Meet cast of Dixie Swim Club: Kelley Freeman Mullins as DinahBy Staff Reports Published 6:39pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Canebrake Players will present “Dixie Swim Club” in April. It’s a story about friendship and camaraderie, dating back to the club members’ time together on their college swim team.
Opening night is Friday, April 11 at the Old School on Main in Demopolis. Performances will continue Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The production has a cast of just five, all women. It will also mark Johnny Johnston’s directing debut.
Every day this week The Times will be featuring one of the five cast members: Donna Bishop, Kelley Freeman Mullins, Laurie Willingham, Dana Freeman and Candace Jones Colgrove.
Kelley Freeman Mullins, wife of Michael and mother to 7-year-old Caroline, is currently a Loan Secretary/CSR for Robertson Banking Company. Kelley portrays attorney Dinah, a success-driven career dynamo.
Kelley became involved with community theater as a 9-year-old in “Hansel and Gretel” and continued her involvement with Canebrake on through high school. She considers herself fortunate to have worked with talented people in Demopolis who nurtured her love for theater.
Her family’s move back to Demopolis in 2011 enabled her to once again refuel her first true passion.
Kelley’s Canebrake performances include: “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” “Oliver” and “Oklahoma.” Her favorite is a tie between “Bye Bye Birdie” and
“The Music Man.” She admits she loves the stage and loves the Canebrake family.
Kelley said “Dixie Swim Club” embodies “what I love most about theater.”
Not only does it show humor, vulnerability, love and relationships, but there are some scenes that get “up close and personal” to real life situations she has either been through or is currently experiencing. She said she wants those real-life emotions to ensure the audience what her character is feeling.
Kelley, who experienced triple bypass surgery at 27, has a deep love for music, and said, “Most people would be surprised to find that my iPod selection ranges from the soundtrack of ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ to Legendary blues singer Delbert McClinton and everything in between.” She is also a huge Judy Garland fan.