December 2, 2020

Tickets now on sale for The Dixie Swim Club benefiting Power of the Purse

Tickets are now on sale for The Dixie Swim Club, a special production sponsored by the Power of the Purse, a women’s giving circle sponsored by the Community Foundation of West Georgia.

The play will be presented at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center in four performances: on Thursday, August 23, Friday, August 24, and Saturday, August 25, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on August 26.

Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center during office hours.  All proceeds benefit the Power of the Purse.

Critics have compared The Dixie Swim Club to Steel Magnolias and even the Southern play, Dearly Departed.

The comedy, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is about five women who met as members of a college swim team and reunite every August in a North Carolina beach cottage.  The play follows the five over 25 years while they share troubles, laughs, and a deep bond of friendship.

“The play, hilarious at the start and deeply moving at the end, is so well written and the lines are so funny, everyone will enjoy the humor and be able to relate to the experiences of the characters. It’s really about personal relationships and friendships that stand the test of time,” says the show’s director, Georgia Keene Carter, a veteran performer and director who served as assistant director for last year’s production of Steel Magnolias.

The play stars five local women.

Kathy Knowles plays Sheree, the spunky team captain.  She’s the organized one who concocts “healthy” appetizers, which the other women find ways to avoid eating, without Sheree being any the wiser.

Sidra McWhorter is Dinah, a cynical, career driven professional who never had time for a husband.

Libba Conner plays Lexie, a pampered and outspoken belle determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible who has a long list of ex-husbands.

Stephanie Turner is Vernadette, the self- deprecating and accident-prone but humorous woman whose newest predicament is a surprise every year.

Scottie Jennings plays Jeri Neal, who is naïve and eager to please.  The former nun has a few surprises for her long-time friends who stand by her and help her out.

“The audience will enjoy seeing the changes to the characters as they age throughout the play, not only with the use of wigs and makeup, but with voice and body movement as well,” Carter said.

In addition to membership pledges, the Power of the Purse Fund raises funds by sponsoring an event annually, like The Dixie Swim Club and last year’s sellout performances of Steel Magnolias.

A members’ committee meets annually to assess the needs of the community and the distribution of the Power of the Purse monies, supporting women’s and children’s initiatives in Carroll, Haralson and Heard counties.

For more information about joining the Power of the Purse, contact Kim Jones, president of the Community Foundation of West Georgia, at kim@cfwg.net or (770) 832-1462.  

The cast of The Dixie Swim Club, features five local women, left to right, Libba Conner who plays Lexie, Stephanie Turner as Vernadette, Scottie Jennings as Jeri Neal, Kathy Knowles as Sheree and Sidra McWhorter as Dinah.

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