Sweet Briar College will host a staging of “Odd Couple” as well as a holiday music concert program in several free events this weekend.
First, Sarah Müth will deliver her senior directorial project, a fresh take on a beloved classic. Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple, Female Version” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. both on Friday and Saturday in Babcock Studio Theatre at Sweet Briar College.
“I have never seen the television show or the movie, nor have I seen ‘The Odd Couple’ on stage, so hopefully my take on it has a certain freshness about it since a lot of people are familiar with the story,” said Müth, who majors in theater.
The play’s original version centers on a mostly male cast.
“The three themes I want to focus on in this play are friendship, getting older, and love [and] marriage,” Müth said. “The theme of friendship is the most obvious one. The six girls have clearly been friends for a long time and know how to push each others’ buttons, as well as how to look out for one another.”
Tickets to attend are free, but seating is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket reservations.
Then on Sunday, the Sweet Briar music department will perform a Holiday Pops Concert at 6 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, followed by the College’s annual Christmas Vespers service at 7 p.m.
The concert program offers a holiday music celebration featuring members of Sweet Briar’s three choral groups. The Chamber and Concert choirs, and the recently formed eight-singer group Octavo, perform under the direction of Marcia Thom-Kaley with accompaniment by pianist Anna Billias. The Sweet Briar Orchestra also will perform under the direction of Jeff Jones.
The program includes holiday standards such as “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Song sheets will be provided so audience members can sing along.
Sweet Briar’s traditional Vespers service of nine lessons and carols will follow the pops concert, with Chaplain Dori Baker officiating.
All are welcome to attend both performances. Admission is free, and a dessert party in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Conference Center will follow Vespers.