Susan Domerhas performed in over 50 local productions
where she has played a countess, a prison matron, a professor’s
wife, a doctor, a wet nurse, a bartender, a drunk, an innkeeper, two
New York socialites, a Jew hiding from the Nazi’s, an itinerant
preacher, an abused wife, both a rich and poor southern grandmother
and the mother of a young man on death row. All of these roles were
in preparation for her next, which this time happens to be
Vernadette and her funny, hard luck life.
Julie Donnell has most recently been seen playing Roz in 9 to 5 at the Civic theater last fall. Her recent Arena appearances include Edna in Prisoner of 2nd Avenue and Miss Maple in The Butler Did It.
As a veteran in the theater, I am new to the Fort Wayne theater
experience. I was in 9 to 5 at the Civic last fall and am excited
about my debut at the Arena Dinner Theatre as Jeri Neal. After a 25
year hiatus to focus on my family, I am looking forward to being
back on the stage.
Rebecca is coping with having her only child go away to college by re-acquainting herself with a long lost love of
theatre. She is a grants administrator in the City's Office of Housing and Neighborhood Services and works with many social service
agencies committed to making our community a better place for everyone. Rebecca is a native of the Kansas City area and hasn't
been onstage in awhile, but favorite roles from the past include Ismene in Antigone; Winifred, in Once Upon A Mattress; and Anne, in
Separate Tables. She is very appreciative of the opportunity to appear on the Arena Theatre stage.
This is Regan's 6th show at Arena Dinner Theatre! She is thrilled to be back and playing such a fun character.
Every so often, a play comes along that speaks to our souls. Of course, it’s always unexpected. It usually leaves us riveted for hours while we realize that what we just read is the very thing we’re experiencing in our own lives. “The Dixie Swim Club” was no exception for me. As part of the play reading committee for Arena Dinner Theatre, we came across this delightful comedy. It seemed as though many dinner theatres were participating in what was being referred to as a ‘heartwarming show’. What I didn’t realize when I began this journey, was that heartwarming, couldn’t even come close to effectively describing this play. The story follows five characters, who originally meet as members on a college swim team. Throughout the play, we have the pleasure of following the southern women, through life’s trials and tribulations, beginning in their mid forties and spanning 30 years. As the play unfolds, you may even question how these five women who are closer than family to one another, could possibly have remained friends. Yet clearly each year, their friendships grow stronger and we see beautiful transformations from each of them. The authors, Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, do a lovely job of depicting the aging process as being very believable, especially to those of us who are experiencing it ourselves. There seems to be a time in our lives, when we still feel like we’re twenty- something on the inside, but see a stranger standing in the mirror before us. In fact, one of the characters reflects on that very topic. She herself feels young at heart, but surprisingly sees a ‘middle aged hand holding on to her martini glass’. As the Director of Homecare for Lutheran Life Villages, I have the privilege of working with seniors every day. I’m given the opportunity to hear their inspiring stories that are not too distant from the ones that these 5 fascinating characters share. They remind me frequently that life’s too short but can be a wonderful adventure if we allow it to be. The Dixie Swim Club, is its own adventure. It runs the gamut of emotions and leaves us appreciating all of the friendships that we experience throughout our lives. I hope you’ll join us as we eavesdrop on these characters and follow them through their own special journeys.
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