Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Debbie Swanson, who is performing, as Vernadette, in The Dixie Swim Club. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Why should women come and see The Dixie Swim Club?
DS: As I’ve gotten older, I have really learned the value of having “girl” friends. This show has such strong writing that illustrates the bond long- term women friends can have. Through thick and thin, they are there for each other and I think all of us women can certainly relate to that!
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
DS: All of the women I’m working with are such fantastic actors! As we rehearse, everyone is experimenting with their lines—trying to get the right inflection, timing and accents for each of our particular characters. The director-Kari Steinbach-has been leading us through the process of exploring who these “Dixie Swim Club” women are and what their motivations could be and it has been so rewarding.
LA: Being that The Dixie Swim Club is written by the same creative playwrights who also wrote The Hallelujah Girls, that Lyric Arts produced last season, what are the differences between the shows?
DS: I think that Dixie Swim Club digs deeper. It is set over a time period of many years rather than just the one year, so the characters find themselves dealing with more issues—both the good and the bad! We see each of the women changing and growing as the years go by, so I feel like the audience will relate more to each of the women and feel more invested in their lives. But don’t get me wrong—there is plenty of one-liners and laughing to go around, just like in Hallelujah Girls!
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
DS: I feel so grateful that Lyric Arts continues to choose such a wide range of shows for each of it’s seasons. Audiences get to experience a full range of shows throughout the year—from serious drama that really makes you think, to lighthearted musicals, comedies and children’s shows and then of course, well written “slice of life” shows like this one. Dixie Swim Club will be my 9th show at Lyric Arts, and I keep coming back because of the high quality productions that you offer! Thank-you, Thank-you.