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It’s hard to feel “merry and bright” when it’s upward of 100 degrees outside, but the Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre didn’t let that hamper their Christmas spirit. This season’s theme centered around “the most wonderful time of the year” with performances of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some),” “Christmas Belles,” and “Plaid Tidings.”

Having seen and loved Harding’s production of “Forever Plaid” when we were students, my husband and I decided to see “Plaid Tidings” on Saturday night. We figured the mix of comedy, singing and Christmas would be perfection — and we were right.

The show meets up with the quartet of Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge who met their untimely demise in a car accident on the way to their first big show. Now the group has returned to earth to perform the Christmas special that never was.

The cast of Josh Strickland, Joshua Cole Little, Jordan Simpson and Carson McGill was terrific. Their comedic timing had me laughing until my face hurt, and their pitch-perfect sound had me singing Christmas songs the rest of the night.

It’s not too late to see “Plaid Tidings” for yourself. It wraps up this week with shows this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. You can purchase your tickets at

— Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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