‘Dixie Swim Club’ making splash at Hill Country Community Theatre

The cast of the upcoming Hill Country Community Theatre's production 'The Dixie Swim Club' rehearses for the Sept. 19 opening show. The cast, which includes Kay Baker (left), Becky Barton, Charity Berry, Sharon Penny and Chanda Schnitzler, work on a scene for the Southern comedy, which runs through Sept. 29. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students age 16 and younger. Group rates are available. For reservations, call (830) 798-8944. Courtesy photo

[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: “The Dixie Swim Club”
WHEN: Sept. 19-29 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 FM 2147 West in Cottonwood Shores
ADMISSION: $15 for adults and $7 for students 16 and younger; group rates available
FOR MORE: Call the box office at (830) 798-8944 or go to www.thehcct.org[/box]

FROM STAFF REPORTS

COTTONWOOD SHORES — Wouldn’t you love to sit in as five women who have been close friends for years talk about their lives, each other’s lives, their husbands and just about anything else under the Southern sun?

Well, thanks to the cast and crew of Hill Country Community Theatre, 4003 FM 2147 West, you can do just that Sept. 19-29.

The theater is producing “The Dixie Swim Club,” which follows the lives of five women who began their friendship years ago while on their college swim team. Since their college years, the women set aside a weekend every year in August to get together and renew and reinvigorate those friendships.

And as you can imagine, unhampered by husbands, children and other obligations, the women — Dinah, Lexie, Vernadette, Jeri Neal and Sheree — open up on just about everything. The play, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, brings the women together every year in the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks for a long weekend.

Wendy Ferrell directs this Southern comedy. The casts includes Kay Baker, Becky Barton, Charity Berry, Sharon Penny and Chanda Schnitzler.

Ferrell is a Llano High School graduate who served two years in the U.S. Air Force before returning to the area.

“When I was asked to direct ‘The Dixie Swim Club,’ I accepted without hesitation,” Ferrell said. “This show takes you from gales of laughter to tears and back with a few well-placed jabs.”

The theater’s executive director, Steve Reily, said the play is a perfect one to start the new season.

“We are very excited to have this wonderfully funny play kick off our 28th season,” he said. “This is the third Jones, Hope and Wooten play that we have produced. The other two, ‘Christmas Belles’ and ‘Southern Hospitality,’ were great successes, and I expect nothing less from this production.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a 2:15 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students 16 and younger. Group rates are available.

For tickets and reservations, call (830) 798-8944. Go to www.thehcct.org for directions or more information. People also can learn how to become a part of the community theater.

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