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Housed in a mighty edifice that looks like what Wayne Newton would prefer if he lived in South Carolina, The Carolina Opry stands as a vessel for good old-fashioned entertainment that leans toward contemporary cornpone, with dancing, singing, and a bit of comedic interludes. The outside features a brilliant lighting scheme, elaborate plantings (palmettos loom large), and a steeple that is reminiscent of the Spanish missions founded by  Junípero Serra. In a word: eclectic. Throughout the year three shows are offered, including a live-variety show ("The Carolina Opry"), a nostalgic musical pastiche of the hits of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s ("Good Vibrations"), and a seasonal fave ("The Carolina Opry Christmas Special"). Each show brings conventional themes into the entertainment, covering topics like family values and patriotism, tied up in songs and razzle-dazzle. The productions are elaborate and the voices are strong on stage. As nighttime options for the whole family are few in Myrtle Beach, the Opry is worth checking out for vacationing parents who find themselves searching for something to do.