Maddi’s Fridge – Laxson Auditorium – California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico, is my alma mater. It is a beautiful campus. My favorite building on campus is Laxson Auditorium. It was built in 1930. It is so cool to see live performances here!

The balconies have long been closed for seating and fitted with modern lighting fixtures. I can imagine sitting up in one of them for a grand concert long ago.

The people in charge of scheduling Laxson Auditorium Field Trip Performances do an amazing job! I absolutely love taking my kids to these 1-hour long shows. This week, we had the opportunity to see Maddi’s Fridge, a play based on the picture book by the same title. The book was written by Lois Brandt and illustrated by Vin Vogel. Of course, we read the book a few times before we saw the play.

The play was produced by Childsplay from Tempe Arizona. It was a beautifully done adaptation. The kiddos were mesmerized seeing the book come to life on stage.

The story is about the childhood hunger crisis in America. Did you know that 1 in 5 children living in the United States is at risk of not having enough to eat?

Here are some ideas of ways you can help from the last page of the book.

Volunteer at a local food bank, pantry, shelter, or community kitchen.

Ask your local food bank what foods they need. Then organize a neighborhood food drive for those items.

Talk to your friends about ways to fight childhood hunger. The more we talk about empty refrigerators, the fewer there will be.

For links to hunger organizations and for more information about how you can help, visit

If you are ever near Chico California, be sure to check out a show at Laxson! You will certainly be glad you did!

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