The Dixie Swim Club by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope
Directed by Kris Weber
Monday 6 March 7.45pm
Tuesday 7 March 7.45 pm
May 25, 25, 27, 28(matinee), June 1, 2, 3, 4(matinee)
Audition and Performance location: Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group theatre, Loeman St Strathmore
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 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. 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 that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives, these friends rally ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.
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.
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.
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
ACCENT: These women are from North Carolina and a Southern accent is required at the audition.
Audition requirement: You are asked to prepare a 3 minute monologue. It doesn’t matter what it is as long it is presented using the Southern Accent – you may also be asked to read from the script on the day. There are examples of North Carolina accents on youtube, please have a listen to some.
Rehearsal evenings will be Monday ,Wednesday, Friday from 7.30 to 10.30. There will be one full day Sunday rehearsal in the final week of rehearsal.
Further info: Please read the play before auditioning. Scripts can be obtained from me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audition times: booked through director: email@example.com
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Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group