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HILLSBORO — The first production of the Myers Dinner Theater 26th Anniversary season will be The Sweet Delilah Swim Club, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

This show was written by the writers of The Golden Girls and the creators of The Savannah Sipping Society. Anyone who likes Steel Magnolias should definitely not miss this production.

The story follows five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team and who plan a long weekend each August to rekindle those relationships. Free of husbands, children and jobs, they meet at the same beach house, the “Sweet Delilah” on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to chat, laugh and get involved in each other’s lives.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club is centered on four of those weekends, spanning a period of 33 years. Desperate to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, Sheree, the plucky team captain, remains the leader of the group. Dinah, the funny high achiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom stand in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, spoiled and outspoken, is determined to keep her looks and youth for as long as possible. She enjoys being married – over and over again. Aware of the dark cloud hanging over her life, the self-deprecating and bitter Vernadette has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager Jeri Neal has a late entry into motherhood that surprises them all.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on each other, through advice and raucous repartee, to meet the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenthood, divorce, aging) that life throws at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in Act II, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” flock to their own with the power and love that propels this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction leads. The Sweet Delilah Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women – a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

This production will be Dion Stover’s directorial debut at the Myers Dinner Theatre. Stover from Chicago is the new artistic director at MDT. The production will feature five powerful women, including MDT graduate Natasha Ricketts, who patrons may remember as Betty Jean Reynolds in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Sweet Delilah Swim Club opens Friday and runs through February 20, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees, seating for dinner at 12:00 p.m. and curtain call at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening performances seated for dinner at 6:30pm with curtain at 8:00pm and Sunday matinee with seated dinner at 1:00pm and curtain at 2:30pm

Tickets may be purchased by calling 765-798-4902 ext. 2 or visit our website www.myersdt.com. Performance dates vary, so consult the MDT online calendar for performance dates and times. Theater prices are $50 for dinner and theater, $37 for students (ages 4-18) and shows only for $35. Prices do not include taxes and handling fees. Season passes, group rates and bus parking are also available.

The Myers Dinner Theater is located at 108 Water St., Hillsboro and is handicap accessible.


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