Sweet Briar College’s resident Endstation Theatre Company is bringing a sampling of big-time musical theater to Central Virginia with a fundraising event featuring Broadway performer Sean MacLaughlin. MacLaughlin, who is Raoul in the Broadway production of “Phantom of the Opera,” will perform in a benefit concert to raise money in support of Endstation’s fourth-annual Blue [...]
Sweet Briar College will host its 25th Cultural Arts Day for Amherst County Public School fifth-graders on Friday, April 8. This year 333 kids are expected on campus, where Sweet Briar staff, faculty and students have volunteered to lead programs in the performing and visual arts, science and history. In recent years, the first stop [...]
Complex problems require inspired, imaginative solutions. They call for creativity. Sweet Briar College will help answer the need for creative thinkers this summer when it debuts BLUR: The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, a program for high school students interested in theater, creative writing and visual art. The program will be held June [...]
The Sweet Briar Theatre production of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tragic comedy “Crimes of the Heart” is scaled down a bit from the department’s most recent shows, says play and program director Bill Kershner. “This one is more tightly done, with a smaller cast,” he said. “We’re all having a good time with this show. [...]
Theater major Catherine Tooke presented her senior directorial project, Tennessee Williams’ memory play “The Glass Menagerie,” on Dec. 4 and 5 in the black box theater at Babcock Fine Arts Center. The play tells the story of the Wingfield family — the mother Amanda, son Tom and daughter Laura, who is crippled and withdrawn into [...]
This month, Sweet Briar College senior Liz Zuckerman will direct “Doctor Faustus,” a play in which title character loses his soul after making an ill-fated pact with the devil.
It won’t do to judge Sweet Briar Theatre’s spring production, “Melancholy Play,” by its name – unless you take into account its subtitle, “A Contemporary Farce.”
Something new is afoot at Sweet Briar College this summer. On stage in the normally darkened Murchison Lane Auditorium a play is taking shape. It’s an original work that follows fictional characters from the terrible early hours of Aug. 20, 1969 to the present. “The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story” explores how people move on from truly devastating life events.