THE DIXIE SwIM CLUB
A COMEDY/DRAMA BY JESSIE JONES, NICHOLAS HOPE, AND JAMIE WOOTEN
PRODUCED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
DATES: April 23rd & 24th, 2018
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
PLACE: Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Avenue - Mesquite
DIRECTOR: Kevin Velasquez-Paris
The cast for THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB includes a total of 5 women in their late 40’s to early 50’s. In the final scene, the women age to late 70’s.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a current headshot, resume and conflict calendar. If you don’t have a headshot or resume, DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU!!
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. 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…
Sheree Hollinger, the perennial team captain, is practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy. Never without her to-do lists or Pocket Scheduler, her tendency to be hyper-organized occasionally drives her friends a bit crazy. She’s the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family. Actress must be willing to dance on stage with abandon, not gracefully or with precision, but with delight and silliness!
Dinah Grayson, the wise-cracking cynic of the group, has fought her way to the top and relished the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything…except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dinah seldom reveals her softer side as she tackles life head-on. Actress must be able to simulate mixing cocktails.
Lexie Richards, a true Southern belle who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the vain, youth-obsessed event planner for a chain of four-star hotels. She has never shied away from the occasional nip or tuck and keeps her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. Always one to revel in her status as a man-magnet, Lexie can be counted on to share wild and hilarious tales of her romantic exploits.
Jeri Neal McFeeley is the ditzy ray of sunshine of the group. She’s perky and naïve and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for many years, Jeri Neal has been protected from life’s seamier side. Even though she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal, recently relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, continually makes life choices that surprise and amaze her friends.
Vernadette Simms is a hard luck case if there ever was one. Marriage and motherhood came shortly after college, a dark cloud has hovered above her ever since. A public school teacher, with limited finances and a problematic home life in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of these lifelong friends.