Actress Karen Knotts, the daughter of the legendary actor Don Knotts, will present “Tied Up in Knotts” on April 15, at 3 p.m. at the McPherson Opera House.
This one-woman show about growing up and performing with her famous father, who played Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show, is Karen’s loving tribute to the man that raised her; complete with song, dance, character acting, and all the love and humor you could expect from the daughter of the celebrated actor.
It’s a show about growing up in the celebrity-filled world of Mayberry and wanting to follow in her father’s acting footsteps.
Karen tells stories about her legendary dad and shares fond memories of visiting the set of Mayberry, seeing cast members like Ron Howard (Opie) and Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea), plus appearances in over 22 other shows and films.
“When my father, Don Knotts, passed away in February 2006, I wanted to pay tribute to him in the way I knew him best: as an amazing loving dad,” Karen Knotts said.
In the 1950’s, Don Knotts was making the rounds of casting directors’ offices in New York City. “Destiny knocked on Dad’s door when he got a small part in a Broadway play starring
Andy Griffith. In the 1960’s, Andy was set to star in a sitcom about a small-town sheriff. Dad called him and asked, ‘Could you use a deputy?’ …And Barney Fife was born! I have fond memories of visiting the set of Mayberry and seeing cast members like Ron Howard (Opie), and Frances Bavier (Aunt Bea). They were not like their TV characters. Fast forward to the 1970’s, I was a teenager attending Beverly Hills High and later USC, while Dad was doing variety shows with Bill Cosby and Tim Conway and making friends with movie star divas. As an adult, Dad encouraged me with both my acting and librarian careers. I love revisiting these memories of our special father-daughter bond. Baby boomers grew up with great shows on TV!”
Tied Up in Knotts is must-see for kids of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.
The show is sponsored by Terry and Toni Bandy, Home State Bank/The Citizens State Bank, Tyler and Mary Hughes, Prairie Hills Financial Group, Welco Services, and Williams. Tickets are $25, $20, and $15, plus a $4 preservation fee, students $10, and available at mcphersonoperahouse.org or by calling or visiting the box office: 620-241-1952, 219 S. Main Street.