A few lucky Linfield students had the chance to see the magic of Dr. Seuss brought to life and enjoy an exotic meal at an event organized by the Linfield Activities Board (LAB).
On May 12, nine Linfield students enjoyed the evening in McMinnville, eating dinner at Thai Country and watching “Seussical the Musical” at Gallery Theater, paying only $4 total.
“I told students that they could order anything on the menu, so we had a wide range of dishes including noodle dishes, stir fries, seafood, ice cream, Thai Iced Teas, rice dishes, and a lot more,” said senior Emily Jenkins, the on-campus programming chair.
Senior Matthea Brown signed up for the event because of how much she enjoys Thai Country.
“I ordered Yellow Chicken Curry and Pineapple Fried Rice with a Thai Iced Tea,” Brown said. “I shared my food with my friend Geoff who got Chicken Pad Thai. It was delicious and I highly recommend Thai Country to everyone I know.”
After enjoying dinner at Thai Country, the group headed to McMinnville’s Gallery Theater, on the corner of Ford and 2nd Street, to see “Seussical the Musical.”
“Seussical the Musical” is a popular Broadway musical, blending together characters and plots from many of Dr. Seuss’s books.
“It was a pleasant hodge-podge of many Seuss stories and it was fun to get to see characters from different stories interact with each other,” Brown said.
The main plot follows the story of “Horton Hears a Who,” but blends characters and events from other stories, such as “The Butter Battle Book,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
“The show was very entertaining,” Jenkins said. “There were a lot of talented children in the play, and lots of fun songs that kept me smiling the whole time.”
Members in the community, featuring many young children, put on the musical.
“They were all very cute and talented,” international student Cassie Wong said. “The main character Jojo was my favorite as she had an amazing voice and was able to memorize the many lines that were more like verse than normal conversation.”
Although the play is aimed at children and their parents, the Linfield students who saw the show were able to enjoy it as well.
“My favorite character was probably Horton, because he’s so honest, genuine and lovable,” Brown said.
Jenkins, Brown and Wong would all recommend “Seussical the Musical” to other Linfield students.
“I would recommend the musical for people who enjoyed Dr. Seuss books, or who still do, like me, and are looking for a fun family performance,” Jenkins said.
“Seussical the Musical” is playing at the Gallery Theater until May 26.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
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