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‘Dixie Swim Club’ comedy debuts at Beef & Boards to open 39th season


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A poignant comedy kicks off the 39th Season at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre as it presents “The Dixie Swim Club” starting Jan. 12.

The first of four new shows to the Beef & Boards stage in 2012, “The Dixie Swim Club” is hilarious and heartfelt.

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every year to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

Angela Plank stars as Sheree, the spunky team captain, who desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, played by Rita Thomas, is the wisecracking overachiever – a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, played by Jill Kelly, is pampered and outspoken. Determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible, she enjoys being married – over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, played by Beef & Boards favorite Sarah Hund, is acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal, played by Laurie Walton, experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

As their lives unfold and 33 years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another to get through the many challenges that life flings at them.

On stage through Feb. 12, “The Dixie Swim Club” has 36 performances scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $37 to $60 and include a dinner buffet, coffee and tea. Parking is free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards box office at (317) 872-9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. For more information, including show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

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