Florence Little Theatre presents Dixie Swim Club
By: William M. Mingus, III
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
Dixie Swim Club is directed by Joey Webster. The cast features Joanna Refvem as Sheree, Sandy Forlini as Dinah, Beverly Barnwell as Lexie, Joan Shortall as Jeri and Haley Hughes as Vernadette.
Dixie Swim Club runs March 15-24 with performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at 3 p.m. There is no show on Monday. Tickets are reserved seating $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and children under 18. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by phone at 843-662-3731, in person at the Florence Little Theatre Box Office located in Downtown Florence on Dargan Street, or online at www.florencelittletheatre.org.
Dixie Swim Club is recommended for ages 12+ (mild language) Length approximately 2 hours.