Auditions are scheduled for July 10, at 5 p.m., and July 11, at 6:30 p.m. The play is directed by Art Kimball.
“The Dixie Swim Club” features five women portrayed over the two acts at four points in their lives, from their mid-40s to their mid-70s. The 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 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 (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, 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.
“The Dixie Swim Club” is the story of these five unforgettable women — a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.
The Dixie Swim Club will be performed in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center on Sept. 23-25, 29 and 30, and Oct. 1 and 2.
Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.
For more information, call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781, or director Art Kimball at 423-507-5085.
The Arts Center is located at 320 N. White St. in downtown Athens.