Jane R. Reid as


a true Southern belle who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the vain, youth-obsessed event planner for a chain of four-star hotels. She has never shied away from the occasional nip or tuck and keeps her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. Always one to revel in her status as a man-magnet, Lexie can be counted on to share wild and hilarious tales of her romantic exploits.

About Jane R. Reid….

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

- Bernard Meltzer

Like the characters in The Dixie Swim Club, I have been blessed with friendships that have withstood the test of time and life’s challenges. I am so proud of my 30+ year friendship with my “JABs” (Jump Around Buddies).  Add to this the gift of my BFF, Judy, and I am one lucky lady.

My hope is the audience will be able to see through “Lexie’s” veneer and find the hidden refined and gentile Southern lady.

Thank you to the cast and crew of “DSC” for the blessing of my new friendships. And to Larry Oldham and the Little Theatre of Danville, Inc. for allowing me to once again be a part of a production of this endearing play.

For a number of years I have had the privilege to work with local theatres in the Danville and Pittsylvania County area. To date, some of my favorite roles include “Ouiser” in Steel Magnolias, “Doris” in Same Time, Next Year,  “Jacqueline” in Don’t Dress for Dinner,  “Agnes” in The Four Poster, “Diana” in London Suite, ”Gabrielle” in The Dinner Party, “Lucille” in The Cemetery Club, “Rose” in God’s Favorite, “Charlotte Hay” in Moon Over Buffalo, “Isobel Lomax” in The Kitchen Witches and “Emma” in Over the River and Through the Woods.

Penny Scarce as

Jeri Neal,

the dizzy ray of sunshine of the group. She’s perky and naïve and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for many years, Jeri Neal has been protected from life’s seamier side. Even though she appears to be predictable, Jeri Neal, recently located to Charlottesville, Virginia, continually makes life choices that surprise and amaze her friends.

About Penny Scarce…

Hello, I’m Penny Scarce, a native of Gretna Virginia. I am a mother of two beautiful girls; Caitlyn, almost 21 and Madisyn almost 14 and they have been an extension of my heart for so many years. I am a self-employed hairdresser who is always looking for a little fun and happiness in this life. A few years ago I discovered my true passion in this life, Theatre. One day a little over 5 years ago I was praying and asked God to open the doors for me to do what I love, theatre and singing.  It wasn’t long before He did just that. I got involved in Gretna Little Theatre and the rest is history.  He, too, opened the door for me to sing and I love music as well. I sing mostly contemporary Christian music but love all kinds of music from opera to acoustic bluegrass. If a song speaks to my heart then I really don’t care what kind of music it is.  I hope to continue singing for the Lord in churches and also other events within the community. God will open the doors for my life because He knows the desires of my heart, He already has.

I have been involved in theatre now for better than 5 years. Theatre has always been my passion. Although I’ve only been on stage acting for a short period of time, I have found more joy and am in my element when I’m on stage. During my 5 plus years with Gretna Little Theatre I have performed in many shows that have spoken to heart or that I have just had a blast doing.  This show, Dixie Swim Club is however my favorite production that I have done thus far. With GLT I played the character of “Dinah” and fell in-love with her and her zest for life. She learned before it is too late to enjoy her life in another level other that her career. In this version of Dixie I play “Jeri Neal”, another lady who learned that living life can take you where one believes God may carry them. As she says, “When you change horses midstream, you better count on getting your boots wet!” There is a lot of truth in that statement!! You see, in whatever characters I play I find a little of myself living in each and every one of them. Or should I say a little of them living in me. This show is all about friends; living life to its fullest and dealing with whatever life throws your way. I too believe in our “real lives” we too have to live life to its fullest, because as the song says, life is a dance, don’t sit it out, Just Dance.

Some of the shows that I have had the honor of participating in are Enchanted April, where I played “Lotty Wilton” who too went out to find her real happiness in life and found it on holiday in the Mediterranean.  I also played “Sylvie” in,The Odd Couple, Female Version, another lady with a passion for life who loves her friends and loves living life. I have also played some villains in my short time on stage. “Magda” was a conniving murderous diamond thief in 25 Words or Death. She was so much fun to play, and I tell people that “Magda” too lives deep within me.  I also played “Margarett” in Murdered to Death. Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t hardly hurt a fly, but it is so much fun being someone who you aren’t as well as challenging one’s self as an actress to use a wide array of emotions.  

My motto in life is “I have fun everywhere I go”. God has opened so many doors for me and I can hardly wait to see what door He will open next!! I plan on walking through each and every one He opens and find the blessing that He will bestow on me. As He tells me “I know the plan that I have for you and I have prepared the way!!” Now it just doesn’t get much better than that, now does it?!!

Pat Shumate as


the perennial team captain, practical, supportive, and a fount of boundless energy. Never without her to-do lists or Pocket Scheduler, her tendency to be hyper-organized drives her friends a bit crazy. She is the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family.

About Pat Shumate…

Pat Shumate is delighted to be on the stage with the Little Theatre of Danville once again!

Some of her favorite roles have been “Claire” in Rumors, “Peaches” in Red Velvet Cake Wars, “Grace” in Grace and Glory, and her very favorite, “Truvy” in Steel Magnolias.  Pat hopes you will enjoy meeting “Sheree”, a take charge, athletic, organized woman who has it all together.  This is a stretch for Pat who is a non athletic, unorganized woman who has never come close to having anything "all together."

Thanks to Larry for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful cast.

Merilyn Newell as


the wise-cracking cynic of the group, who has fought her way to the top and relishes the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything… except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dinah seldom reveals her softer side as she tackles life head-on.

About Merilyn Newell…

Merilyn is stepping onto the Little Theatre of Danville stage for the first time in this production of The Dixie Swim Club.

She recently appeared as “Big Mama” Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with the Clarksville Community Players and has served as assistant director, stage manager and music director for shows in Roxboro, Burlington and Clarksville, having received the 2011 Pearl Award for Music Direction with The Gallery Players in Burlington for their production of South Pacific.

Merilyn performed the role of “Vernadette” in 2009 and 2010 productions of The Dixie Swim Club which played in Burlington, Danville, and Roxboro. Among her other favorite roles are “Betty Meeks” in The Foreigner, “Truvy” in Steel Magnolias and “Widow Corney” in Oliver – The Musical.  She has also written and performed in many community fundraising productions.

Merilyn is currently serving as mayor of Roxboro and is Vice President at Roxboro Savings Bank. She conducts anti-aging, image and relaxation workshops for ladies, enjoys playing her piano, singing, cooking, needlework and community service.

She thanks her family and her fur babies, Jacey and Jack, for their love and support and dedicates this performance to the memory of her late husband, Doug Newell.

Madalyn Mohamed as


a hard luck case if there ever was one. Marriage and motherhood came shortly after college, and a dark cloud has hovered above her ever since. A public school teacher with limited finances and a problematic home life in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of these lifelong friends.

About Madalyn Mohamed….

Madalyn Mohamed has a BA in Theatre Arts from Averett University and a minor in Music and English. She has enjoyed her roles as “Sister Mary Regina” in Nunsense, “Reno Sweeny” in Anything Goes, “Dotty Ottly” in Noises Off, “Grandma Kernitz” in Lost In Yonkers, "Vernadette" in  The Dixie Swim Club and “Mrs. White” in Clue, The Musical with The Little Theatre of Danville. Madalyn has also enjoyed working with The Little Theatre of Danville as Patsy Cline in Dear Patsy, A Tribute to Patsy Cline. Madalyn was last seen as “Vera” in Little Theatre’s production of Smoke on the Mountain.

Cast & Characters of The Dixie Swim Club