By Richard Dahl

            The summer of 2020 will go down as a bust for Munds Park’s adult theatre community, but five of our top actors deserve a thunderous round of applause.  After Coconino Community Theatre (CCT) had to cancel its play “The Dixie Swim Club” because of COVID-19, the play’s all-female cast decided to enter their work in a highly sought-after big city arts competition. They completed the rigorous requirements set by the City of Glendale’s annual Performing Arts Partnership Program and provided videos of their stagecraft to the judges’ panel. It was quite an endeavor for this fledgling community theatre to compete with long established and well-funded urban arts groups, but the nail-biting and anxious anticipation proved to be well worthwhile.

            The City of Glendale Arts Commission has announced that the “Dixie Swim Club” cast, which includes Melanie Westmark, Carol Jones, Nancy Del Duca, Jayne Heckman, and Cheryl Parker, and Director Lynn Rouyer, are in the winners’ circle for 2021. The prize is a first for Munds Park. The CCT actors will be awarded not only a nice monetary grant, but also the opportunity to perform “The Dixie Swim Club” for live audiences in downtown Glendale over the winter months. Details will be announced once the Glendale City Council formally approves the grant in early October. Show dates and times will be available on CCT’s website,

            Meanwhile, “The Dixie Swim Club” women offered a preview of their upcoming show to a group attending the Arizona Compassion In Action women’s retreat on August 29th. They performed a scene from the show for a small but appreciative audience whose hearty laughter and applause assured the cast that they’ll be back for more either at the upcoming shows in Glendale or next summer in Munds Park June 25th, 26th, and 27th and July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

            Well done, CCT ladies!

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