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  • Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

    Harvey, 2021

  • Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

    Harvey, 2021

  • Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

    Farce of Habit, 2021

  • Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre

    Farce of Habit, 2021

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre is a summer community-based theatre program presented by the Department of Theatre at Harding University. Over the past thirty-eight years, the program has offered the opportunity for community participation and student experience in a unique hybrid environment. Theatre faculty and staff provide leadership and support for the three productions mounted each summer. Buffet meals are catered by Chartwells Catering. The popular summer program continues to sell out each season.

Summer 2022 Season: Mayhem & Mirth

The Harding University Department of Theatre has announced the 39th season of Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre as an “M&M Season – Mayhem & Mirth.”

SSDT Director Dr. Steven Frye stated, “We might mention the many marvelous moments of mayhem and mirth that our minions have imagined for the magnificent members of our metropolitan milieux. Or maybe the meandering merriment of gourmet buffets making for masterful meals that merit commendation. Or more to the matter – make a move to meet with magic.”

Arsenic and Old Lace

June 16-19, 23-25

We start off with one of the most popular plays of all-time. Meet & Mingle with the Brewsters – Mortimer, a mild-mannered theatre critic for a major metropolitan newspaper; Martha and Abby, his charming and innocent aunts who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and Jonathan, a malevolent and maniacal murderer on the lam. Murder is on the menu.

The show will be directed by Mr. Britton Lynn, and will be performed June 16-19 and 23-25 at the Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center.

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

July 7-10, 14-16

A Mix-up & Mystery comical whodunit that will keep you guessing all night long. Our play is set in a mansion with numerous secret doors and passageways. The plot centers around auditions for a Broadway musical that became infamous when three dancers in the show were murdered by a killer dubbed "the Stage Door Slasher." As the team rehearses songs and scenes, a snowstorm rages, phone lines are cut, and the electricity goes out. The Slasher is here.

The show will be directed by Mr. Daniel Chalenburg, and will be performed July 7-10 and 14-16 at the Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center.

The Play That Goes Wrong

July 28-31, Aug. 4-6, 25-27

Mayhem & Mirth meet their match! Welcome to opening night of the Hardly Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from messy to pandemonium. This manic whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show where actors trip over everything (including their lines). Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this award–winning comedy is guaranteed to leave you aching… with laughter!

The show will be directed by Dr. Steven Frye, and will be performed July 28-31, August 4-6 and August 25-27 at the Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center.

Each show begins with a buffet dinner provided by Chartwells Catering. Season tickets are available for $90 and go on sale May 16. Individual tickets are $35 and are available after May 23. A limited number of show-only seats will also be available each evening for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at hardingtickets.com, or by phone 501-279-5777.


Auditions for all three shows each year are held early May in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center. Specific dates are posted on our facebook page. If you are unable to attend on the announced audition date, but are still interested in auditioning, please email our producer at ssdt@harding.edu.

Check on Harding University's Facebook page or back here for the latest information!


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