The Flat River Community Players are excited to announce a 2015 season of laugh-out-loud comedic theater with a touch of nostalgia.
First up will be the play, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB. The comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, involves five diverse Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. These gals plan a long weekend every August to get together and renew those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to drink martinis, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives.
The play focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, roadblocks, detours and disappoints pop up, but the ladies of the Dixie Swim Club rely on one another – and their robust and bawdy sense of humor – to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them.
THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB takes the heart-warming Southern charm and enduring friendships of “Steel Magnolias” and adds the sassy, fast-paced repartee of “The Golden Girls” to come up with an hilarious yet touching comedy about the kind of relationships that last a lifetime.
Lyle B. Fales (DEARLY DEPARTED, ALL MY SONS, ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT for the FRCP; ELEEMOSYNARY for Bottom’s Dream Theatre) will direct “Dixie,” working with producer Hilda Sorvari.
Auditions to cast five adult women are planned for Monday and Tuesday, February 9 and 10, at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 S. Clay St., Greenville. Possible callbacks on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Performances of THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB will be April 10-12 and 17-18 at the Greenville Area Community Center.
The second production of the FRCP season is a musical based on a much-loved movie from the Eighties, 9 TO 5. Starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Dabney Coleman, the movie features three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot who find a way to turn the tables on him, but good!
The stage musical follows the movie quite closely as the three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world! Music and lyrics are by the great Dolly Parton and the book of the musical is by Patricia Resnick.
Besides the well known title song, the show features many additional numbers with a country flair, such as “Here for You,” “Let Love Grow,” “Backwoods Barbie,” “Cowgirl’s Revenge,” “Potion Notion,” “Heart to Hart,” “Shine Like the Sun,” “One of the Boys,” and “Get Out and Stay Out.”
All set to direct 9 TO 5 for the Players is Amanda Hall. This will be Amanda’s first official turn in the director’s chair for the group, although she assistant-directed ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. (Also, a murder mystery at MCC and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF for Ionia Community Theatre.) Music direction will be by Katy McDonough with assistance from Mark Dombroske. Kent Schuster will produce.
Those interested in auditioning should come with a prepared song from any Broadway show other than 9 TO 5. Please bring either sheet music for our accompanist or a recording. No a cappella singing, please.
Auditions are set for Sunday, May 3, at 1:00 PM, Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. The production calls for a good-sized cast of four adult women, three adult men, and a teenaged boy, plus a flexible, mixed chorus of older teens and adults.
Performances of 9 TO 5 will be July 10-12 and 17-18 at the Greenville Area Community Center.
Make plans now to see the 2015 productions of our own community theatre group, the FRCP. Season ticket information will be available soon. Call the Players at (616) 754-8207 to leave a message if you have questions. Also, look in at our Facebook page for more up-to-date information!