There will double the comedy this weekend when the Pickerington High School Central Theatre Department presents both male and female productions of The Odd Couple.
For the first time in history of the Central Theatre Department, it will present concurrent live productions for its winter performance.
Dec. 6-9, the department will present The Odd Couple, a male version of the Neil Simon play, as well as Simon's later adaptation, The Odd Couple Female Version, where female students will show what happens when mismatched roommates try to live together.
"This is the first time, really in the history of Pickerington, that either school has decided to do two shows simultaneously," said Shannon Cook, PHS Central theatre director.
Both productions will feature 8-member casts supported by approximately 10 stage hands and a construction crew of at least 50 students, Cook said.
Central technical theatre teacher Eric Womack also is serving as the technical director of the productions.
"(Womack) really has outdone himself this year," Cook said. "He's worked tirelessly on this show."
The performances, which will take place in Central's Performing Arts Center, will begin with the male version of The Odd Couple at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Odd Couple Female Version will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 7.
Dec. 8, there will be a double bill, with the male version of the play taking place at 4:30 p.m. and the female version at 8 p.m.
A final performance of the male version of the play will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 9.
"The good thing about a comedy like The Odd Couple is there's usually there's a very small cast," Cook said.
"We decided to do both a male and female version to double the amount of kids involved and to hopefully bolster attendance."
Tickets for individual shows are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
However, those who attend both the male and female versions of the plays will receive a $5 discount, make the total price $15 for adults or $11 for students.
Seats to each performance can be reserved by calling the Central Theatre Department at 614-833-3043. Tickets also can be purchased at the door prior to each performance.
Although both versions of the show are similar, Cook said they each are funny in their own ways, and they display quirks of both men and women.
"They're both really funny in different ways," she said. "After coming off last year with The Crucible, it was time for a comedy."
Cook added that for those who saw The Crucible last year, this year's shows display the range of talents of Central students who have been called on to pull off both dramas and comedies.
"It's a classic and it's really funny," she said.
"For those not familiar with the female version ... the female version is funny in almost completely different ways."