The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten         

Directed by Wendy Bollard

July 11 -28th

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Synopsis

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. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. 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.

 

Cast

Laura Ross

SHEREE HOLLINGER

Laura is thrilled to be a making her Peninsula Production debut. Past performing credits include: The Antagonist and The Euphio Question(Little Mountain Lion), Anything Goes(RCMT), The Drowsy Chaperone (Prairie Skies Theatre Co), Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chemainus Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (The Vancouver Playhouse) and The Backyardigans (KOBA Family Entertainment, National Tour). Laura’s choreography can be seen in film projects shot in Vancouver; most notably, Bedbugs: A Musical Lovestory and Send Us Smokes (2016 winner of the Hot Shot Short Competition).

Danielle St. Pierre

DINAH GRAYSON

Danielle is thrilled to be back on stage in such an amazing production after taking almost 4 years off to have her twins. Select other credits include: Miss SaigonAll Shook Up (Canadian premiere cast), A Cottage Community ChristmasPrivilegeSeussical the MusicalThe Last Five Years, Songs for a New World (Ovation Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead), Raymur MothersA Chorus LineAlways… Patsy ClineA Nice Family Gathering, and many more. Warm thanks to Wendy for this wonderful opportunity, and a special thank you to my hubby for being so supportive!

Sarah Green

LEXIE RICHARDS

This is Sarah’s second performance with Peninsula Productions, and she is thrilled to be playing the part of Lexie. Her last appearance with Peninsula Productions was in 2015, when she played the role of Annelle in Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Other performances include Florence Unger in the female version of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon (White Rock Players); Cherie in Bus Stop by William Inge (Langley Players), and Carrie in Norm Foster’s Drinking Alone (White Rock Players). Sarah appreciates how understanding and supportive her family is while she’s off doing something she loves to do!

Lori Tych

JERI NEAL MCFEELEY

Laughter: it’s infectious; it cures what ails you; and, it binds people together in friendship and intimacy. Priceless medicine, indeed, and an integral component of a mighty and magical collaboration between women in this, Lori’s 2nd — ever!! — theatrical experience featuring an all-female cast. Lori’s first go around with this gender dynamic within a script was Peninsula Production’s Steel Magnolias when she played the character of M’Lynn Eatenton. Favourite roles include Jaqueline/Don’t Dress for Dinner, Ruth Condomine/Blithe Spirit, Paulina Salas/Death and the Maiden, Eleanor of Aquitaine/The Lion in Winter, and Lily Garland/Twentieth Century. Thank you, as always, to Wendy and Geoff, and to everyone involved in making Peninsula Productions a remarkable place to play. And, as always, hugs and the deepest gratitude to Lori’s beloved intimates and biggest fans, her Tych clan here in B.C.

Alaina Holland

VERNADETTE SIMMS

Alaina is so happy to be working on this delightful piece of theatre with some amazingly talented people! Some past stage credits include: Light SensitiveGod of Carnage & Memory of Water with the Langley Players; The Women of Lockerbiewith Lock & Key Theatre; and recently August: Osage County with The White Rock Players Club. “I would like to thank my girlfriends, they know who they are. For their love, their support and their patience. For understanding this muddled, extroverted introvert. For standing by me, even when I’m not there. For picking up exactly where we left off when I stop hiding and my mind and my heart are done wandering.” A heartfelt thank you to you, Dear Patron, for your continued support of live theatre!