March 8, 2013
LIMA — They are the golden girls of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. And this weekend, the women of the Dixie Swim Club bring their friendship and laughs to life in the Encore Theatre presentation of “The Dixie Swim Club.”
“This is a show about long-lasting relationships. Everyone has their problems and their chick angst, but you walk away with a sense of enduring friendship, and the strong bond that can exist between women,” said Alice Donahue, director of the play.
The play focuses on five southern women whose friendship began on their college swim team. Upon graduation, they vow to set aside a weekend every year on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to meet and catch up on each other’s lives. The show spans a series of 50 years, with many life changes facing these long-time friends.
“It’s nice material that has many heartwarming touches, and plenty of guffaws too,” Donahue said.
Her cast, including Betsy Winget, Jodi Brincefield, Maria Perkins, Kedryn Carpenter and Linda Gabriele, bonded immediately.
“I told them that this is truly an ensemble piece. The audience has to believe you’ve known each other for 50 years. They are such a strong cast that the bonding really did happen right away,” Donahue said.
New this production will be a different way of passing time between scene changes.
“We have a visual PowerPoint I first saw work at the Fort Findlay Play House and knew we had to try it here. Some of the make-up changes, especially where the women have aged quite a bit, take a short while so we’re playing music of the times and photos of events that happened then. It’s very entertaining, and a great way to take the audience into the next scene,” Donahue said.
“The great thing about this show is that everyone can see themselves in each of these characters, and you can definitely find several people you know in many of these women,” she said.