I was part of a small audience Thursday night who saw a sneak preview of this weekend's Chickasha Community Theatre dinner theatre production, "The Dixie Swim Club".
The play follows five decades in the lives of a women's college swim club team and their summer weekend meetings at a cottage on the Carolina shores. Together, they share laughs and heartache, good times and bad.
Before you think "Oh, great, a 'chick play'", think again. This is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always heartwarming presentation about being human and the highs and lows that come with that experience.
The cast includes Christy Clift, Lezlie Hollowell, Carolyn Howard, Kristy Jarnigan, and Maurie O'Neal. Two of them have never performed in a stage production before. I won't tell you which because it doesn't matter. All of them bring their characters to life very well. The conversations sound like the ones we have with our friends, with all the odd pauses and talking over each other. I was drawn to their stories, and I was a bit sad when it was all over. These characters are people I would like to know in real life, flaws and all.
Kudos should also be given to director Dillon Pierce, who took challenge of presenting a play in an unorthodox venue (the local Masonic Lodge) and putting together a stage where the viewers can see all that's going on no matter where you sit.
"The Dixie Swim Club" runs today and tomorrow (April 24 and 25) and also May 1 and 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Friday shows have been sold out, but there is still a limited supply for the Saturday night performances. They are available from Jay's Jewelry at 4th and Chickasha Avenue.
How good is "The Dixie Swim Club"? My son went with me last night to watch. He's not one to repeat watching plays or movies. When it was over, he said, "I'm going to need a ticket for Saturday night. I need to see this again."