Friendships go the distance in play

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 08:56 PM

For the next few weeks at Temple Theatre, it’s all about the ladies.

Starting today and running every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 3 is “The Dixie Swim Club” — a play set in North Carolina about five women who maintain lifelong friendships despite the challenges of growing older. The production is directed by Jerry Sipp, who was the Temple Theatre artistic director from 2001-05 and also directed last year’s production of “The 39 Steps.”

Chris DeLambert, marketing director for Temple Theatre, said it’s a funny yet touching play written by a team with some serious skills.

“It’s a comedy that should appeal to women of all ages,” he said. “The writers have credits that include ‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘Designing Women,’ and they know what they’re doing.”

The show features five women who became friends on their college swim team and, despite moving away, maintain their friendship by meeting for a weekend every year at a cottage on the Outer Banks. Over the course of 33 years, they go through every up and down imaginable, with the play showcasing four of those get-togethers “as their lives progress, with their triumphs and struggles,” DeLambert said.

Sipp also wrote a short recap of the play, in which he said it’s a show that will make audiences laugh, as well as think.

“The Dixie Swim Club will remind audiences of the classic Southern comedies, such as ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Crimes of the Heart,’ ” he said. “Humor, tolerance and a 30-plus-year bond of friendship help these women get through the trials and tribulations of their daily lives. With our fabulous cast of all-stars, theatergoers may be laughing too hard to catch every underlying theme, but the play will stick with them long after they leave, giving them plenty of time to mull over the joys, sorrows and perseverance of these delightful characters.”

Show times are Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Doors open one hour prior, and tickets are $13, $19 or $23 each.

And while the show in general focuses on women, the show on Oct. 26 is especially geared toward them. That Saturday, there’s a $50 ladies’ night out package that includes a spa treatment at downtown Sanford’s Big Screen Beauty Salon, dinner at The Red Sofa and tickets to the show — not to mention complementary drinks.

DeLambert said anyone who’s interested should probably sign up while there’s still availability.

“We think it’ll be a lot of fun for the ladies who take part, but they absolutely have to buy tickets in advance,” he said.

To attend

What: The Dixie Swim Club

Where: Temple Theatre, 120 Carthage St., Sanford

When: From today until Nov. 3; Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the box office, (919) 774-4155, or Prices range from $13 to $23.