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November 27, 2007

Three Bully Goats Griff entertains large crowds


Three Billy Goats GruffA play on the famed children’s nursery Three Billy Goats Gruff, students at Cowley College entertained large audiences during the Children’s Theatre production of Three Bully Goats Griff Monday in the Robert Brown Theatre.

Nearly 600 kids attended the 9 a.m. performance and another 650 children were present for the afternoon performance. Today, Newkirk elementary school children will be in attendance, as will preschool children from USD 470. A school from Ponca City as well as the Arkansas City Christian Academy and Sacred Heart will also bring their students to see the play.

Today’s performances will take place at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. performance is open to the public. The cost is $2 or $1 with a non-perishable food item. The food items will be donated to Manna Ministries at First Baptist Church in Arkansas City.

The storyline is about three billy goats that want to get from one side of the bridge to the other. There is a nasty mean troll that blocks the bridge, so the three goats knock the troll off and assume control of the bridge. Eventually, the youngest billy goat, named Billy, ends up becoming a bully and knocks everyone off the bridge.

However, later, Billy accidentally gets knocked off the bridge and realizes that bullying is not good. The moral of the story is bullying is not good and it’s not good when people get hurt. It also shows that when you build a bridge you bring people together and we should all get along.

Tom Mason, who serves as director of the Children’s Theatre, felt the first day of the show was a success.
“I want to commend the students in the show because they had less than a month to put it together,” Mason said. “The quality of show we get in less than three weeks is outstanding.”

Here is a list of characters in the play and the Cowley student that played the part:

Belinda Griff (Billy)
Wilhelmina Griff
Fred Griff  
Dee Veloper
Polly Titian
Ismelda Slipper
Carrie Post
Student Director
Stage Manager
Joe Lauer
Lynlea Bartlett
Sarah Davidson
Darci Mann
Sean Rethmeier
Christopher A. Loftin
Kate Kearns
Dori Stevens
Lacy Bauman
Errol Lowry
Brady Flock