Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre presents “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”

June 27, 2022 | Department of Theatre, Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre |

Harding University’s Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre presents its second production of the summer, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” The show will debut Thursday, July 7. Show casts feature members of the Searcy community and University faculty, staff and students. 

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is a mix-up & mystery comical whodunit that will keep you guessing all night long. Set in a mansion with secret doors and passageways, the plot centers on 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, a snowstorm rages, phone lines are cut and the electricity goes out. The Slasher is here. 

The show, written by John Bishop, will be directed by Mr. Daniel Chalenburg and performed July 7-10 and 14-16 in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center. A buffet dinner provided by Chartwells Catering will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $35, and a limited number of show-only seats are $20. Season tickets are also available for $90. Tickets can be purchased online at hardingtickets.com, by phone or at the box office. For more information, visit harding.edu/ssdt


Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents students from across the U.S. and more than 50 nations and territories. The University offers more than 110 undergraduate majors; 14 preprofessional programs; more than 40 graduate and professional programs; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australasia, Peru, England, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit harding.edu.

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