The Wolf and the Seven Kid Goats: A Performance-based Educational Tool for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Open Access
Blashford, Mark William
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr. Renée Kredell, Thesis Supervisor
  • Susan B Russell, Honors Advisor
  • puppetry
  • Grimm
  • Sandusky
  • child abuse
  • education
  • puppet show
  • goats
The purpose of this project is to incite discussion through performance on issues that are not often discussed in a public forum while remaining educationally relevant to children as well as adults. The following thesis is a theatrical adaptation of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s classic fairytale, The Wolf and the Seven Kid Goats, as translated and edited by Maria Tratar in the 2004 Norton edition of The Annotated Brothers Grimm. It serves as both a comment on the Jerry Sandusky events as well as a dramatic demonstration of Darkness to Light’s 7 Steps to Protecting Our Children, A Guide for Responsible Adults (Darkness to Light 2007). The Wolf and the Seven Kid Goats has been adapted to an approximately thirty minute long puppet show tailored to the specific needs and intellectual capabilities of children, but remains accessible and enjoyable for adults as well.