Parts(7): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Lulu Mrs. Bell Mr. Thomas Mrs. Carter <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Narrator 1: DOUBLE TROUBLE IN WALLA WALLA By Andrew Clements Narrator 2: It was an ordinary Monday morning in Walla Walla‹until Lulu raised her hand in class. Lulu: "Mrs. Bell, I feel like a nit-wit. My homework is all higgledy-piggledy. Last night it was in tip-top shape, but now it's a big mish-mash." Narrator 3: Mrs. Bell said, Mrs. Bell: "Nit-wit? Higgledy-piggledy? Mish-mash? Lulu, stop that flip-flop chitter-chatter or you'll be in double trouble!" Narrator 1: Lulu said, Lulu: "But I'm not trying to flip-flop chit-chat. I just have an itty-bitty problem with my homework." Narrator 2: Mrs. Bell scowled. Mrs. Bell: "All right for you, Lulu. If you're going to shilly-shally and dilly-dally with all this fancy-schmancy yak-yak, then we'll just have to trit-trot down to the principal's office." Narrator 3: Mrs. Bell hurried Lulu down the hall, and they burst into the principal's office. Narrators 1, 2, 3: Hee-hee, Yak-yak, My-my, Blah-blah, Lookie-lookie, Shh-shh. Come, come. Narrator 1: Mr. Thomas said, Mr. Thomas: "What's all the hubbub about?" Narrator 2: Mrs. Bell said, Mrs. Bell: "Lulu's been trying to razzle-dazzle me with some kind of lippity-loppity jibber-jabber, and now I'm all helter-skelter myself.² Narrator 3: Mr. Thomas raised his eyebrows. Mr. Thomas: "Tut-tut, sounds like silly-willy hocus-pocus to me." Narrator 1: Mrs. Bell's mouth dropped open. She pointed to the principal and said, Mrs. Bell: "Eeeka-freaka! Lulu's got your tongue all topsy-turvy too!" Mr. Thomas: "Now, now, don't get the jim-jams, Mrs. Bell. Let's give the nurse a yoo-hoo." Narrator 2: Mr. Thomas picked up his phone and said, Mr. Thomas: "Mrs. Carter, I'm going to pitter-patter over to your office, okey-dokey?" Narrator 3: All three went across the hall to the nurse¹s office. Mr. Thomas said, Mr. Thomas: "Howdy-doody, Mrs. Carter. We're a little wacko-wacko. Lulu's got us talking this sing-song clap-trap like we're cuckoo!" Narrator 1: Mrs. Carter smiled at Lulu and said, Mrs. Carter: "Fiddle-faddle! Lulu and I are palsy-walsies. She wouldn't try that kind of phony-baloney, tutti-frutti flim-flam.² Narrator 2: Lulu and her teacher and the principal stared at the nurse. Lulu said, Lulu: "Wowie-zowie!" Narrator 3: Mrs. Bell said, Mrs. Bell: "Jeepers-creepers!" Narrator 1: And Mr. Thomas said, Mr. Thomas: "Holy-moly! You're in the same hodge-podge we are! I'd better give the superintendent a jingle-jangle‹chop chop!" Mrs. Carter: "Wait one ding-dang tick-tock!" Narrator 2: shouted the nurse. Mrs. Carter: "If you chit-chat with the big-wig, then he'll yak-yak like Lulu too! If we're not very, very hush-hush about this, there could be a mongo-mongo brain-drain, and everybody in Walla Walla will be talking like a herky-jerky ding-a-ling!" Narrator 3: Then the nurse turned to Lulu. Mrs. Carter: "Lulu, let's get to the nitty-gritty: When did all this mumbo-jumbo start?" Narrator 1: Lulu gulped. She said, Lulu: "In English class I had an itsy-bitsy problem with my homework, and then‹zip-zap‹ Mrs. Bell said talking like this was a no-no." Narrator 2: The nurse looked over the top of her glasses at Lulu. Mrs. Carter: "Something like this would not just happen willy-nilly. Now Lulu, think extra, extra hard, and tell me what you did yesterday." Lulu: "Well," Narrator 3: said Lulu, Lulu: "it was really a humdrum day. I was practicing ballet in my tutu, when my little brother Bobo asked me to play on the teeter-totter. We see-sawed until Bobo slipped off and got a boo-boo and started to boo-hoo. Mama and Papa came running pell-mell, so I went inside and splish-splashed in the rub-a-dub tub, and then hip-hopped into my cuddly-wuddly beddy-beddy. I said night-night to Mama and Papa and Bobo, and fell asleep in a snip-snap. That's all I did. Honest." Narrator 1: Mrs. Carter said, Mrs. Carter: "Lulu, it seems to me that you've opened up a knock'em sock¹em wibble-wobble word warp! I usually don't believe in this kind of hoodoo bunko-junko, but if it was going to happen anywhere, it would probably happen right here in Walla Walla!" Narrator 2: Mrs. Bell said, Mrs. Bell: "Let's not quibble-quabble, Mrs. Carter. I'm getting the heebie-jeebies from all this razzmatazz! What can we do?" Mrs. Carter: "We should say all the rootin'-tootin', crink'em-crank'em, woolly-bully words we can think of. Maybe that will clear the air and close the warp! Worth a try?" Narrator 3: asked Nurse Carter. Mr. Thomas said, Mr. Thomas: "Aye-aye!" Narrator 1: Mrs. Bell said, Mrs. Carter: "Let's do-si-do!" Narrator 2: And Lulu said, Lulu: "Uh-huh!" Narrator 3: Nurse Carter closed the door to her office. Then she turned around and said, Mrs. Carter: "Lulu, let's get this harum-scarum show on the road!" Narrator 1: Lulu stood right up and blurted out, Lulu: "Ticky-tacky, knick-knack, koochie-koochie-koo, hubba-hubba, rodger-dodger, ooey-gooey-goo!" Narrator 2: Mrs. Carter cleared her throat and said, Mrs. Carter: "Hugger-mugger, hobnob, pit-patter, bon-bon! Wishy-washy squish-squash handy-dandy mish-mosh!" Narrator 3: Mr. Thomas closed his eyes, and started slowly, but picked up speed. Mr. Thomas: "Eentsy-beentsy choo-choo, teeny-tiny hurdy-gurdy, roly-poly rag-tag, hurly-burly riff-raff. Rumble-tumble hip-hop, teenie-weenie pop-top, namby-pamby, hippy-dippy, hoity-toity hot-shot!" Narrator 1: And then Mrs. Bell stood up and took a deep breath. Mrs. Bell: "Putt-putt, vroom-vroom, honk-honk, zoom-zoom, zig-zag, clank-clank, slam-bam, fender-bender! Ringy-dingy, cling-clang, ring-a-ding, boing-boing, ring-a-ling, zing-zing, bing-bang-boom! Never-never wigwam, turkey-lurkey, tom-tom, tootsie-wootsie, tittle-tattle, tee-hee-hee!" Narrator 2: And then, without warning, words flooded the air! Narrator 3: Fuzzy-wuzzy, fuddy-duddy, loosey-goosey, lovey-dovey, kissy-kissy, huggy-huggy, rink-a-dink-a-doo, Gaga, rah-rah, go-go, so-so! Narrator 1: Frou-frou, goo-goo, pooh-pooh, woo-woo! Rinky-dinky arf-arf, argy-argy woof-woof, boogie-woogie, bow-wow, super-duper pooper-scooper! Narrator 2: Clippity-cloppity, hippity-hoppity, clickety-clackety, rickety-rackety! Narrator 3: Blah-blah-blah, baa-baa-baa, ha-ha-ha! Clip-clop, drip-drop, click-clack, rick-rack! Mrs. Carter: "Eager beaver, lucky ducky, comfy-domfy fat cat! Hee-haw, tweet-tweet, chirp-chirp, cheep-cheep, cluck-cluck, quack-quack, yuk-yuk-yuk!" Mr. Thomas: "Bozo! Yo-yo! Heyday! Mayday! Hokey-pokey, hanky-panky, Goody-goody yum-yum yummy-yummy tum-tum! Gimmee-gimmee gobble-gobble, jelly-belly dum-dum!" Lulu: "Cling-clang, ying-yang, ching-chang, wing-ding! Pow-wow, kowtow! Peg-weg" Mrs. Bell: "Voodoo boob-tube, muu-muu, pu-pu! Shoulda coulda woulda, betta hadda oughta! Ship-shape sump-pump! Achey-breaky doodad!" Lulu: "Fie-fie, my my, rag-bag, tie-dye! Beep-beep, ho-ho, paw-paw, dodo! Root-a-toot, zoot suit! Lookie-lookie, local-yokel!" Mr. Thomas: "Georgie Porgie, Hunca Munca, Henny Penny, Humpty Dumpty!" Narrator 1: And then, suddenly, silence. Narrator 2: Lulu, Mrs. Bell, and Mr. Thomas slumped into chairs, and Mrs. Carter flopped onto the cot against the wall. Narrator 3: Was it over? No one dared to speak. Lulu whispered, Lulu: "Mrs. Carter, may I please have a drink of water?" Narrator 1: Mrs. Carter sat up and said, Mrs. Carter: "Of course you may, dear." Narrator 2: Mrs. Bell smiled weakly at the principal and said, Mrs. Bell: "You were magnificent, sir." Narrator 3: Mr. Thomas perked up and smiled at everyone. He straightened his tie and said, Mr. Thomas: "I think we've done it, people!" Narrator 1: Mrs. Carter sat down at her desk and went back to checking over her posture records. Narrator 2: Mr. Thomas walked across the hall to his office and went back to the letter he was writing. Narrator 3: Lulu followed Mrs. Bell down the hallway and soon had her English homework all straightened out. Narrator 1: And after English it was just another ordinary Monday in Walla Walla. Lulu: "Bye-bye, Mrs. Ding-Dong." Mrs. Bell: "Ta-ta, Lulu."
Scripted by Jill Jauquet