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Foremost Theatrical Society ready to mount dinner theatre production

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After a three-year hiatus, the Foremost Theatrical Society is returning to the stage this fall with its popular dinner theatre event, but interested audience members shouldn’t wait to get their tickets as they are selling out quickly.

The dinner theatre event is set for Nov. 24-26 in the Foremost Hall. The play, a comedy called The Dixie Swim Club, is co-directed by Gordon Johnson and Clint Collin.
“We’re well into rehearsals now and the cast is all set,” says Collin. “We have a full entourage of cast and crew.”
Rehearsals are currently taking place three times a week for a few hours at a time, but that will ramp up as the performance dates draw nearer.
Tickets went on sale the last week of October, and already, last Collin had heard, they were already more than 50 per cent sold.
“We’re in good shape as far as ticket sales go,” he adds.
In the past, dinner theatres have attracted bus loads of people from Medicine Hat and Bow Island.
Tickets, which are $37 each, are available at the Foremost Treasury Branch (403-867-2069). It is all reserved seating and only about 140 people can be accommodated each night. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m.; a “turkey and all the fixins” dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show gets underway at 8 p.m.
The play comedy should be a draw for all types of personalities.
Collin explains it’s about five women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They 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. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women — a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.”
Members of the Foremost Theatrical Society are hopeful this year’s dinner theatre will prove to be a  return to the stage on a regular basis for the non-profit organization which has been in the community since 1971.
The group at one time did two performances a year — one in the spring and one in the fall — but that dwindled to one. In total, there have been 34 musicals and 27 dinner theatres.
While there have been no performances by the group since 2012, the society has still met on a regular basis and sponsored various activities.
The society started a Carol Festival in 2002 and that still continues annually. This year’s event is set for Nov. 27 and will feature some choirs, singing family groups and local talent. There is no charge to the public for the event, but people are asked to bring an item for the food bank.
More society members are always needed and there are a multitude of ways to help and give back.
Anyone interested in becoming part of the Foremost Theatrical Society can contact Gordon Johnson at 403-687-3957 or Clint Collin at 403-647-7877.

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