I wrote this article for JMC 054: Reporting and Writing Principles, on March 29, 2016. Click the button below to view it.
Students, faculty, and members of the Drake community experienced the Malaysian culture on Saturday in Parent’s Hall at Olmsted Center. Patrons with a Drake ID were able to go to Malaysian Night for $10, while patrons without a Drake ID had to pay $12. The doors to this event opened at 5:30 p.m. Before the show started, patrons helped themselves to appetizers available right outside the north entrance, and traditional Malaysian music was played to set the mood for the night.
The opening ceremony started at 6 p.m. During the ceremony, the hosts of the event explained the play patrons would see that night. The play presented challenges one might experience in life such as starting school, having a friend move away, and post-university employment. This play also educated the audience about Malaysian history and culture as well through scenes in classrooms. During the production, the cast made various references to modern pop culture, though the play takes place from the ‘60s to the ‘90s.
An intermission started at 7 p.m., and during the intermission, patrons were treated to a Malaysian buffet complete with chicken curry with potatoes, stir-fried radish cake, roti canai with dhal, and many others. There were three raffles held during the evening with prizes including Jethro’s gift cards, Subway gift cards, Visa gift cards, Sony headphones, instant-print digital cameras, and a portable speaker.
The second act of the play started at 8 p.m., and during this act, dancers performed traditional dances at certain points during the production. The closing ceremony started at 8:40 p.m. where another raffle took place along with the hosts thanking everyone for coming out for the evening.
After the event, patrons exited Parent’s Hall to discuss the evening. “My best friend was the lead [in the play], so that was a lot of fun watching her do that,” student Julia Wolf said when asked about her favorite part of the evening.
Student Clay Pasqual said his favorite part of the production was a line spoken by an actor. “I think [my favorite] part [was] where Sarah dropped to her knee and said, ‘It must be because I fell in love.’”
This is an annual event, so if you missed it, there’s always next year.