Each year, students in the WDHS program at Dearborn High School produce their own full-length movie. It’s a big deal, with a fancy premiere at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center and even screenings at some local movie theaters.
This year, the film is “Dare to be Amish,” and Mayor O’Reilly was asked to join other community leaders to help fill out the students’ cast (hey, is that Ann Stagg we see there?). The Mayor plays Judge Yoder, the leader of an Amish community who serves as a kind of mayor, judge and priest. It sounds like type-casting to us, but it’s apparently one of the more serious roles in the comedy.
The students asked all the adults to be true to the Amish look, and since mustaches are a no-no for Amish men, Mayor O’Reilly sacrificed his. Despite a full schedule of meetings and public appearances this week, the Mayor committed to his role like a well-seasoned method actor.
“The film class is really a great program and the students do a wonderful job each year with their movies,” said Mayor O’Reilly, who has a theater background himself. “I’m glad to have this opportunity to be part of their efforts. I know I’ll get questions, but it’s all worth it."