Covered Bridge Players present ‘Dixie Swim Club’



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Described by the cast as “Golden Girls meet Designing Women, with a little bit of Steel Magnolias thrown in,” the Covered Bridge Players upcoming production of “Dixie Swim Club” is sure to make one smile.

“Dixie Swim Club” follows five members of the Pemberton College Swim Team from graduation through age 77. The group meets every summer for a weekend get away in the outer banks of North Carolina.

Having only five cast members, this comedy takes a peek at four of the annual weekends these life-long friends have spent together. It offers lots of humor and one-liners, as well as moments that will pull at one’s heartstrings.

The play portrays the friendships of five women with totally different lifestyles ranging from a perky and ditzy ray of sunshine (Barbara Andersen), to a youth-obsessed man-magnet (Sharon Breaseale), to a wisecracking cynic who excels at everything except romance (Sheree Logan).

Also thrown in the mix are a struggling mother with limited finances and a problematic lifestyle (Donna Miller Blackwell), and the perennial team captain (Betty Gowins), whose hyper-organized tendencies often drive her friends a bit crazy.

While these classmates have unique characteristics that offer an unlikely pairing of friendships, they have accepted each other as they are and do not try to change each other.

Of the five cast members, Andersen, Blackwell, and Logan are new to theatrical life.

Andersen said she was encouraged to audition by her friend and fellow cast-mate, Sharon Breaseale. She followed up by laughing and saying, “Sharon kept stalking me before I could get a protection order.”

Blackwell, when asked her thoughts about performing, said, “It’s been more than I expected, but everything I expected. I’m hooked.”

Directed by Mindy Wester Egan, “Dixie Swim Club” opened Sept. 8. Other performances will be held this weekend, Sept. 15 -17.

Advanced tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 274-7469. While advance tickets are not necessary, they are recommended. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of the show, if available.

The Covered Bridge Players are beginning their fifth season and are excited to see what the future holds. Auditions for the November performance of “Seasonal Allergies” will be held in September. Audition dates will be posted on the website.

The Covered Bridge Players is located at 413 Sixth Street South, Oneonta. For more information, contact Egan at 413-9210.