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Havoc and Hilarity at Chantilly

Chantilly High presents 'The Man Who Came to Dinner.'

An unexpected houseguest causes havoc and hilarity in Chantilly High's production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

It's the school's Cappie show, and the curtain rises Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $7 at the door or at www.chantillyhs.com.

"It's a classic, American play with funny characters, a good plot, a cool set and really talented casts who are having fun with it," said Theater Director Ed Monk. "And all that makes it fun for the audience."

THE SHOW'S double cast, and playing lead roles in the Cappies performance will be Jake Ashey as Sheridan Whiteside, plus Courtney Siegert, Kendra McCullogh, Andrew Duggan and Mike Tea.

Senior Meghan Griffith, portraying Whiteside's longtime secretary, Maggie, said her boss is a popular, radio, talk-show host in Mesalia, Ohio, in the 1930s.

"One night, he's having dinner at the Stanleys' house, falls on a piece of ice outside as he's leaving and breaks his hip," said Griffith. "He's confined to a wheelchair and has to stay a few weeks."

But he has lots of guests and soon wears out his welcome. Maggie falls in love with a newspaperman who comes to interview him and decides to quit her job. So Whiteside schemes to break them up so he won't lose her.

Tech-crew members Ben Pardo, Laura Kim and Wes Vitale designed the set, featuring the Stanleys' house — including two staircases, bedrooms and nine windows.

<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs