The Dixie Swim Club

By Nicholas Hope, Jessie Jones, and Jamie Wooten


Directed by Catie O'Donnell
May 3 to 19, 2013


Read the Reviews:

Waukesha Freeman, WaukeshaNOW

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Photos By Carroll Studios Of Photography

Volunteer of the Production

Beth Perry

Sponsored In Part By

WCT projects are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Cast 

Jacqueline Gosz

Lexie Richards

Beth Perry

Dinah Grayson

Roberta Prospeck

Sheree Hollinger

Diana Randelzhofer

Jeri Neal McFeeley

Patty Wilson

Vernadette Simms

Production Staff 

Director

Catie O’Donnell

Stage Manager

Jennifer Allen

Scenic Designer/Set Decorator

Amanda Basich Kron

Master Carpenter/Lighting Designer

Mattisson Voell

Costume Designer

Dana Brzezinski

Sound Designer

Scott Glogovsky

Properties Designer

Pam Seccombe

Assistant Stage Manager

Kelly Krause

Wig Master

Anthony Mackie

Technical Advisor

A.J. Simon

Light Board Operator

Shawn Spellman

Dresser

Jacqueline Ranallo

Civic Theatre comedy goes swimmingly

By JULIE McHALE - TimeOut Theater Critic
May 9, 2013

WAUKESHA - Women love to get together to reminisce and celebrate their friendships. This is the premise of "Dixie Swim Club," presently on the boards at Waukesha Civic Theatre. It’s a comedy where five women who comprised a swim team in college meet once a year at a North Carolina resort on the ocean to catch up on each other’s lives.

The story covers a 30-year period, opening when they are in their 40s and ending when they are in their 70s. Each character is distinctly drawn, and though the humor is somewhat exaggerated and very Southern, we can find ourselves and others we know in these personalities.

Jacqueline Gosz plays Lexlie, the self-absorbed femme fatale, who spends most of her time on her body image and discarding and acquiring husbands. Gosz manages to forge a character who amuses us greatly even as we pity her shallowness. She even elicits some sympathy from us as the play ends.

Beth Perry convincingly portrays the somewhat sardonic successful lawyer who masks her unfulfilled side in her excessive dependence on alcohol. We enjoy Dinah’s wit and apparent strength and drive. She provides a striking contrast to all of the other characters.

Sheree is the organizer with the manicured life, the devoted husband, the successful child, a devotee of nutritional correctness, the one who tries to control everything, but who becomes unglued when she anticipates becoming a grandmother. Who can predict what will throw a given person off track? Roberta Prospeck aced the role. She annoyed her peers sometimes as mother hens often do.

Vernadette is the character who provides the most humor. Her life is awry in many ways, but her sense of humor overides all the setbacks she has suffered. Her delivery of the speech in defense of biscuits was the highlight of the show for me. Patty Wilson is very well-cast in this role.

Lastly is Jeri, the woman who surprises us most with her radical change of lifestyle. Diana Randelzhofer has a freshness about her that casts a ray of sunshine on the group, reminding them and us that one need not become jaded as life progresses, even though the challenges may be taxing at times.

From the frequent hearty laughs, it was evident that the audience was enjoying meeting up with these women, and as is often true at most reunions, there were some unexpected revelations.

The aging process was a bit sketchy, especially when they reached their ‘70s, but the change of costumes and hairdos indicated the passage of time and changes in fads and fashions.

Dana Brzezinski (costume designer) and Anthony Mackie (wigmaster) deserve mention for their creative contributions.

Amanda Basich Kron provided an airy set design. It’s well-executed, light entertainment.

Directed by Catie O’Donnell, "Dixie Swim Club" runs two more weekends through May 19. Call 262-547-0708 for show times and tickets.

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'Dixie Swim Club' does laps of laughs

By Marilyn Jozwik - WaukeshaNOW Theater Critic
May 7, 2013

Waukesha Civic Theatre's "The Dixie Swim Club" is the stage equivalent of a chick flick.

Nary a drop of testosterone is to be found in this story of five former members of a college swim team who gather annually at an Outer Banks cottage in South Carolina to relive the past, sort out the present and know that the future holds at least one certainty - that they will meet again.

The play is a tidy four scenes which show the women meeting at ages 44, 54, 59 and 77. Each meeting includes their team's mantra "The faster we swim, the more we win" and, of course, a dip in the ocean.

The five character types are firmly established.

Lexie (Jacqueline Gosz) is the consummate Southern belle who goes through husbands faster than biscuits at breakfast and isn't happy until the spotlight shines on her.

Sheree (Roberta Prospeck) is the health fanatic and organizer who makes sure everyone eats right - starting with organic appetizers the others can't stand that end up as plant fertilizer.

Dinah is a successful lawyer with little time or interest in family life. She gets every gathering rolling with her portable cocktail kit.

Vernadette (Patty Wilson) is the Bad Luck Girl who arrives each time with cast, crutches or neck brace after improbable accidents. Despite her couch potato husband and underachieving children, she maintains a sunny attitude.

Jeri Neal (Diana Randelzhofer) is a former nun who decides on a drastic life change with the support of her friends.

The only story here is that of friends sharing life and love through the years and how their distinct personalities and idiosyncrasies only make them more appealing as they age like wine. There are no dark clouds, no heavy drama or symbolism to mull. Fortunately, there are a few surprises, a few secrets revealed and a lot of funny moments as the quintet mull their marriages, children, careers, hopes and dreams.

The five make up a fine ensemble cast really held together by Beth Perry's Dinah. The room comes to life when she first walks into the cottage and starts handing out cocktails and zippy one-liners. Perry looks as comfortable as a deck rocking chair and keeps the humor humming. No one else in the cast can quite match her comic timing, which is in part due to her character's sarcastic nature.

Everyone in the cast has great lines to deliver, thanks to writers Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Dripping with a Southern drawl, Lexie describes the sculptured body of a handsome man on the beach to which Sheree deadpans, "He sounds like the underside of my car."

Hardly a moment goes by without the ensemble coaxing a laugh out of the audience.

Another plus is the airy, pale blue set featuring a bank of windows that looked onto an illuminated deck, mimicking a bright southern day, one with ominous storm clouds or a rosy tinge of setting sun. When the door opened, you could almost feel the breeze from the Atlantic Ocean. Nicely done.

Volunteer of the Production - Beth Perry

Beth personified the theme of this production. She was a true friend to the entire cast in every sense of the word. Her generosity, vivacity, support, and encouragement are apparent in all that she does. She was always enthusiastic and energetic. One cast-mate said that she "... brought a high degree of professionalism and integrity mixed with good, clean fun." Another said "She is the rock of the group."