Review of Pancakes With Huck Finn at Performance Network Theatre

Disclaimer: Performance Network Theatre provided my daughter and I with tickets to the event in exchange for event promotion and a review. All opinions are our own.

On Sunday morning my daughter and I attended the Performance Network Theatre’s Pancakes with Huck Finn which was part of their Network Palooza Fundraising weekend. We had a great time at the event. Performance Network has run several breakfast/performance combinations over the past year. This was the first one that was a good match for our schedule and my daughter’s age. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for future pancake breakfast/performances at Performance Network.

Pancakes with Huck Finn at Performance Network Theatre Out Front

Pancake Breakfast

When we registered for Pancakes with Huck Finn, we had our choice of two breakfast seatings – 9a before the 10a performance or 10:45a after the performance. We opted for the 9a breakfast before the show. 

Food and Drink

There were pancakes, apples, oranges, and grapes. I was so glad that they had a fruit option as most pancake breakfasts don’t have a healthy offering. For beverages, they had coffee (Bearclaw Coffee), milk, orange juice, apple juice, water, and iced tea. We enjoyed our breakfast including seconds on the pancakes.


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Crafts

With an hour between the start of the breakfast and the performance, they provided crafts to occupy the kids. Each table had placemats and crayons. They also had other crafts for the kids once they were done eating. My daughter was very excited when she saw pipe cleaners. As she was eating she was telling me about the Pokemon character she planned to make from the pipe cleaners. Once she was done eating, she climbed into the bay windows with the other kids to work on her crafts. They also had beads and lacing to make necklaces or bracelets.

Fundraising

Network Palooza weekend is a fund raiser for Performance Network Theatre. Pancakes with Huck Finn was just one of several events held over the weekend. They were running a 50/50 raffle over the weekend and a silent auction. I entered both the raffle and made some bids in the silent auction for tickets for various theatre groups around town. Both the raffle and the auction wrapped up later on Sunday so the winners were not announced when I left. I haven’t heard anything on either the raffle or the auction, so I guess I didn’t win. 

Performance

Historian Wayne David Parker performed his one man play Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. He performs as Huck Finn and tells select stories from both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I always enjoyed the stories of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. My daughter has enjoyed Tom Sawyer Island at Disney World and Disneyland, so I was excited for her to hear some of the stories. 

Pancakes with Huck Finn at Performance Network Theatre Performance Fruit

At several points in the show, the kids were hysterically laughing at the antics of Tom and Huck. At 9 my daughter was the perfect age for the performance, but even the younger kids in the audience seemed to enjoy it and be able to pay attention. The performance ran about 35 minutes. 

 

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