Elizabethtown Area High School will present its Fall Play — “The Man Who Came to Dinner” — on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The play is set in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio, in the weeks leading to Christmas in the late 1930s. The exposition reveals that the famously outlandish New York City radio wit Sheridan Whiteside is invited to dine at the house of the well-to-do factory owner Ernest W. Stanley and his family. But before Whiteside can enter the house, he slips on a patch of ice outside the Stanleys’ front door and injures his hip. Confined to the Stanleys’ home, Whiteside is looked after by several professionals: Dr. Bradley, the absent- minded town physician, Miss Preen, his frantic nurse, and Maggie Cutler, his faithful secretary.
Confined to the house for a month, Sherry drives his hosts mad by viciously insulting them, monopolizing their house and staff, running up large phone bills, and receiving many bizarre guests, including paroled convicts. However, Sherry manages to befriend the Stanleys’ children, June and Richard, as well as Mr. Stanley’s eccentric older sister Harriet.
He also befriends local newspaperman and aspiring
playwright Bert Jefferson, but soon learns that Maggie is in love with Bert, and plans to leave her job to marry him. Unable to bear losing his secretary, Sherry invites his friend, the glamorous and loose-living actress Lorraine Sheldon, to Mesalia to look at Bert’s new play, hoping she can break up the marriage plans. Dr. Bradley tells Sherry he was mistaken in his diagnosis, and Sherry is actually well enough to leave. Sherry buys the doctor’s silence by pretending to want to work on a book with him, and for the rest of the play keeps brushing him off.
“The Man Who Came to Dinner” is presented with special arrangement with Dramastists Play Service Inc.
Leading the EAHS production are seniors Gavin Reed as Mr. Stanley and Ryan Kruft as Beverly Carlton; juniors Carter Rutkowski as Sheridan Whiteside and Claire Fritz as Maggie Cutler; and sophomores Evan Kready as Bert Jefferson, Gaby Hohenwarter as Mrs. Stanley, and Emma Buettner as Lorraine Sheldon.
All seats are general admission to the production and are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the show. The box office will open at 6:15 p.m. and
the doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. curtain each night. There is no Friday evening performance of the show. Anyone who wants more information may check the EAHS Theater Productions webpage off the EAHS website.