What we did and when we did it. Sometimes.

What we did and when we did it. Sometimes. People, places and events to remember.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Billy Goats Gruff - A Boy and A Mask

My firstborn was in his very first school play today! He's following in my proud footsteps - my first role was in our second grade play, "Robin Hood." My line? "Look! An arrow! With a note on it!" Said while pointing dramatically at the aforementioned arrow. I remember that line, and my lines from our seventh grade Christmas production ("Pickwell Personnel Placement" etc.), and yet I can't remember why I walked upstairs a minute ago. Sigh ...

Evan was Billy Goat Gruff #2, and he had two lines in the show. He spoke with flair and used his arms to great effect. We thought he did a great job. I look forward to cheering him on in many more years of class productions!

My biggest challenge involved the costuming. He brought home a note from the teacher saying that we needed to provide a brown shirt, khaki pants, and a goat mask. You know, it's kind of hard to find a good (cheap) goat mask on short notice.  So I embarked on a quest to make my own.

Here's how I did it: First, I bought three zebra foam masks from the Target dollar spot. They also had elephants, but I thought a zebra was more adaptable. Less nose.
Then I bought a big pack of foam and a piece of posterboard. Traced the zebra mask onto the posterboard and considered the most crucial parts of the goat facial identity. Horns, ears and a long nose.  I cut off the zebra's ears, removed the grey nose, then added some pieces with foam, and tried to cover up stripes with marker.
I couldn't have done it without my assistant's encouragement and support.
You'll see that I decided that the marker areas didn't really work. I covered them up with foam, and voila! A billy goat. I ended up making three of these masks, and they used them all.
Evan graciously let Corrie pose for a photo op with his mask. It's nice to see his smile! I thought the masks turned out well, but I like the look of my boy better.


  1. I love it! Now I know why my hubby was so enthusiastic about your FB posts. :)

  2. Too cute! I love the look on your assistant's face! He is so serious! I tagged you today in my post 11 Random Things. Thanks!