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Family-friendly movie inspired by "The Andy Griffith Show" to play at Mars Theatre
Mayberry Man
"Mayberry Man" comes to the Mars Theatre, located at 106 South Laurel St,. for a limited engagement Nov. 5-7 - photo by Photo submitted

SPRINGFIELD -- "The Andy Griffith Show" debuted on television in 1960 and has aired every day for more than 60 years, making it one of the most successful TV shows of all time. Now, the children of actors who appeared in the original series have produced a feature-length family comedy that captures the spirit of Mayberry fans are sure to love. 

"Mayberry Man" follows an arrogant movie star forced to spend a week at Mayberry Fest, a festival celebrating "The Andy Griffith Show. Surrounded by Mayberry fanatics, including colorful tribute artists pretending to be characters from the show, he is given the chance to discover what Mayberry Spirit is all about.

 The touching, light-hearted story plays homage to the classic television series through replica sets, vintage wardrobe, Mayberry squad cars and other period vehicles, plus a film score that includes music from the original series by renowned composer Earle Hagen. 

“Mayberry Man is a fun, heartwarming story that I know would make my father proud,” said Dixie Griffith, daughter of Andy Griffith.

 Griffith is also an executive producer.

 Several of the filmmakers have personal connections to "The Andy Griffith Show." Writer-eirector Stark Howell and producer Cort Howell are the sons of actor Hoke Howell, who played “Dud Wash” on the classic television series. Co-producer Gregory Schell is the son of Ronnie Schell, who appeared on two episodes and is better known for playing “Duke Slater” on the spinoff "Gomer Pyle, USMC."

 Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, makes a cameo appearance in the film.

 Despite its Hollywood connections, "Mayberry Man" was not backed by Hollywood. The independent film relied on grassroots crowd-funding to finance the production. This allowed the filmmakers to maintain creative control while giving fans the chance to be in the movie.

 “It’s a movie the whole family will enjoy,” said Howell. “And especially if you’re a fan of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' you’re guaranteed to love it.” 

"Mayberry Man" comes to the Mars Theatre, located at 106 South Laurel St,. for a limited engagement Nov.  5-7. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7: p.m. and Sunday at 2: p.m. 

Advance tickets are available through the theater website