When my two brothers and I were very young, my mother made little hand puppets out of felt to reenact the story of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." On rainy days, she would pull them out and instruct us how to do a puppet show. We even made a puppet theater out of a big cardboard box with red curtains and everything! My brothers often fought over who would get to play the troll and who would be the biggest billy goat who gets to knock the troll off the bridge. This was my inspiration to create the mini musical.
Back when I was in college, (there's that phrase again) I got to tour Scandinavia with the BYU A cappella choir. I had previously done some study of Edvard Grieg's music and learned many of his songs and piano pieces. Touring his home in Bergen and traveling up the fjords into the stunning mountains made me feel a connection to his music and to the incredibly beautiful land of Norway. I couldn't resist using quotations from his music as I wrote my take on the "Three Billy Goats Gruff."
Along with my talented artistic daughter Katelyn, we created some wonderful visual aids and worksheets to help the elementary school teacher use this 15 minute mini musical in her classroom.
So excited that it will be performed this fall in Dallas Texas!