January 18, 2012
Dixie Swim Club
The Dixie Swim Club introduces audiences to five friends and former swim team members who meet in a North Carolina cottage each year to reconnect. No husbands, no kids, no work; everything else is fair game.
Part Steel Magnolias and part Same Time, Next Year, this estrogen-fueled story of friendship provides a sweet opener for the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s new season. The cast features a mix of B&B regulars and newcomers. Angela Plank plays the organized Sheree. The actress has made her mark at the Phoenix Theatre over the past few years, but this is her first show at Beef & Boards. She does an excellent job playing the group’s mother hen.
Sarah Hund is a delight, as always, as the accident-prone Vernadette. I think she could truly make any character loveable. Rita Thomas takes on my favorite character, Dinah, a workaholic with a wicked sense of humor who knows her way around a martini shaker. As the other women find the groove Thomas nails her character from the start.
Jeri Neal (Laurie Walton) plays a sweet-natured nun and Jill Kelly takes on the self-centered Lexie. The two opposites remind us that sometimes it may seem like we have nothing in common with our friends, but often it’s our differences that make our friendship strong.
The show is split up into different time periods in the women’s lives. Each time we see them a few more years have passed and each new era brings with it a handful of new problems. Whether its divorces or new beaus, troubled kids or trouble at work, the women support and encourage each other through the new challenge.
The show is a celebration of friendship, especially those that last a lifetime.
Don't Miss the Show Performances:
The show runs until Feb. 12. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $37 to $60 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet. This production offers discounts; call the box office for more details.
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