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Cast of ‘Dixie Swim Club’ can be a zany bunch / October 13, 2014

The Dixie Swim Club opens Friday on The Prizery stage and it’s going to be a real Southern hoot.

Five members of a North Carolina college swim team meet every year on the Outer Banks to laugh and offer each other some “girl therapy.” The play follows the gals over a 40 year period with each year bringing more crazy situations that they have to deal with. As Lexie tells Vernadette, “Your life is like a country song” — to which Vernadette replies, “and the hits just keep on coming!”

Asked about the characters they are portraying, the actresses in Dixie Swim Club — Emily Noblin, Linda Shepperd, Robin Thompson, Deborah Sizemore and Gladdy Hampton — offered these ramblings about their experiences with live theatre:

Did you know that Noblin’s wig fell off during one of the performances of “Steel Magnolias” back a few years ago? Emily says this was the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to her on stage.

Shepperd, who is not easily embarrassed, says that the fear of forgetting her lines is her biggest concern and she also goes into a panic just before she goes onstage thinking that she should have gone to the bathroom first!

Hampton says that she was once in a production of Lion in Winter and she forgot some lines. Someone in the audience yelled the missed lines out to her! (Maybe her own children she thinks.)

Sizemore remembers being in a show where she jumped ahead to another scene and had to rewrite the script so that none of the story was left out. Of course, when this happens the actors on stage can only hope that the audience doesn’t realize anything is wrong.

Thompson recalls she was once in a production where a wireless microphone pack came undone and dangled outside her costume for an entire act. The author of the play had given permission for the show to be filmed and of course, this was the show that got filmed.

How would the cast members of “Dixie Swim Club” be spending their time if not rehearsing for the show? Gladdy says she would be catching up on “The Walking Dead” just in time for the new season to begin! For Linda, it would be spending more time on the couch neglecting her family. Robin offered the zaniest response: “Being in the show has given her a reason to live and stay off the streets!” Emily brought the conversation back to reality with her answer: “Housekeeping and helping children with homework.” Deborah would catch up on current movies if she were not at rehearsal three nights a week for the last month.

All the women agree that being in a show affords them the wonderful opportunity to make new friends while making laughs for the audience. A stage production is an intense bonding session and lasting friendships always emerge. Actors enjoy each other’s company and the process of creating live theatre. Linda noted that “once you experience the adrenaline of being onstage, hearing the laughter, it becomes addicting. You just keep going back for more!”

Join Shepperd, as Dinah, the Atlanta lawyer, Hampton as the swim team captain, Thompson, as Lexie Richards the sex and youth crazed team member, Sizemore as Vernadette Sims, the country girl who thinks she might have had sex twice with her husband, and Noblin as Jeri Neal, the sweet and considerate member of the group.

The show opens Friday at 7:30 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at The Prizery box-office 434-572-8339 or you may order online at

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