It’s early, yet, but Opera Birmingham may just have already won Best Promotion of the upcoming arts season.
As part of its production of “The Billy Goats Gruff” on Oct. 7 at the Avondale Amphitheatre, visitors will be able to mingle with a true Internet superstar.
Billy the Kidd, the notorious goat who escaped his owner and spent nearly a week on the lam (lamb?) in Birmingham, Mountain Brook and Irondale, will appear following both performances (at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).
You can have your picture taken with him for $5 following the show, with proceeds going to BIly’s upkeep. (In other words, Billy is cashing in on his fame, and why not?)
If you’re not familiar with Billy’s exploits, the short version is he escaped his owner and was on the run for six days, with numerous sightings captured on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. He finally was caught at the Levite Jewish Community Center. You can check him out here on Facebook.
If you’re not familiar with the opera, it’s based on scenes from operas by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. It’s sung in English. Tickets for the performances are $10 (but free for children).