Noted TV Actors to Perform Valentine’s Day Dinner Show in Mount Airy

By Wendy Byerly Wood

January 26, 2014

MOUNT AIRY — Two veteran television actors, both with ties to Mayberry, take center stage on Valentine’s Day for a dinner theater presentation at Cross Creek Country Club.

Maggie Peterson and Ronnie Schell will perform A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” a poignant play about two people who grew up together and went their separate ways, yet maintained a 50-year love affair through letters.

Gurney, a noted New York playwright, penned the play about an era in which letter writing was an essential mode of communication, especially between men and women. First released in 1988, “Love Letters” is a touching story that’s still performed regularly worldwide.

Peterson is best known to fans of Mount Airy and Mayberry for her role as Charlene Darling on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Her other television credits include “The Odd Couple,” “Love, American Style” and “Green Acres.” Peterson also has appeared in several movies.

Schell is a noted actor and comedian who starred in the role of Duke Slater for several seasons on “Gomer Pyle, USMC.” He also made two appearances on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Schell’s lengthy list of credits includes: “The Golden Girls,” “Happy Days,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Charlie’s Angels, “Coach” and “The Love Boat.” In 2009, he starred in the off-Broadway production of “Don’t Leave it All to Your Children!”

The play, directed by Mount Airy’s John Adams, is at 6:30 p.m. and includes a plated dinner. Tickets are $55 per person and available by calling 786-7998 or online at: www.SurryArts.org.