Best Friends Forever – 5 unforgettable women share the laughter and tears of their everlasting friendship

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cast Bios

Mary Brown (Sheree) is excited to be returning to the Civic Theatre after a seven year break. Her last show at GRCT was Blood Relations in 2005 as Emma. Other Civic shows include: Dearly Departed (2004) as Lucille and Night of the Iguana (2003) as Frau Fahrenkopf. She most recently played Old Kate in Circle Theatre's Treasure Island this past summer. Other out of state credits include Annie Get Your Gun, I'm Not Rappaport, and The Sound of Music – all in Rockford, Illinois. To God be the glory and many thanks to Jenn for all her patience.

Megan Carson (Lexie) is performing in her debut role at GRCT. She has gotten her kicks from theatre classes for a few years now. This is her first big production. She would like to thank her instructors and classmates for their guidance and good times. Zip! Zap! Zup! Most of all, she thanks her husband, Jim, who has always believed in seriously pursuing one's "hobbies".

Sandy Kirchinger (Jeri Neal) is pleased to be making her GRCT debut! As a kid she was in many productions at the Houston Music Theatre and the Oklahoma Theatre Center. In high school, some of her favorite roles included Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and Ida in See How They Run. Since returning to community theatre as an adult, Sandy has been Claree in Steel Magnolias in Hastings, Lilliums in Afraid of the Dark in Middleville and Rhonda in 'Til Death Do Us Part in Greenville. She was especially thrilled to play Helsa in Kalamazoo Civic Theatre's production of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 and, most recently, the Headmistress in Welcome to Mitford at Master Arts Theatre. Thanks to Nancy for this wonderful opportunity.

Sue Ellen Pabst (Vernadette) is happy to be making her debut at GRCT; although she is no stranger to the stage she most recently directed, sponsored, and produced the Independent production of Vagina Monologues. Other credits include: The Beauty Queen of Leenane as Mag/Mother, Baby and the Bath Water, Eleemosynary, A Thurber Carnival and played Eunice in A Street Car Named Desire – all at Bottom's Dream Theatre. Sue Ellen has also been a part of Flat River Community Theatre shows like Agnes of God (Psychiatrist), The Lion in Winter (Queen Eleanor), and Crimes of the Heart as Chic/Cousin. Special gratitude to Jim for your support and love... oh and you too, Penny.

Karan Petkus (Dinah) is excited to be returning to the Civic stage having last appeared in Our Town as a Townsperson in 2010. Other stage appearances include: Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing (2006) as Mrs. Yarby, The Sound of Music (2007) as Frau Schmidt and Willy Wonka (2009) as Grandma Georgina. Aside from performing Karan is no stranger to helping out behind the scenes. She was recently the lead dresser for Bye, Bye Birdie and was also the Lion's dresser for The Wizard of Oz last season. Karan also was a dresser for Hello Dolly (2011), The Producers (2009) and It's A Wonderful Life (2008). Karan is active in other community theatres as well such as Top Dog/Under Dog (2009) at Actors' Theatre where she was part of the crew, Alice in Wonderland (2010) as The White Queen and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2011) at Circle Theatre. She is also involved in her college radio program and was in a GVSU film called "Melonheads." "Thanks to my amazing husband Alan and my children Sabrina, Alex and Emerson – I love you so much! Thanks also to Nancy, Christina and Ben for this wonderful opportunity!"

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Show Description

Best Friends Forever – Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. This production focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.