Amy Chadwell (Jeri Neal McFeely)
Amy is so excited to be rejoining the theatre world! Her last appearance was also with Gallery Players in Christmas Belles. Amy is a librarian turned stay-at-home mom who lives in Whitsett. She would like to thank her husband and kids for their support and also the wonderful director and cast for making this such a hilarious and memorable experience!
Carmen Deese (Vernadette Simms)
Carmen Deese has enjoyed her first Jones-Hope-Wooten ensemble show. Since the pandemic began, Carmen has been grateful for the chance to act virtually, which means working with awesome casts while also wearing sweatpants and bedroom shoes. Favorite roles include Mrs. Mary Haines in The Women, Doris Walker in A Miracle on 34th Street, Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Charity Barnum in Barnum, and Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird. When not on the stage, (virtual or in the flesh), Carmen works in HR in the manufacturing setting and is married to a very non-Burl like husband (Bill) and is the stepmom to very upbeat stepsons.
Kelly Durfey (Lexie Richards)
Kelly Durfey is very excited to perform in her first show with The Gallery Players! She was most recently on the stage with Orange Community Players, as Mrs.Corry in Mary Poppins. Some favorite roles from the past few years include Tatiana Racon in A Comedy of Tenors, Diana Nichols in California Suite, and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She recently directed The Wizard of Oz with Backyard Theatricals, an outdoor theater company that she started last year. She enjoys both acting and directing, along with teaching various theater classes, piano, and voice. She is so grateful to be performing with the amazing women in Swim Club, under the direction of the ever amazing and incomparable Ashley Phipps!
Christina Hrinko (Dinah Grayson)
Christina Hrinko was last seen on stage as Mother Superior in Sister Act! Some of her favorite roles include Kala in Tarzan, Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Marian Paroo in The Music Man. She has a BA in Theatre from Lynchburg College, and a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU. After taking a break from acting, she is grateful to work with such amazing people. Much thanks to Ashley for this incredible opportunity! Love to her family, and especially her husband, Scott, and her kids William and Ava.
Summer Nettleman (Sheree Hollinger)
Summer Nettleman started doing shows with such fun hits as “The Boys Next Door”, and “The Taming of the Shrew”. In the meantime, she has been raising her own two kids in NC and negotiating corporate contracts as she and her family travel the country full time in their fifth-wheel RV. She is so excited to be able to dip her toe back in theater, especially in such an interesting new way. She would like to thank all of her fabulous fellow cast members, director, and producers for this opportunity, and to go on record as a true blooded southerner who will not be giving up her biscuits any time soon.
Ashley Phipps (Director)
Ashley Phipps has been acting, directing, and choreographing in and for educational, community, and professional theatre for longer than she cares to admit being alive. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Meredith College and is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Sweet Charity Productions, a virtual theatre company that raises money for nonprofit organizations. This is the twenty-fifth production she has directed in thirteen years. Ashley would like to thank Gallery for this opportunity, and to express her undying gratitude for the five talented, hilarious, kind, strong women who have given life to this cast of characters.
Nicole Pietrantoni (Stage Manager)
Nicole Pietrantoni is very excited to be a part of The Sweet Delilah Swim Club. After doing backstage work on several shows in college (sending love to the Le Moyne College costume department!), Nicole has taken a break from the theater scene for the past few years. She's very grateful to Ashley Phipps for the opportunity to get involved in the theater scene again! She has loved working with these talented ladies who are truly masters of their craft.