Carolina Opry

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mary Dickinson on January 9, 2004

To enjoy being at Myrtle Beach on a cold, rainy December day, the best thing to do is find a show. The Carolina Opry has a Christmas Special and it is unforgettable. Christmas carols take on a new spirituality when converted into a live country music variety show, especially when the cast is so good. The feeling put into a variety of piano renditions of Silent Night made me want to sit at a piano and perform my own variation. Most of the cast is academically trained. The highly skilled pianist, Jon England, can’t read a note and has never taken lessons.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas was presented with each member of the chorus singing about one day while a comedian grabbed a toy out of a barrel while feigning simple bumpkin behavior. One comedy skit on Jingle Bells featured Jedediah, Jr., a dog that can scratch his fleas to the beat of music. The performance was about backwoods hillbillies strumming out a little country Christmas music. During I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas, one of the cast hollered out, "Take a sick day, pal." It got a lot of laughs.

Costuming for dance performances gave a formal seriousness to the Christmas season while capturing a Carolina Southern feeling. It was two and a half hours of enjoyment with a 20-minute intermission.

We ordered our tickets online and received a $4 discount and were able to pick where we wanted to sit. We got excellent seats we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get. With conveyance tax, the whole thing came to $38.50 apiece. We sat about 2/3 of the way from the stage in the center (F21 19-20). The theater was completely filled. Bus loads of seniors from all over the Carolinas were brought there for the show. The show has won the South Carolina Governor’s Cup, the state’s highest tourism award.

You won’t have any trouble finding the place if you go north on 17 bypass or 17 bus. They intersect at that attraction.

Carolina Opry
8901 Hwy17n
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29572
(843) 913-4000

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