A breakfast and stage show will take place at the old Upper Valley Mall Cinema on Saturday to raise money for a mentoring program at Tecumseh High School.
Pancakes will be served and “How The Grinch Stole Breakfast” will be performed starting at 10 a.m. The show is sponsored by the Family and Youth Initiatives and Charitable Recycling. A second breakfast and show will start at 11:30 a.m.
The show is aligned with a Charitable Recycling giveaway. Different items previously donated to Charitable Recycling will be on display and those who come can simply take what they want.
“People can come in and have breakfast with the Grinch and then enjoy kind of a small show with the Grinch and a few other characters,” Grinch actor Lucas Keeran said. “They will also have an opportunity to go to a small theater and watch the cartoon version of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’”
Tickets to the breakfast cost $7 with children 2 and younger admitted free. A group of five can come to the event for $25.
The money will go toward a mentoring program at Tecumseh High School, coordinator Julie Driskill said.
“We work with the high school and students after school once a week,” Driskill said. “We do leadership training, skill training with them and on top of that, we do service and community projects in the area.”
The students also visit the middle school to talk with students there and to help develop them into young leaders as well, Driskill said. The mentoring program is typically paid for by a grant, she said, but the grant was denied this year.
A lot of hard work has been put into the show, said West Liberty High School actors Jason Council and Noah Council. They are volunteering their time to help the cause.
“We hope to have a lot of people show up,” Jason Council said. “It will be fun to interact with the little kids and see their faces. Usually you see Santa Clause at these events but now you can see the Grinch.”