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Five Southern Ladies to light up Colleton Center Stage

The Dixie Swim Club,” a stage comedy about five Southern women, is scheduled for two performances at the Colleton Center, 494 Hampton Street, in Walterboro on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 31, at 3:00 p.m.

The play is the first show presented by Coastal Stage Productions, a new theater and event production company based in Ridgeland, SC. According to co-founder, Luke Cleveland, the new company’s vision is to bring quality live theater to small communities throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia.

The Walterboro performances follow the show’s premier in Estill, SC, and a sold-out dinner theater performance at Hilton Head Lakes outside of Hardeeville.

“We’re thrilled with the response the shows have received so far,” said Rodney Vaughn, co-founder in the new venture. He noted that due to the “road show” nature of the company’s productions, they are performed in a variety of settings from community centers to restaurant venues. “We’re looking forward to working with the Colleton Center, which has such a wonderful theater. We truly appreciate the support we’ve received from Director Jean Harrigal and the Board of the Center.”

Ms. Harrigal said “We are pleased to be among the first communities to take advantage of this new opportunity to bring additional performing arts to Colleton County. With support from the community, “The Dixie Swim Club” could be the first of many shows we’ll see in Walterboro from Coastal Stage Productions.”

The show tells the story of five unique women whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team and who have rekindled their relationships every August since in a cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The play looks in on four of those weekends over a period of thirty-three years as the women catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

“One of the most appealing aspects of the play is that people in the audience – both men and women – recognize the characters as people they actually know,” said Mr. Cleveland. “That makes for a lot of laughs.”

Show performances will be at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or may be reserved by calling 912.656.1598.


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