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China Grove church will perform rendition of ‘Andy Griffith Show’

An episode from the “Andy Griffith Show” will come back to life this week at Mount Zion United Church of Christ in China Grove.

As part of a fundraiser, the church will present its rendition of “Aunt Bee the Warden” — an episode of the popular show — on Friday and Saturday. Both showings will start at 7 p.m. The Saturday showing will be preceded by a lasagna dinner at 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public. Tickets for the play are $10. For the dinner and the play, tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple and $30 for a family with children. Proceeds from the play and dinner will be donated to the church’s new construction fund.

Church members play the characters in the episode.

Actors include include Dale Martin as Andy, Jeff Safrit as Barney, Donnie Deal as Otis and Rev. Mark Burns as Aunt Bee. Clark Corriher, Franklin Corriher, Tim Corriher and Jeff Lowder will play prisoners. Sherie Martin and Candice Safrit will play the church ladies.

During intermission, a country music band will perform. On Friday, The Country Five will play during intermission. The band features Junior Sheets on guitar, Jim Luke on banjo, Tony Hoover on mandolin, Will Thrailkill on bass and Mary Ann Lambert on guitar.

On Saturday Chuck and the Dixie Bells will play during intermission. The band features Gretchen Tracy on banjo, Chuck Harris on guitar, Vivian Pennington on bass, Connie Webster on fiddle and Mary Ann Lambert on guitar.

For tickets or more information, call the church office at (704) 857-1169.

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