Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre
Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre is a summer community-based theatre program presented by the Department of Theatre at Harding University. Over the past thirty-six 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 Classic Fare catering. The popular summer program continues to sell out each season.
Summer 2021 Season: Escape from Reality
Welcome to Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre and a summer of theatre that lets you relax, laugh and get away from it all. After being forced to shutter the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the Theatre department is excited to welcome back the award-winning, community-based program for 2021. This year, as our community faces the final days of health restrictions, the program will be limiting seating and producing two shows instead of the usual three. Come join us for our 38th season:Escape From Reality.
Both shows will be performed in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center on the Harding University campus. We plan to provide you with great food, state-of-the-art facilities and high-quality productions with talent from all around our community.
June 10-13, 17-19, 24-26
by Mary Chase
Director: Marcus Neely & Stacey Neely
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey tells the story of Elwood Dowd, who repeatedly invites his friend, Harvey, to social gatherings held by his sister, Veta. The trouble is, Harvey is an invisible, 6-foot-tall rabbit. Veta eventually decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. Mistakes are made, misunderstandings are created, and soon everyone is pulled into Elwood’s fantasy world.
July 15-18, 22-24, 29-31
by Jones, Hope, Wooten
Director: Steven Frye
This hilarious comedy is brought to you by the writing team of Jones, Hope and Wooten (Dearly Beloved, Southern Belles). Characters try to break their bad habits, disguise themselves and slam doors chasing one another around the Reel ‘Em Inn Fishing Lodge, all while trying to figure out the identity of the ax murderer on the loose! Truths will be revealed, and the lives of all change in incredible and surprising ways.
Tickets can be purchased at www.hardingtickets.com. Season ticket online sales begin May 17, box office season sales begin May 20m, and individual sales begin May 24.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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