Amanda Brandas, choreographer for the show, brought her two sons, Elijah Brandas, 9, and Alex Brandas, 5, to the pancake breakfast.
“They have been a part of theater productions for a while now,” Brandas said of her sons. “I guess (it) is probably old hat to them now.”
The meet-the-characters breakfast was the brainchild of Jill Reed, a member of the theater’s board of directors.
“I guess I came up with the idea,” Reed recalled. “It just seemed to be a good thing to do to get kids out and get people excited about the production.”
Applebee’s offered to give the Orpheus Theatre part of the proceeds of the breakfast sales. The restaurant chain hosts fundraiser breakfasts for sports teams, community organizations and other not-for-profit groups.
“It is a good fundraiser for us and it also gets people interested,” director Benjamin Burke explained. “I hope that some of the people who came out to the breakfast will be excited about going to see Shrek next weekend.”
The fundraiser was a success, said Orpheus board President Kathy Tobiassen.
“We were very pleased with how our fundraiser went,” Tobiassen said Sunday. “We didn’t have a good sense for how many people we would have ... we pre-sold about 80 tickets, and the rest were walk-ins. We had 152 guests, and made a bit over $1,200.”
Besides making money to support the theater company, Tobiassen said the event was a lot of fun.
“The event went as well as we imagined it would, a wonderful, happy crowd, enjoying their interactions with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Lord Farquaad, as well as their delicious pancakes,” Tobiassen noted. “We had cast members from ‘Shrek’ working the breakfast, with the wonderful help from the Applebee’s staff. Everyone had a lot of fun, and we hope to do a similar event for an appropriate show next season.”