Once Upon a Breakfast


Photo of Fairytale breakfast from when the event was last held. Photo provided by Kimberley Pereboom

Once Upon A Time, in a Drama Department not too far away, there was a grand plan for a breakfast.

This coming Saturday, Nov. 12, Kennedy Drama Department is set to have one of their largest fundraisers of the year, The Fairytale Breakfast. This event helps to raise money for future production costs, including lights, costumes, and set.

“For our spring musicals we always go full out with our set designs so this event really benefits our drama department,” Michael Shea, sr., said.

The breakfast hosts a variety of different activities, from a book nook to a crafting table.

“It is truly amazing because the kids really believe that they are getting to spend a day with the characters,” Ferin Bergin, jr., said.

Children can even get their face painted. Maryn DeVore, sr., was placed in charge of the makeup for the fall play and she has been, once again, placed in control of the face painting station. DeVore hopes to include makeovers as a part of the face painting, and is working with event organizers to gather children’s makeup in time for the breakfast on Saturday.

“It’s kind of like the Bippity Boppity Boutique at Disney World. We will be face painting and putting hair into braids and buns,” DeVore said.

One of the standout features of the Fairytale Breakfast is the ball held at the end. For the last two hours of the event, Kennedy’s Black Box theater is open for a dance party with the costumed characters.

“The Black Box theatre is transformed completely into a magical ball, with sparkling lights all across the ceiling. It is beautiful and I am always in awe every time I see it decorated,” Bergin said.

Students participating in the breakfast as characters mingle throughout the event, taking pictures and going around socializing. Certain characters also are scheduled to perform throughout the breakfast, singing recognizable songs.

“I’m playing Peter Pan, and I’m singing the song ‘You Can Fly.’ I’m really excited because I like making kids feel like they’re a part of the fairytale world,” Shea said.

“The characters have just as much fun as the kids, it’s really a blast for everyone. Making the kids happy makes me feel like the happiest person in the world,” Bergin said.