In a word, Playgoers of Lethbridge's dinner theatre presentation of the Dixie SwimClub, Oct. 22-25 is “ poignant.”
They have a dedicated cast of five women who play five very different characters who grew up together as members of their college swim team and meet every year to catch up with each other.
“I think the audience will quite enjoy it,” said director Lee Prindle who saw a dinner theatre of the Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jane Wooten penned play in Mesa, Arizona and who decided to bring the play to playgoers of lethbridge.
“There's five women in the play and there's no stars or starlet. They all play very different characters. There's one who’s very organized, one who is self centred, one who is accident prone and a nun who decides to get married,” Prindle described.
“ I think it is a lot like Steel Magnolias. But there's no Dolly Parton,” he continued.
“ There's very few plays that have an all women cast. We did the female version of the Odd Couple last year, but there's guys in that,” he added.
“ It is very poignant. It’s so funny, but it has some serious moments,” he continued.
“I think it’s going to be a hit. I really do.”
The cast includes five very familiar faces with Playgoers of Lethbridge— Donna Galau, Rita Peterson, Jane Meaker, Shelley David and Playgoers President Linda Johnson who makes a rare appearance on stage, though she is a prominent figure backstage.
“It begins when they’re 22 years old at their graduation. Then we see them again at 44 and again at 77,” said Rita Peterson, adding they audience get s to watch women grow and evolve through the years as they cope with all the tribulations of life.
“ It combines comedy with some serious moments,” Peterson described.