Hill Country Community Theatre holding auditions for ‘Dixie Swim Club’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

COTTONWOOD SHORES — Have you ever dreamed of standing in the spotlight while people applauded your acting performance? Or maybe you used to do a little acting (after all, you played Linus in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ in middle school), and you’ve been looking for a way back into it?

Or maybe you just want to break up your routine and try something new.

Well, the Hill Country Community Theatre wants you to come by July 22-23 to audition for its upcoming production, “The Dixie Swim Club,” which hits the stage Sept. 19-29. The auditions are 6:30 p.m. each night at the theater, 4003 FM 2147 West.

“If you enjoyed ‘Southern Hospitality’, this is like that,” said Steve Reily, the theater’s managing director.

The same team that came up with “Southern Hospitality” and “Christmas Belles” came up with “The Dixie Swim Club.” The play tells the tale of five Southern women who met years before on a college swim team. Over the course of their lives, the friends set aside a weekend each August to gather at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

So just imagine pouring five longtime friends into the same cottage for several days, letting them talk about whatever they want (husbands, their kids, their hopes and dreams and, of course, each other) and sitting back and seeing what happens.

The play doesn’t focus on just one weekend getaway but several of them spread out over many decades.

While auditioning can seem intimidating, Reily said everybody is invited to take a chance on acting. But, he pointed out, each play has different needs as far as casting.[box]DO YOU WANT TO TRY OUT?
Auditions for the Hill Country Community Theatre’s “The Dixie Swim Club” are 6:30 p.m. July 22-23 at the theater, 4003 FM 2147 West in Cottonwood Shores. Volunteers also are needed. Call (830) 693-2474 or (830) 798-8944.[/box]

Still, the chance of stepping into the spotlight might be worth it.

“We work hard, but it’s a lot of fun,” he said. Typically, rehearsals last for about 10 weeks before the performances.

But the theater isn’t reserved for just actors or those who enjoy the spotlight. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure each performance is top notch.

“We only have two paid employees — one full time and one part time,” Reily said. “So we rely tremendously on volunteers.”

Volunteering at the theater can include helping build scenes, running the lights, taking tickets and selling concessions.

“There are a lot of things people can help with,” Reily said. “We couldn’t survive without our volunteers.”

For information on auditioning or volunteering, call (830) 693-2474 or (830) 798-8944.

daniel@thepicayune.com