DANVILLE — The next Devil-Dog matchup is not a competition, but a collaborative effort to raise money for the Danville and East Knox joint production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” All the cast and crew members will take part in “Breakfast with Belle.”
“Breakfast with Belle” will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the Danville Elementary cafeteria. It is open-house style, so folks can drop in anytime to enjoy pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice. There is a minimal cost.
Besides being a chance to further fund the production — as Disney shows can be costly to put on — the breakfast is a chance for the kids in both communities to have a good time, said music director Steve Butcher.
The East Knox and Danville students in the cast are already having a good time, as the News discovered at a rehearsal Tuesday evening.
“It’s kind of scary when there’s a lot of snow on the ground, because the easiest way to get here is back roads,” said East Knox’s Kayla Derrick. “I like it, though. It’s a lot of fun. It’s really cool meeting new people. I made a lot of new friends.”
Austin Russell, also of East Knox, said there was no Devil-Dog rivalry going on backstage. “It’s fun being able to act here, since at East Knox we can’t,” he said. “I was in the fall play here, too.”
Danville’s Mariah Cline said at first she was unsure as to how the cooperative venture would work because of the rivalry. “At first, we were sort of shy around each other and had our [Danville and East Knox] cliques,” she said. “Now we all mesh together.”
Kayla Lepley, in her first year at DHS, said she is having fun. “I like getting to know everybody,” she said.
East Knox actor Tony Gault said it is pretty cool how the two groups have meshed together. “It’s not like anyone is mean — everyone is nice, usually. It’s not like we are from different schools,” he said. “We’re all working together for the same thing, to put on a good production.”
“We were a little nervous coming into it as seniors,” said DHS student Paige Arthur. “We were worried that things wouldn’t be divided up. The directors didn’t let rivalries or anything get in the way when they cast the show. We all get along and we play some jokes on each other and especially the directors. It’s just all fun.”
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at 7 p.m. on March 2 and 3, in the Danville High School Auditorium. Tickets can be obtained by calling 599-6116, ext. 5419, or they will be available at the door. Admission will be free to the staffs of Danville and East Knox schools with valid identification.