(SALLY BEANE/Park Avenue Players)
AUDITIONS ON MARCH 9-10: Chewelah theatre group hosting auditions at Chewelah Center for the Arts…
Park Avenue Players is gearing up for their spring production “The Dixie Swim Club” which consists of a witty yet touching Jones, Hope & Wooten comedy about five Southern women whose lasting friendship begins on a college swim team and spans decades of a long weekend every August to recharge their relationships free from husbands, kids and jobs.
Auditions for the all-female cast are scheduled for Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. both evenings. Auditions will take place at Chewelah Center for the Arts at 405 N 3rd St E, Chewelah.
Playing a role calls for a commitment of four to five rehearsals a week that will start March 16 and culminate in six performances, scheduled for the last two weekends of May. Actors for these parts will ideally be in the roughly 30- to 70-year age range.
The play will be directed by seasoned director and long-time Park Avenue Player, Cheri Freeman, with assistance from another Park Avenue veteran, Geno Ludwig.
“In addition to actors, we also need a props manager and we’re looking for dressers to help with quick changes and makeup,” said Freeman. “The characters start in their 40s and age to their 70s throughout the scenes of the play, so you can understand the need for backstage help!”
The characters include Sheree, once the spunky team captain, who now desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, a career dynamo, whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Then there is Lexie, pampered and outspoken, determined to hold on to her looks and youth, who enjoys being married – over and over and over again.
Sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise, while the acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, decides to give in and embrace the chaos. As their lives unfold, the women increasingly rely on one another throughout the challenges of men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce and aging. And when fate throws a monkey wrench into one of their lives, these friends poignantly prove the enduring power of teamwork.
“If one of these roles appeals to you, we invite you to join the fun,” said Freeman. “Become part of The Dixie Swim Club and create your own lasting friendships with fellow cast members.
Questions about auditioning or otherwise participating in this play can be directed to Freeman at (509) 935-6681.