The Beauty escapes her Beast to visit Dodge.

Belle, from the Depot Theater’s upcoming play “Beauty and the Beast,” is visiting the Dodge City Public Library and Depot Theater for the next couple weeks.

On Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m., the library will be serving breakfast with Belle, free to all kids wanting to attend.

“We thought that this would be something fun for the kids,” said Michael Blitz, public services librarian at DCPL. “Also, we wanted to promote local culture by promoting the Depot Theater.”

Breakfast will include french toast sticks, sausage, apple slices and juice boxes.

“Belle will read a story to the children and sing a song,” said Blitz. “There will be no skits from the play, but the story is the Beauty and the Beast tale told from the Beast's point of view.”

Blitz stated that the hope behind this event is that it will encourage the kids to love reading.

“We hope the children will have their imaginations stimulated,” he said “We also hope they will develop a love for stories.”

Additionally, Belle will make another appearance on Saturday, June 24 in the El Vaquero room located in the Historic Harvey House/Depot Theater at 2 p.m. for a tea party.

“The Depot will be transformed into an English garden with the help of Flowers by Irene,” said Sherry Polkinghorn, assistant director for the Depot. “We will be serving tea, sandwiches, cupcakes and ‘That Grey Stuff’, which is derived from a line in the play.”

High English Tea will also be served as well as lemonade for the younger attendees.

Tickets for tea with Belle are $20 per person. Additionally, all kids will receive a price or princess crown and have their photo taken with Belle.

“It’s a fun way to involve children. Who doesn't want to meet a Disney princess?” said Josh Roesener, board member of the Depot. “The goal is of course for people to have a great time at the theater. We are always trying to get more people, and new people, to visit us and see what we are about.”

Reservations are required for tea with Belle as seating is limited. Parents may come without a child, but children are to be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Polkinghorn at 620-225-1001 or by email at

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