Dixie Swim Club Photo

CAPTION: Best friends share a laugh in Lakeshore Players' comedy The Dixie Swim Club. (Photo by Kiley Cermak)

Left to right: Janice Murphy Roman (Forest Lake), Mariah Christenson (Saint Paul), Amy Lynn Dauplaise (White Bear Lake), Mary Drew (Blaine), Amy Banker (Elk River)


Laugh Until You Cry with "The Dixie Swim Club" Sept 11-28
Southern Fried Comedy Opens Lakeshore Players 62nd Season

What do you get when you mix a spunky idealist, a quirky ray-of sunshine, a fun-loving narcissist, a wisecracking overachiever, and a self-deprecating biscuit enthusiast? You get five dynamic women with an everlasting friendship in The Dixie Swim Club. These five unforgettable characters began their friendship many years ago on their college swim team and set a long weekend every August to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives.

Kasey Jean Tunell is directing the show with the capable assistance of stage manager Jeff Musch, who said, "It is such a great show. I've heard the lines so many times already and they still make me laugh. I expect it will keep me laughing all the way through to the final performance."

According to Executive Director Joan Elwell, the White Bear Lake community arts organization brings in different teams of professional theater artists to produce every show. Lakeshore's Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski guides the teams from the first meeting months before auditions through the final performance. "I am overjoyed Kasey and Jeff are back. They worked in tandem on last year's hit show, Everybody Loves Opal and know how to make a good show great to ensure that everyone—both on stage and in the audience—has tons of fun," says Ratkowski.

The director said she drew inspiration for the play from ladies of TV's Sex and the City and The Golden Girls. "Most importantly I am inspired by my own friends and the five talented actresses in this show," said Tunnel. "Dixie is a beautifully crafted timeless piece with wit, humor, and touching moments. All audience members—women and men alike—can connect."

Performances are September 11 through 28, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in White Bear Lake.

Special "Dixie" Events:

-The $12 preview performance is Thursday, September 11.

-An opening night reception is included in the ticket price on Friday, September 12. Catered by Ingredients Cafe, the reception immediately follows the performance.

-Pay-what-you-can rush tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. while supplies last on Saturday, September 13.

-Find out more about the show and how Lakeshore brings a story from page to stage at a post-show discussion with the cast and crew following the matinee performance on Sunday, September 14.

Tickets are $18-$23 and may be reserved in advance with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. To purchase tickets in advance and select your own seats, go to LakeshorePlayers.com or call 651-429-5674.

Funding for "Dixie Swim Club" was made possible in part by the Minnesota State Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and from generous contributions from Lakeshore Players supporters.


Joan Elwell, Executive Director
(651) 426-3275


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


NEW! Choose your own seats with online purchase


Sep 11, Thurs (7:30 pm)
>$12 Preview

Sep 12, Fri (7:30 pm)
>Post-show reception

Sep 13, Sat (7:30 pm)
>Pay-what-you-can rush tickets available at the door while supplies last

Sep 14, Sun (2:00 pm)
>Post-show artist discussion

Sep 18, Thurs (7:30 pm)

Sep 19, Fri (7:30 pm)

Sep 20, Sat (7:30 pm)

Sep 21, Sun (2:00 pm)

Sep 25, Thurs (7:30 pm)

Sep 26, Fri (7:30 pm)

Sep 27, Sat (7:30 pm)

Sep 28, Sun (2:00 pm)
>ASL-Interpreted (with two week's notice)


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