DIXIE SWIM CLUB by Jones, Hope & Wooten
Director- Leroy Clark
Audition dates: May 18-19, 2019,
Performance dates: July 17 – 28, 2019
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. When fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, 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. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…
Casting needs: 5 women how can play 40’s thru 60’s -70’s for all characters
Directed by Leroy Clark, “Dixie” is the story of five very different women who form lifelong friendships as members of their college swim team. Across a span of 33 years, they get together for a long weekend at a beach cottage in North Carolina. every August to catch up on things and to meddle in each others’ lives. The play focuses on four of those weekends spaced years apart.
The five women characters include Sheree Hollinger, the spunky captain of their college swim team, who continues to lead the pack. Dina Grayson is a wisecracking overachiever. Jeri Neal, who went into the convent after college but experiences motherhood later in life, is the sarcastic one who becomes more assertive as the play goes on. The docile Vernadette Simms is the most fashion-challenged of the lot. Lexie Richards is a pampered and outspoken Southern belle who gets married three times during the years covered in the play.
The women appear at a different age in each of their four meetings — from when they’re in the 40s to their 70s. “You can bet there will be a lot of costume changes and a lot of wigs,” said Director Clark.
The play, which has been described as “The Golden Girls” meets “Designing Women,” also throws in a true-to-life dramatic plotline. In the second act, when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, Jackson said, the longtime friends “rally ’round their own with strength and love that takes the comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.”