Take the plunge with ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

Jessica Klarp
Special to The Black Mountain News

Tickets are now on sale for “The Dixie Swim Club” at the Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts May 20-22 and 27-29.

“The Dixie Swim Club” is a poignant comedy that spans 30 years and centers around five Southern women who rekindle relationships from their time on the college swim team by meeting at the Outer Banks each year. The women catch up on each other’s lives and goings-on, meddling whenever possible and relying on each other for support. When a life-changing event impacts one of the women, the rest demonstrate how teamwork can end up in an unusual and surprising conclusion.

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, the comedy is directed by Sam Hobson, stage managed by Grace Carter and performed by Kay Wise-Denty, Deborah Sinclair, Connie Hurst, Barbara Allen and Mary Soyenova.

“I am so happy to be directing these five talented women,” Hobson said. “They all have solid stage experience and have been a joy to work with. The play is so well-written, it helps audience members examine the families you choose and the shared experience of years - universal themes most people can relate to.”

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 20, 21, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. May 22 and 29. Tickets can be purchased by calling 669-0930 or visiting BlackMountainArts.org (go to the theater page). The arts center is at 225 W. State St., Black Mountain.

Wise-Denty, who plays Sheree Hollinger, the perennial team captain, said “the rehearsal process has been challenging and enlightening. It has become even more clear to me how important and valued friendships become as we age. Just like in the play, the other cast members have been very supportive, and we’ve forged strong bonds through the experience. We are all so excited to share this show with the audience.”

For more, call the Black Mountain Center for the Arts at 669-0930.