Chelan Valley Players has planned an intimate night out at the theatre in Campbell's Resort Ballroom with their latest production of Dixie Swim Club- a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Eccentric characters and sweet Southern charm make for a delicious mix in ?The Dixie Swim Club,? by playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten.
The play centers around five unforgettable southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. The five women set aside a long weekend every August, free of husband, kids and jobs, to meet at the same cottage on North Carolina? Outer Banks. ?The Dixie Swim Club? focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.
The characters are fascinating for different reasons. Sheree, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organization and ?perfect? life, is played by Hayli Libbey-Thompson of Manson; Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, a career dynamo whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to her personal life, is played by Meg Raines of Chelan; Lexie, a pampered and outspoken belle who is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible, is performed by Serena Fiacco from Wenatchee; Vernadette, the self-deprecating and acerbic washout of the group, is acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life and has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos, played by Rhonnie Craven from E. Wenatchee; and Jeri Neal, the naïve and eager-to-please member whose change in direction takes the group by surprise early on in the play is performed by Manson's Ellen Picton.
?The Dixie Swim Club? will begin its two weekend run on Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 and again Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 in the Campbell'?s Resort Ballroom.
Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows, and 5:00PM for the Sunday performance. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce (cash only), through BrownPaperTickets.com (credit/debit cards), or at the door (cash only) on show nights. For more information, call 860-8648. Seating is not reserved- there will be a no-host bar set up and cozy, casual seating for an evening of laughter and fun.
Director Judy Johnston says, "When I first read this play I thought 'what a great show for a girl's night out' with some best friends but as we work with it, I realize that this show will be very much enjoyed by the men, as well. Friendship and loyalty through thick and thin are universal themes and this play deals with the ups and downs, the frustrations and joys that both men and women experience and the act of sharing those good times and bad times with those who understand us. You will leave laughing but also with a sense of the value of those long term relationships. I can't wait to share this experience with you!"