Billy Goat’s Gruff

Illustration courtesy of Sophie Smith

The Billy Goats Gruff tells the classic fairytale of the three billy goats with a contemporary twist, as it tackles the issue of bullying and promotes the power of kindness.   Perfect for K-6 grade students, this engaging 45-minute performance is set to recognizable melodies from some of opera’s most beloved composers, including Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.An after school game of hide and seek is ruined for three billy goat friends when a big bully blocks a bridge, preventing them from being able to go home. Remembering what their moms, dads and teachers have told them about dealing with bullies, two boy billy goats resolve to go home a different, longer way and share their difficulties with grownups. The littlest girl goat, however, not wanting to abandon the beloved doll that’s been snatched from her, tromps to the crest of the bridge and, confronting the bully, prevails by inadvertently pushing him into the creek below. Concerned for his well-being she shows her would-be adversary kindness by asking if he’s OK. He responds by asking if she’s OK. By the time the two boys return with help, she’s able to introduce a soggy, forlorn ex-bully as their new friend.

Sung in English, The Billy Goats Gruff costs $500 for one performance or $650 for two, back-to-back performances and includes a study guide. Requests for performances in the 2013-14 school year will be accepted after July 1, 2013.  Call Outreach Coordinator Lettie Smith at (408) 437-4464 or fill out an on-line booking form after July 1, 2013.