WESTFIELD — Westfield Community Players (WCP) announced auditions for its second production of its 2012-13 season, “The Dixie Swim Club.” It is being directed by Wanda S. Maragni and produced by JoAnne Lemenille.
Auditions will be held on Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WCP theater, 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield.
“The Dixie Swim Club,” a Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy is the story of Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, and who set aside a weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. We first meet the lively ladies in 1978, 23 years after college graduation, then again in 1983, 1988, and finally in 2011.
For most of the play the women should look like they’re in their mid-forties to mid-fifties (one is pregnant). The brief final scene when they are in their seventies takes place after a short blackout, there is no time for a complete make-up change, just a wig (possibly) and an overdress. The aging must be accomplished by skillful acting.
SHEREE HOLLINGER: the perennial team captain, is practical, supportive, and a fount of boundless energy. Never without her to-do lists or Pocket Scheduler, her tendency to be hyper-organized drives her friends a bit crazy. She is the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family.
DINAH GRAYSON: the wise-cracking cynic of the group, has fought her way to the top and relishes the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything – except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dinah seldom reveals her softer side as she tackles life head-on.
LEXIE RICHARDS: a true Southern belle who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the vain, youth-obsessed event planner for a chain of four-star hotels. She has never shied away from the occasional nip or tuck and keeps her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. Always one to revel in her status as a man-magnet, Lexie can be counted on to share wild and hilarious tales of her romantic exploits.
JERI NEAL MCFEELEY: is the dizzy ray of sunshine of the group. She’s perky and naive and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for many years, Jeri Neal has been protected from life’s seamier side. Even though she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal, recently located to Charlottesville, Virginia, continually makes life choices that surprise and amaze her friends.
VERNADETTE SIMMS is a hard luck case if there ever was one. Marriage and motherhood came shortly after college, and a dark cloud has hovered above her ever since. A public school teacher with limited finances and a problematic home life in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of these lifelong friends.
Production dates: Jan. 5, 12, 13, 18 and 19, 2013.
The Audition Form can be found on WCP’s web site at: http://www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/WCPauditionform.html