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Fun & sun hit the stage

The members of “The Dixie Swim Club” toast each other on one of their annual excursions to the beach, where they leave families, jobs and responsibilities behind to renew friendships, laugh and meddle. Cast members are, from left, Kelly Mullins, Francie Michas, Flo Reneau, Kathleen Stroup and Deborah Liss-Green. The Theatre Albany performances open Thursday night. jim.hendricks@albanyherald.com

The members of “The Dixie Swim Club” toast each other on one of their annual excursions to the beach, where they leave families, jobs and responsibilities behind to renew friendships, laugh and meddle. Cast members are, from left, Kelly Mullins, Francie Michas, Flo Reneau, Kathleen Stroup and Deborah Liss-Green. The Theatre Albany performances open Thursday night. jim.hendricks@albanyherald.com

jim.hendricks@albanyherald.com

ALBANY — Summer’s here, perhaps not officially on the calendar, but it’s in full swing nonetheless.

And that the sun and fun can spill over into places you might not expect, such as the theater stage.

On Thursday, Theatre Albany opens a two-weekend production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” a show that Director Mark Costello believes will fit well into the mood and fun of the summer season.

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, “The Dixie Swim Club” is the story of five Southern women whose friendships developed years earlier when they were on their college swim team.

Each August, they set aside a long weekend in August to get together. With their husbands, kids and jobs back home, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

Costello says the play focuses on four of those weekends, spanning a period of 33 years, mixing comedy with friendships that last forever.

“Although, it’s an all-female cast, it is by no means just for the ladies,” Costello said. “Men will get a kick out of it, too.

“It’s a perfect show for the summer, especially if people are looking for some great entertainment.”

Deborah Liss-Green portrays Dinah, the wise-cracking cynic of the group. Francie Michas is Lexie, described as a “true Southern Belle.”

Kelly Mullin is Jeri Neal, the ditzy ray of sunshine of the group. Flo Reneau is Sheree, the perennial team captain. And Kathleen Stroup is Vernadette, a hard luck case if there ever was one. Stroup will also be featured in Wednesday’s SouthView section in our “In the Spotlight” interview.

Mary Lou Beasley is stage manager for the production, assisted by Becky Parker. Stephen G. Felmet designed the set, Sarah Donnan created costumes, and Ann Brim Streat and Karen McNally are in charge of make up. Sheila Phillips is assisting with costume changes, Courtney Lawson is handling sound and Kimberly Lawson is manning the light board,.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. June 10. The second week of performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. June 14-16 and 2:30 p.m. June 17.

Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $20, may be purchased by calling the box office at (229) 439-7141.