Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Denise Martineau, who is performing, as Lexie, in The Dixie Swim Club. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?
DM: My best friend from childhood was in a production of The Dixie Swim Club in Hudson, WI last spring and I was so jealous of her, up on stage having so much fun.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with The Dixie Swim Club can you tell us about the show?
DM: The audience will enjoy the inside jokes and closeness of five lifelong friends who face aging and life's challenges with humor and love.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in The Dixie Swim Club How have you developed this character?
DM: I would love to have Lexi as my alter-ego. She covers up her insecurities with a lot of fancy clothes and fast men. She's self- centered, but has a heart of gold. She's lucky to have friends who can see past all her "window dressing" to the wonderful person she really is.
LA: Why should women come and see The Dixie Swim Club?
DM:I think every woman will find a little of herself in the characters in the show and be able to laugh at it's honesty.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
DM: The professionalism of the women in this show is a credit to the quality of performances that is fostered in the Lyric Arts community. Each of our characters is a caricature, but each of my cast mates iS infusing her character with such humanity and love. I'm honored to be part of the group and daunted that the bar is set so high.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of The Dixie Swim Club?
DM: The writing captures a lot of truth about women's friendships; sometimes catty, sometimes playful, sometimes snotty, but always loving. I think our cast is handling the balance between silly and sentimentality very well.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
DM: The humor.
LA: Being that this show is all about a group of girlfriends, what is your favorite thing to do on a “Girls Weekend?”
DM: I love staying up and talking the night away and laughing until my sides hurt.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
DM:I'm thrilled to be returning to the stage after a twelve-year absence while home with my kids. I have appeared in more than 20 shows and one of my favorite roles was as a street person/chorus in "Sweeney Todd." I enjoy writing and always welcome new readers to my blog: www.brazenhussywordsonthewind.blogspot.com. I teach music with the Osseo School District.