SEARCY, Ark. (May 24, 2021) — The Harding University Department of Theatre has announced the return of Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre, kicking off with “Harvey” June 10.

This summer will mark the community-based theatre program’s 38th season, with the theme “Escape from Reality.” As a precaution due to COVID-19, the program will limit seating and produce two shows instead of the usual three.

“After being forced to shutter the 2020 season due to COVID-19, the department is excited to welcome back the award-winning, community-based program for 2021,” Dr. Steve Frye, chair of the theatre department, said.

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.

The show, co-directed by Marcus and Stacey Neely, will be performed June 10-13, 17-19 and 24-26, at the Harding University Ulrey Performing Arts Center.

Each show begins with a buffet dinner provided by Chartwells Catering. Individual tickets are $35, and a limited number of show-only seats are $20. Season tickets are also available for $65. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone or at the box office. For more information, visit