‘The Dixie Swim Club’ Comedy at Stuart’s Opera House May 11-14

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The Athenian Berean Community Players will present The Dixie Swim Club, at Stuart’s Opera House May 11-14.

This gentle comedy is about how we may be sustained by long-lasting friendships. In college, five southern women have bonded as members of their winning swim team. After graduation, they have lived separate lives with careers, jobs, marriages, children and all the rest. But they reunite every August at a beachfront house in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. During that special weekend each year they can be young again, free from jobs, husbands, kids, and free to drink, laugh and share their most intimate memories, hopes, concerns, apprehensions, doubts, disappointments and regrets.

The play’s authors, Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten wrote for TV’s Golden Girls and really know how to surprise an audience into helpless laughter. The humor in this show is not mean or snide, but sweet humor that makes us laugh as we recognize things that are hilarious in our own lives.

The show is directed by one of the founders of the ABC Players, Joe Balding, a favorite performer on the Opera House stage. The members of the Dixie Swim Club are:

Vernadette (Alexa Ross) is the group’s hard luck story. She shows up for each scene with something in a cast and a story about her deadbeat kids and couch-potato husband.

Lexie (Kristin Kerwin) is focused on her appearance, with a different hair color and plastic surgery to show off in each scene, and another divorce to lament.

Sheree (Ginny Puhl) is the very organized team captain. She plans every second of the weekend and brings “healthy” snacks no one will eat.

Dinah (Linda Watkins) is the bold and brash attorney, who is financially successful and always has a martini in her hand.

Jeri Neal (Martha Carson) is sweet and simple girl with a heart of gold. She changes the most during the course of the story.

The show is sponsored by the Rocky Outdoor Gear Store, an annual sponsor of ABC Players productions.

If you enjoyed Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes, you won’t want to miss this show. Show times are May 11-13, 2017 at 7 p.m., with a final matinee performance on May 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are general admission $12, $8 for students. They may be purchased at the door or from the opera house ticket office at 740-753-1924 or Monday through Friday.