An emotional journey

Published 10:10 am Thursday, October 11, 2012

Seated on left is Barb Sekora as Lexie and seated on right is Nancy Lahs as Vernadette. Standing is Rosalie Truax as Dinah. The three women, along with Kris Bartley and Kristan Dye, star in “Dixie Swim Club,” which opens today. --Kelli Lageson/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Leans will have the chance to follow the emotional, and hilarious, journey of five college friends in an upcoming play.

Rosalie Truax, middle as Dinah, speaks to Kris Bartley, left as Sheree, as Barb Sekora, right as Lexie, listens on during a dress rehearsal for “Dixie Swim Club.”

Albert Lea Community Theatre presents “Dixie Swim Club,” a comedy that follows five women who became friends while swimming together in college. The friends meet every summer to reconnect, and the audience will see them at ages 44, 49, 54 and 73.

“It’s just a delightful comedy,” Director Glen Parsons said.

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The cast is made up of just five women including Kris Bartley as Sheree, Nancy Lahs as Vernadette, Kristan Dye as Jeri Neal, Barb Sekora as Lexie and Rosalie Truax as Dinah.

Parsons said rehearsals have been fun with such a small cast. He’s also encouraged collaboration from the actors on things like where characters move on the stage.

“I try to include the cast — it’s been a real collaboration,” Parsons said.

The show runs about one and a half hours, with a 15-minute intermission. The intermission precedes the most dramatic change in the characters as they jump from age 54 to 73. The setting is the same vacation home throughout the show where the women meet each year in North Carolina.

“Dixie Swim Club” opens today at 7:30 p.m. Shows continue at the same time Friday and Saturday and Oct. 17, 18, 19 and 20. The show is the first of ACT’s 48th season. The comedy is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-730-3144, online at or at the box office.

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Tickets, please

What: ACT presents “Dixie Swim Club”

When: 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 17, 18, 19 and 20

Where: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway

How much: Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students