Meet Cindy Lou Who

by | Dec 2023

Monica Xiong

Photo: Monica Xiong

This holiday season, the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) welcomes a local actress to its stage: Monica Xiong, 11, will play Cindy Lou Who in CTC’s production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

“This production is about the changing of the hardest of hearts, and Cindy Lou is the one who initiates that,” Monica says. “She shows love and kindness toward the Grinch when no one else does. The Christmas spirit can be found everywhere in the musical, even within those you might least anticipate.”

Monica began her acting career last year at CTC, where she participated in Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and An American Tail the Musical. On her return, she says, “Returning to Whoville, this time as Cindy Lou, fills my heart with gratitude. The experience has been enjoyable as I explore new perspectives, enabling me to fine-tune the skills I have learned and put them into practice now.”

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! runs through January 7. Find tickets and more information at


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