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Friends recharge relationships at vacation cottage in ACT Ottawa’s new play

ACT Ottawa is going to the outer banks for a weekend and inviting all their friends along for some fun and sun. Join them for a lot of laughs, a few tears, and a chance to support Franklin County Cancer Foundation.

ACT Ottawa, Ottawa’s community theater, is staging Dixie Swim Club by Jamie Wooten, Jesse Jones and Nicholas Hope, at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory, Ottawa, in four shows.

Opening night is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, followed by a one-night-only dinner theatre beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, show to follow at 7 p.m. The show on Saturday, Sept. 12 starts at 7 p.m.; and a daytime matinee is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

ACT Ottawa will be featuring a silent auction to benefit the Franklin County Cancer Foundation and accepting financial donations at each show.  

The story: Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long 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.

Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married – over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal, the nun and their own personal ray of sunshine, has big news that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women – a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

To buy tickets online, see For more information, email, or contact play director Krystal Stahl at 785-304-6824.

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