Best Friends Forever: “The Dixie Swim Club”
Some friendships last a lifetime, through thick and thin, as in “The Dixie Swim Club,” a hilarious and touching play about five unforgettable women. Gather your friends and make plans to see “The Dixie Swim Club,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, from February 27 through March 15, at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
Five Southern women, who met on their college swim team and became close friends, set aside a long weekend every August, without husbands and kids, to bond over gossip and cocktails at the same beachfront cottage. The play focuses on four of those weekends, spanning a period of 33 years. Spunky Sheree (Connie Rogers), the team captain, remains the group’s leader and struggles to maintain her organized, “perfect” life. Pampered and outspoken Lexie (Mona Lewis) is determined to hold onto her youth and her looks (but not her many husbands) as long as possible. Wisecracking Dinah (Kathryn Pawloski) is a no-nonsense lawyer who is never far from her cocktail shaker. Vernadette (Robbyn Wilks) is the least successful of the group, with a rocky marriage, incarcerated children, and poverty always one step away. Sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal (Jane Meyers), a lapsed nun, is a late bloomer who is full of surprises. As the years pass, the girlfriends increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through life’s challenges: men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging. In the final scene, the women are well into their 70s, still enjoying each other’s company, still a team.
Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten are three of the most produced playwrights in America today, with more than 2,800 productions and counting. Their comedies have entertained millions of theatre goers in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Between them, they have also written for classic television, hit movies and off-Broadway.
Racine Theatre Guild Managing and Artistic Director Douglas Instenes is directing the production. Sarah Hunt-Frank is the set designer. Anna Marie Hoeft Smetana heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Jim Pawloski calling the show, as stage manager.
Performances take place over three weekends, from February 27 through March 15. On each weekend there are shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, there are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 7 and at 4 p.m. on March 14. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, March 8, and Thursday, March 12. Tickets are bargain-priced at the 7 p.m. shows: $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older), and $8 for students (21 and younger). At all other times, tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $12 for students. Discounts are available to groups of 12 or more and subscribers.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now in its 77th season. The box office is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission. For reservations or further information, call 262-633-4218. Tickets may be ordered online; however, discounts and coupons cannot be applied to online orders.
Left to right are Kathy Pawloski, Mona Lewis, Jane Meyers, Robbyn Wilks and Connie Rogers.
Auditions at Racine Theatre Guild for “Spamalot”
RACINE, WI—(January 28, 2015)—The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. (Highway 38), is scheduling auditions by appointment on March 1 and 2 for the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” to be performed on three weekends, from May 15 to 31.
Possibly one of the silliest musicals ever written (by Eric Idle, with John DuPrez), this highly irreverent parody is “lovingly ripped off from the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’.” It tells the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on a madcap quest. Along the way they encounter chanting monks, vivacious cheerleaders, flying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen. There are show-stopping musical numbers, too, including the familiar “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.”
Males and females of various ages (15 and above) who can sing and dance are needed to play fun characters. All roles are open. Those auditioning must come prepared to sing a song of their choosing, with sheet music in hand. An accompanist will be provided. Tape recordings and unaccompanied singing are not permitted. In addition to singing, there will be cold readings from the script and dancing in a group. Scripts may be checked out in advance from the Guild’s box office.
Auditions take place at the Racine Theatre Guild and are being booked into specific time slots. On Sunday, March 1, appointments are available at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. On Monday, March 2, audition times are 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 262-633-4218, or stop by any weekday from noon to 6 p.m. The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (amateur) theatre now in its 77th season.
Volunteering at RTG – Help make the magic happen!
Through the efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers led by a small professional staff, the Racine Theatre Guild, a community theatre, provides a variety of live entertainment and educational offerings for all ages, including:
- Main-stage plays and musicals
- Racine Children’s Theatre
- Jean’s Jazz Series
- Comedy Tonight
- Theatre trips
- Classes and workshops
RTG volunteers have diverse backgrounds—some arrive without experience, while others come with theatre degrees. All you need is desire! Do you want to meet people and have fun? Be part of a team? Learn new things? Indulge your creative side? See amazing results from your efforts?
Information is available at
2519 Northwestern Ave., www.racinetheatre.org, 262-633-4218.