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The Shawnee News-Star
  • 'Mayberry Deputy' to entertain at April 8 Shawnee police banquet

  • David Browning, a humorist actor portraying “The Mayberry Deputy,” will be the entertaining guest speaker for the Shawnee Police Foundation's annual banquet scheduled April 8.
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  • David Browning, a humorist actor portraying “The Mayberry Deputy,” will be the entertaining guest speaker for the Shawnee Police Foundation’s annual banquet scheduled April 8.
    The event is a fundraiser for the Shawnee Police Foundation, which helps purchase equipment and other items for the Shawnee Police Department that wouldn’t normally be in the city’s budget. During the annual banquet, several awards also are presented to officers and staff, including the coveted Officer of the Year award.
    With Browning, an exciting evening is expected as the multifaceted entertainer improvises his talent and characterizations to the setting of each show. According to information on Browning’s website, “The Mayberry Deputy” show is a bridge between The Andy Griffith Show and today. As an impersonator, Browning uses costuming, gestures, facial expressions, and audience participation to bring out the flavor of the characters and to provide an atmosphere of good, clean fun, according to promotional materials.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said the evening should be a lot of fun as Browning portrays a “Barney Fife” character.
    “It’s good wholesome entertainment,” Frantz said. “He’s got a good message.”
    “The Mayberry Deputy” is the most noted of Browning’s characters and started in 1988 when a friend of his hired The Dillards, known to watchers of “The Andy Griffith Show” as the “Darling boys,” to play bluegrass music in Bristol, Tenn.
    After that, Browning, who started out in community theatre, put together a “Barney Fife” act.
    The annual Shawnee Police Foundation banquet begins with a social time at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Banquet Center.
    Tickets for the April 8 event are $25 per person or $250 for a table of eight.
    Tickets are available by mail through the Shawnee Police Foundation banquet committee, PO Box 32, Shawnee, OK, 74802-0032, or at the Shawnee Police Department, 16 W. 9th.
    Everyone is asked to RSVP or purchase their tickets no later than March 28. A copy of the RSVP form can be found on Page 10A of today’s News-Star.
    More information about the banquet along with RSVP forms also can be found on the foundation’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ShawneePoliceFoundation.
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