By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: July 6, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA – Swift Creek Mill Theatre’s latest feature on their mainstage, Savannah Sipping Society has captured the hearts and funny bones of local theatergoers as the production begins its run at the popular Southside Virginia theater.
The mid-week show last Wednesday left the audience in tears, with somewhat-sore bellies from laughing so hard, with the cast receiving a well-deserved standing ovation.
This production by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, is no doubt the beginning of a great summer at The Mill. This over-the-top celebration of Southern women was written by the writers of Always a Bridesmaid, The Golden Girls, and The Dixie Swim Club.
This funny, sassy tale of empowered women is a must-see on your summer to-do list. Men, as well as women, will find this production absolutely hilarious! This is yet another terrific script being brought to life by The Mill. The delightful laugh-a-minute comedy tells the story of four unique women who are drawn together by fate. At an impromptu happy hour, the women decide it’s high time to reclaim and take back their enthusiasm for life. A joyful and touching romp ensues!
The show will run through July 13 on Fridays, Saturdays, and select Thursdays, at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale, and groups are encouraged to attend. There will be matinees on select dates, at 2:30 p.m. Doors open for dining two-hours before curtain. Reservations are required to dine.
The Savannah Sipping Society is directed by Tom Width, who also provides Scenic Design. Costume Design is by Maura Lynch Cravey. Lighting Design is by Joe Doran. Technical Direction is by Jason “Blue” Herbert. Randa Covington is played by Joy Williams. Marlafaye Mosley is played by Robin Arthur. Dot Haigler is played by Jacqueline Jones. Jinx Jenkins is played by Jennifer Clevenger.
The superb acting of the four women in this production drew you into the somewhat-chaotic and funny circumstances of their lives. The amazing set design also made you feel that you were right there with them, sharing their laughter, their triumphs, and yes, their liquor.
“The slightly raised set is divided into three sections,” said Chuck Bowen, House Manager, Swift Creek Mill Theatre. “Stage left is a blue panel, which is sky. In front of the blue panel is a palm tree by a picnic table with three seats. In the center of the stage is a bright yellow veranda, a huge porch that takes up much of the stage. It is quite stylized with columns, chairs, a couch, and a bar off to the right where the four women continuously retrieve drinks during the production. On the far right of the stage, there is another blue panel, or the sky. Everything is quite believable and definitely draws you into the story.”
Reserved tickets are $40. Senior, Military, and Student tickets are available. Add dining for $17, up to 48-hours before a performance. Rush tickets are sold one-hour before performances, depending on seat availability. These tickets range from $10 to $20 and are perfect for audience members who are new to theatre, or unable to schedule tickets in advance.
Not only is the production amazing, but the three-course dining is superb. Unbelievably, the cost of the impeccable meal is only $17. Each course is served on a table adorned with linens and candlelight. The backdrop is the historic, yet elegant Mill Room. The main course; however, is somewhat buffet-style so that you can look at the gorgeous entrees, and choose one, or more if you like, and all of your sides, all of which are included in the initial cost. The menu for this production is Cajun-influenced and is crazy good. After dining, your choice of homemade dessert is served with your choice of beverage. This is not eating—this is dining. An intimate date or a large group, this is one dining experience that will impress and satisfy everyone.
Swift Creek Mill is one of the oldest registered landmarks in the nation and is home to the historic Swift Creek Mill Theatre, a not-for-profit, that has been providing Central and Southside Virginia with professional performing arts for over 50-years. “The Mill,” as it is called by patrons, has long been a beacon for cultural arts and a trusted resource in the area. Find out more at swiftcreekmill.com. For more information about the Mainstage Season at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, visit firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (804) 748-5203.
“Husbands, bosses, boyfriends, and booze get praised or trashed, according to the whims of four middle-aged Southern women who teach each other what friendship is all about,” said Tom Width, Artistic Director, Swift Creek Mill Theatre! “An all-star cast of Richmond’s finest divas take on this very funny show, baring their sweet and sassy souls to each other, and laughing their way through this hit comedy full of heart and hope.”