New Twist on Children’s Tale Teaches Timely Lesson

With a tweak and a twist, the children’s tale of the Billy Goats Gruff becomes a light-hearted, funny show which teaches a timely lesson about bullying. Green Bay’s Evergreen Children’s Productions (formerly Next Door Theatre) brings it’s touring production of The Three Bully Goats Griff to Third Avenue Playhouse for one performance on Saturday, February 23 at 2 pm.

Two toll trolls who are bickering on a bridge have a "falling out" after Billy, the smallest of three goats, decides to become a "bully goat." As if paying a toll to get across the bridge wasn’t bad enough, now anyone who dares to trip-trap over the bridge gets knocked off by Billy. Willy, the peace-loving medium-size sister, tries to talk Billy out of it, but alas, she ends up over the edge herself. Fred, the biggest of the three goats, just wants to eat grass on the other side and even unwittingly helps Billy just so he can eat sooner. At first it seems funny, but the unfairness of Billy’s bullying becomes more and more apparent as one innocent victim after another gets pushed off the bridge. Finally, pasture planner Dee Veloper, political candidate Polly Titian, prima ballerina Ismelda Slipper and mail person Carrie Post get together with the other victims to teach Billy a lesson.

Tickets for The Three Bully Goats Griff are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $3 for children under 12. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office, 239 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, 920.743.1760. Box office hours are from 10 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday and one hour prior to performances. Tickets are also available at the Dancing Bear, 13 N. Third Avenue or on-line at