    Prairie: (down) Oh, hello, Big Bird. Hello, Snuffy.

    Big Bird: Snuffy and I were going to go play. You should join us!

    Prairie: I can't. I have to finish working on this.

    Big Bird: Gee, what are you doing?

    Prairie: I'm trying to come up with a song for the pageant.

    Kermit: We're bringing it out here for the third time, just in case you didn't get it yet.

    Big Bird: Well, we can help!

    Snuffy: Yeah!

    Prairie: You would do that for me?

    Big Bird: Sure! We are your friends.

    Prairie: That's nice, but, I don't even know where to start.

    Gordon, Bob and Susan enter.

    Gordon: Hello, Big Bird. Hi, Prairie Dawn. Hi, Snuffy.

    Susan: What are you all doing?

    Big Bird: We're helping Prairie Dawn come up with a song for the pageant!

    Kermit: That's the fourth time, folks.

    Kermit exits.

    Prairie: And it's not coming along too well. I should just give up.

    Bob: Don't say that, Prairie Dawn.

    Gordon: Yeah, you just have to believe in yourself a little. Right?

    Bob and Susan: Right.

    All Three:

    (sung)

    Oh, you can be what you wanna be.
    See what you wanna see.
    Believe in yourself.
    Believe in yourself.
    Go where you wanna go.
    Do what you wanna do.
    Believe in yourself.
    Believe in yourself.

    Bob:

    Some folks try to tell you
    There are things you shouldn't do.

    Susan:

    You're not big enough or smart enough at all.

    Gordon:

    But what seems right to them
    Quite often might be wrong for you.

    All Three:

    So be sure you try to climb
    Before you get too scared you'll fall.

    Oh, you can be what you wanna be.
    Learn what you wanna learn.
    Believe in yourself.
    Believe in yourself.
    Try what you need to try.
    No one should question why.
    Believe in yourself.
    Believe in yourself.

    Susan:

    Folks may say you're different,
    That you've gone and lost your senses.

    Gordon:

    But the world is yours to walk in.
    Go ahead and leap the fences,
    And you'll see.

    Bob:

    Believe in yourself!

    All Three:

    And the world belongs to you and me!

    The song starts to build up.

    All but Prairie Dawn:

    Oh, you can be what you wanna be.
    Learn what you wanna learn.
    Believe in yourself!
    Believe in yourself!
    Try what you need to try.
    No one should question why.
    Believe in yourself!
    Believe in yourself!

    Big Bird:

    Folks may say you're different,
    That you've gone and lost your senses.

    Gordon:

    But the world is yours to walk in.
    Go ahead and leap the fences,
    And you'll see!

    All:

    Believe in yourself,
    And the world belongs to you and me!

    Susan: (spoken) Does that help you at all, Prairie Dawn?

    Prairie: Oh, thank you all so much. I think know exactly what to do now!

    They all exit as Ernie enters.

    Ernie: Gee, I hope I can find a game to play with Bert.

    Kermit enters.

    Kermit: Ernie, you're still looking for a game?

    Ernie: Yeah. Any of the games I found... well, I've already played them all.

    Ernie exits.

    Kermit shrugs his shoulders and exits as Grover enters.

    Grover: Maria! Oh, Maria!

    Maria enters.

    Maria: Yes, Grover?

    Grover: Oh, Maria, Amy said she was going to send me another postcard today. Do you know if it came yet?

    Maria: I didn't see it, Grover. But I could check for you.

    Grover: Oh, thank you, Maria!

    Maria exits.

    Grover: That is so nice of Maria, don't you think? I hope I got my postcard today. I really like hearing from my friend, Amy. She is so sweet! I like Amy. You know something? Maria taught me a Spanish phrase for when you like somebody. Do you know what it is? Well, let me tell you.

    (sung)

    Tu me gustas.
    That means I like you.
    I really like you.
    Me gustas tu.
    I like to see your face,
    I like to hear your voice,
    I like to see you smile the way you do.

    Tu me gustas.
    That means I like you.
    I really like you.
    Me gustas tu.
    And so y espero,
    Que yo te guste tu.
    And that means that I hope you like me
    Like I like you.

    Maria enters.

    Maria: I'm sorry, Grover, but you didn't get any mail today.

    Grover: I... I did not get anything?

    Maria: No, I'm sorry, Grover.

    Grover: That is okay, Maria. Thank you.

    Maria exits.

    Grover:

    (sung; sadly)

    Tu me gustas.
    That means I like you.
    I really like you.
    Me gustas tu.
    And so y espero,
    Que yo te guste tu.
    And that means that I hope you like me
    Like I like you.
  19. The Count Moderator

    Aw... Nice to see Prairie and Grover. Two songs in one scene... It's coming along great, don't stop! No don't stop! Do wop de... Oh sorry, wrong song again.
  20. Super Scooter New Member

    Scene Seven


    Location: Sesame Street, Park

    Time: Sunday Afternoon

    At Rise: Prairie Dawn, Big Bird and Snuffy are adding some finishing touches to the scenery and stage for tonight's pageant. There are some chairs scattered around, not yet lined up for their audience.

    Kermit enters.


    Kermit: Prairie Dawn, Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus busily worked to get everything ready for tonight's big show. (to Big Bird) How's everything going over there?

    Big Bird: Oh, just great! We're busily working to get everything ready for tonight's big show!

    Kermit: (to audience) Ya see what I mean?

    Kermit sits off to the side of the stage.

    Prairie Dawn: Oh, good! Everythng's finally coming together.

    Cookie Monster pokes his head out from behind the stage.

    Cookie: You need me help with anything?

    Prairie: Oh, Cookie Monster! Yes, would you mind arranging the seating for us?

    Cookie: Oh, me only too happy to! Ah, yum-yum-yum-yum!

    Cookie starts eating one of the chairs.

    Prairie: No, Cookie Monster, I said "seating!" Not "eating." Oh, dear.

    Cookie: Oop. Me sorry. Urp! ... 'scuse me.

    Kermit: That's about the time when the Count Von Count came along...

    The Count enters.

    Kermit: Ya see, the Count decided he was going to try to find one of his friends on Sesame Street to go counting with him.

    The Count: Prairie Dawn! Big Bird! Mr. Snuffleupagus! You are the wery people I wanted to see!

    Big Bird: We are? "The wery people?"

    The Count: Yes, the wery people I came all the way from my home to wisit. Miss Prairie Dawn, will you count with me?

    Prairie: I'm sorry, Count, but I'm very busy painting this background for my pageant this evening. I just don't have the time.

    The Count: Not to worry, my little friend. We can count the brush strokes! One brush stroke! Two brush strokes! Three bursh strokes, I lowe it! Ah, ah, ah!

    Lightning strikes in the distance.

    Prairie: Er, no, I'm sorry, Count. I just think that would be too distracting.

    The Count: Oh, I see. How about you, Big Bird? Will you count with me?

    Big Bird: I'd love to count, Count! ... Oh... But I promised Prairie Dawn that I'd help her here.

    The Count: Ah, not to worry, Big Bird. Mr. Snuffleupagus will help me count, won't you, Mr. Snuffleupagus?

    Snuffy: Oh, dear. I'm sorry, Mr. Count. I can't count right now either.

    The Count: Oh. Wery well, then.

    Prairie: I'm sorry, Count.

    The Count: No! Do not worry about the Count. I will find someone to count with.

    Ernie rushes through.

    The Count: Oh, Ernie! Would you---

    Ernie: Sorry, Count, I can't talk now! I'm looking for a game to play!

    The Count: Well, we can play a counting game!

    Ernie: I think I've played all the counting games.

    The Count: Oh, yes, I see.

    Ernie: Sorry. Gotta run. Bye!

    Ernie exits.

    The Count sighs.


    The Count: Will nobody count with me?

    The Count exits, stage right.

    Zoe enters, stage left.


    Zoe: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven! Seven rocks!

    Zoe giggles. Lightning strikes in the distance.

    Zoe: Oh, that never happened before. (calling off stage) Elmo! Oh, Elmo!

    Elmo enters.

    Elmo: What is it, Zoe?

    Zoe: Oh, Elmo, you should count with me, I'm having a lot of fun!

    Elmo: Yeah? Oh, but Elmo doesn't want to count right now, Zoe. Elmo wants to go play ball.

    Zoe: Oh, please, Elmo? Please count with me, Elmo.

    Elmo: No, no, no. Elmo wants to go play ball. Elmo already told Miles he would. Will you play ball with Elmo?

    Zoe: ... Okay, Elmo. I'll play ball with you.

    Elmo: Yay!

    Elmo exits.

    Zoe: Gee, I really wanted to just count rocks.

    Zoe exits.

    Kermit: And so, Prairie Dawn and her friends prepared for the pageant...

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