Chattanooga Now Colonnade Players opening six performances of 'The Dixie Swim Club'

Chattanooga Now Colonnade Players opening six performances of 'The Dixie Swim Club'

Play follows five college friends who meet annually to keep their friendship afloat

October 12th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

Members of the Dixie Swim Club are, from left, Kim Jenkins, Alice Carbaugh, Rebecca Lapp, Chrissy Baker and Kitty Reel.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

If you go

› What: “The Dixie Swim Club”

› Where: The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga.

› When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Oct. 13-14, 20-21; 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

› Admission: $12, $10 and $8

› For more information: 706-935-9000

Five Southern women, whose friendship began on their college swim team, set aside a weekend every August to recharge and renew their relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.

"The Dixie Swim Club," which follows their friendship over 33 years, is the next production of The Colonnade Players, presented by special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service Inc. The Colonnade Players will open six performances of "The Dixie Swim Club" on Friday, Oct. 13, at The Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga.

Comedies by writers Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten are some of the most-produced plays in theater, says director Kimberly Tyner Jones. Think "The Golden Girls" meets "Steel Magnolias" and you've got the gist of "The Dixie Swim Club" — warm and funny dialogue with some heart-wrenching moments and madcap comedy.

Kim Jenkins is cast as Sheree Hollinger, the spunky team captain turned group leader. Alice Carbaugh plays Dinah Grayson, a wisecracking, overachieving lawyer.

Rebecca Lapp plays Lexie Richards, the pampered, outspoken member who is determined to hold onto her looks as long as possible. Chrissy Baker is Jeri Neal McFeeley – sweet, eager to please and a little zany.

Kitty Reel plays Vernadette Simms, who is acutely aware there seems to be a dark cloud hanging over her head and has finally decided to just embrace it.

The 90-minute show is suggested for older audiences due to the nature of its themes and situations addressed in the script.

For more information: 706-935-9000 or