Dixie Swim Club set to open this weekend

By Hannah Myers - [email protected]

WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County Little Theatre will present its third production of 2015, Dixie Swim Club at the Ashe Civic Center, Aug. 27-30.

Dixie Swim Club written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten is a comedy about 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.

“It’s a happy, feel good comedy,” Rebecca Williams, Ashe County Arts Council Program Director and Dixie Swim Club actress, said. “It’s warm, it’s touching. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry.”

The play focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 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 that life brings them.

“It’s great for a girls night out,” Williams said. “It’s a gal pal show, but the men would love it too.”

Jeff Dreyer, a Little Theatre veteran of 20 years, is the director of Dixie Swim Club and has many acting and directing credits associated with the theatre. Dreyer describes the production as ““a great show with a fantastic cast that will have you laughing in the aisles.” The cast includes Judy Mullen as Sheree, Jill Gambill as Dinah, Melissa Edmondson as Jeri Neal, Linda Dreyer as Lexie and Rebecca Williams as Vernadette.

All actresses are volunteers with the theatre and began rehearsing in July.

According to Williams, nearly 20 people have assisted with the show in some respect including lighting, sound, makeup, props, costumes and publicity.

The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer community based theatre group who make their home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Since 1972, Ashe County Little Theatre has produced three to four plays a year.

Tickets for Dixie Swim Club are $16 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center. For tickets or more information call 336-846-2787.

Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.


By Hannah Myers

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