Gomer Pyle Comes to Tuscaloosa

Gomer Pyle comes to Tuscaloosa for the Mayberry Variety Show and Jim Nabors Induction into Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 21 and 22. 
On Friday night, there will be a Mayberry-style variety show at the Umphrey Coliseum on the campus of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.  The show stars Maggie “Charlene Darling” Peterson Mancuso; two of her TV brothers, Doug Dillard and Rodney Dillard; Ronnie “Duke Slater” Schell; Barbara “Miss Bunny” Stuart; and Elizabeth “Lou Ann Poovie” MacRae.  Also appearing will be Mayberry Tribute Artists, including David “Deputy” Browning, Allan “Floyd” Newsome, Kenneth “Otis” Junkin, Jeff “Howard” Branch, Kathryn “Flora” Darden and Jamie “Opie” Sullivan, among others.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m., followed by an autograph session with the stars.  $25.00 tickets are on sale now.  Tickets and info may be obtained at (205) 391-2277.
Saturday night, April 22, Jim Nabors will be inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame.  The black-tie gala will take place at the Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State Community College (home of the Hall of Fame).  Ronnie Schell, Barbara Stuart and Elizabeth MacRae are among the stars who will be on hand to help Jim Nabors celebrate that night.  The other inductee into the Hall of Fame this year is Rick Bernstein, HBO Sports Executive Producer.  Among those on hand to honor him will be NFL analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals star Cris Collinsworth. The master of ceremonies for the entire evening is comedienne Brett Butler. 
The Hall of Fame festivities begin with cocktails and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., dinner and induction ceremony at 7:30 p.m., a performance by Brett Butler at 9:30 p.m., and a reception and dancing at 9:30 p.m.  General public tickets ($100) are available now through the same number listed above for the Friday portion of the weekend.
A listing of local accommodations may be found through the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at  www.tcvb.org.
Photos at Jim Nabors Photo Gallery I!
More photos at Jim Nabors Photo Gallery II!

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