'The Dixie Swim Club' - Comedy explores southern sisterhood

Published on Thursday, 8 May 2014 22:23 - Written by Sheilah O’Heaney Special Contributor

“The Dixie Swim Club” comes to the Cherokee Civic Theatre in Rusk for five performances starting tonight.

This southern-fried comedy, centers on five friends — former members of a college swim team — who have an annual reunion at a beach house to revive their friendship, relive their glory days and recharge their lives.

The CCT ensemble cast age from their 30s to their 70s as they portray the friends supporting each other through the perils and pitfalls of marriage, parenthood and careers. Performing in the ensemble are Amy McCalister, of Rusk, Karen Hirschfeld Hendley, of Maydelle, and Rachel Joseph, Laura Cunningham and Ann Kelley, all of Jacksonville.

Their characters approach the inevitability of aging with grace, bravery and wry humor. Their very different approaches to life often cause conflicts but the bond of sisterhood is too strong to be denied.

Jon Paul Kelley of Jacksonville directed the show and asserted that “the show’s fun will not be watered-down!”

He cautioned that there will be poignant moments as well – such is the balance of life’s laughter and tears. Jessica House serves as the show’s producer.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and May 17 as well as 2 p.m. matinees Sunday and May 18.

The box office is open from noon to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and hour before each performance. Tickets are also available by phone at 903-683-2131 or online at www.cherokeetheatre.net .