AUGUSTA — Chizzle Wizzle is here to save the day, or at least save the city’s spirits from the winter blahs.
The 123rd edition of the show proclaimed as the country’s oldest student-run production starts Tuesday and runs nightly through Friday in Cony High School’s Viles Auditorium.
The show this year is called “Chizzle Wizzle Saves the Day,” and the theme is heroes.
“This has been a theme that has come up in the past few years, and we thought it would be great if we could incorporate all kinds of heroes: military heroes, superheroes, sports heroes,” said senior Riley Hopkins, vice president of Chizzle Wizzle. “Basically, anyone that people look up to.”
The part of the show known as Minstrel has a Hogwarts theme, with students divided into the houses from the school in the Harry Potter series. Social studies teacher Bruce Cooper, playing the character Hagrid, is the emcee.
Chizzle Wizzle President Faith Emery said organizers set that part of the show at Hogwarts because the Harry Potter series is popular and is full of heroes, both heralded and unsung.
The Olio portion of the show includes acts including a 9/11 tribute dance duet that features Hopkins; and “Super Feud,” a skit about a game show where superheroes compete against supervillains.
Emery said she hopes the show can bring people to tears, from laughing or crying or both. She said it’s already been an emotional experience for her and many other participants.
“It’s something that brings Cony together. It also brings us together with our community,” she said. “It’s a production that people pour their hearts and souls into.”
Tickets can be purchased at the school from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day through Thursday.