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What The Rabbi Saw Opens This Week

The wedding of Walter and Wendy seems to be falling apart as secrets are revealed and tuxedo pants disappear. The scene is from Quirk's Players' fall production, What The Rabbi Saw, which will be presented this weekend at G. Ray Bodley High School. From left are: Michael Mankiewicz (Walter the groom), Sarah Fisch (Wendy the bride), Mitch (the best man) and Claudia (the maid of honor). What The Rabbi Saw is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs and Rob Lescarbeau.

The wedding of Walter and Wendy seems to be falling apart as secrets are revealed and tuxedo pants disappear. The scene is from Quirk's Players' fall production, What The Rabbi Saw, which will be presented this weekend at G. Ray Bodley High School. From left are: Michael Mankiewicz (Walter the groom), Sarah Fisch (Wendy the bride), Mitch (the best man) and Claudia (the maid of honor). What The Rabbi Saw is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs and Rob Lescarbeau.
Photo by Kelly LeVea

FULTON – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School are placing finishing touches on their fall production.

The wedding of Walter and Wendy seems to be falling apart as secrets are revealed and tuxedo pants disappear.  The scene is from Quirk's Players' fall production, What The Rabbi Saw, which will be presented this weekend at G. Ray Bodley High School.  From left are: Michael Mankiewicz (Walter the groom),  Sarah Fisch (Wendy the bride),  Mitch (the best man) and Claudia (the maid of honor). What The Rabbi Saw is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs and Rob Lescarbeau.
The wedding of Walter and Wendy seems to be falling apart as secrets are revealed and tuxedo pants disappear. The scene is from Quirk’s Players’ fall production, What The Rabbi Saw, which will be presented this weekend at G. Ray Bodley High School. From left are: Michael Mankiewicz (Walter the groom), Sarah Fisch (Wendy the bride), Mitch (the best man) and Claudia (the maid of honor). What The Rabbi Saw is under the direction of Fulton teachers Tom Briggs and Rob Lescarbeau.
Photo by Kelly LeVea

The high school theatre troupe will present Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s What The Rabbi Saw this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Bodley High School auditorium.

Curtain time is set for 7:30 each evening.

Tickets will be available at the door.

The production is rated PG-13 for mature humor and situations.

“What The Rabbi Saw is a fast-paced farce about a doomed wedding,” explained Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School. “The audience quickly learns that both the bride and the groom are keeping secrets from each other and their families.  That, plus a gangster from Las Vegas, a tipsy Rabbi who has been dipping into the Manischewitz and disappearing tuxedo pants contribute to a wedding like no other.”

The cast for What The Rabbi Saw features a combination of new and veteran actors.

The cast includes Fulton students Michael Mankiewicz, David Houck, Sarah Fisch, Victoria Eckhard, Erica Perwitz, Tim McAfee, Zach Almeter, Bayley Raponi, Jeremy Herlowski, Brandon Webb and Gina Babcock.

McAfee,  Michael Mankiewicz and David Houck.  What The Rabbi Saw is rated PG-13 for mature humor. Photo by Kelly LeVea
Overly stressed and very uptight wedding planner Noel (center) is distraught to learn
that the wedding he has been planning for two years could easily fall apart due to two
pairs of missing tuxedo pants. Determined, Noel claims that he can find replacement
tuxedo pants even on a holiday weekend in New York City for an event that is scheduled
to start in less than 30 minutes. Shown are cast members, from left: Victoria Eckhard, Sarah Fisch, Tim
McAfee, Michael Mankiewicz and David Houck. What The Rabbi Saw is rated PG-13 for mature humor. Photo by Kelly LeVea

Director Briggs explained that the students are a dedicated group who have been working diligently on this year’s fall production since June.

“They are a hard-working company of actors.  They will surely make the community proud,” he said.

For some of the cast members, this year’s fall production is a particular favorite.

GRB Junior Jeremy Herlowski, who plays the pompous and overbearing father of the bride said, “The show overall is an absolute riot.  I wish I could see it myself.”

David Houck, who will appear as the wedding’s Best Man, Mitch, explained, “What would be considered to be the worst wedding possible is played out to be hilarious. Each character in the show has traits that most people can relate to, so this is a show about being able to laugh at ourselves and find humor in even the worst situations.”

Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Named in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the organization presents two main productions a year and participates in at least one annual high school drama festival.

Most recently, Quirk’s Players presented the fun comic play The Pink Panther Strikes Again and the entertaining Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie last spring.