Five women who were on a college swim team meet up every August to rekindle their friendship in Dixie Swim Club, being performed by the Backlot Players in Forsyth.
The show features a cast of five women, who all portray very different characters and who have differing levels of theater experience themselves, from novices to stage veterans. Director Nipper Bunn said that he is excited about the cast and the show will provide some good laughs for those who come to see it.
The play, which opens Friday, starts when the women are 44 years old, and meeting at a cabin in the Outer Banks in North Carolina to catch up and laugh about their lives. Each subsequent scene (there are four) ages the women by about five years, and by the end of the play, they are in their late 70s.
Though theyve led different lives, this retreat is the glue that has held them together as a team, Bunn said. The team dynamic is obvious throughout the show.
The characters in Dixie Swim Club are very different, and the team dynamic is still prevalent after all of these years. Sheree is the team captain, and she tries to maintain her perfect life. Dinah is the funny overachiever who is great at work and not so great in her personal life. Lexie is the princess of the group who tries to hold on to her looks and youth through marriage after marriage. Vernadette is self-deprecating and decides to just give in to the dark cloud hanging over her head. Jeri Neal is sweet, and becomes a mother much later in life than any of the women expected.
The show follows them through the harder years of their lives and highlights how much they rely on each other, no matter how many years go by.
This play is a perennial favorite in the South. So much so that Macon Little Theatre performed it last May.
When asked how his show differs from other productions, Bunn said he has changed the placement of the actors on the stage from how the play is originally scripted, but the show is true to the script. He also mentioned that the Backlot Players have created their own spin on the set.
The Dixie Swim Club
When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Thursday-Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Rose Theater, 23 W. Johnston St., Forsyth
Cost: $15 adults; $12 students, seniors and active military
Information: (478) 994-0443, www.thebacklotplayers.org