AUGUSTA — Cony High School students held their annual “Chizzle Wizzle” performance Thursday night, taking to the stage for what’s billed as the nation’s oldest student variety show.

After Tuesday and Wednesday shows were cancelled by a snowstorm, the “Chizzle Wizzle” finally opened and Cony students took the stage on Thursday. “Chizzle Wizzle,” the nation’s longest-running student variety show, marks its 127th year with a “Just Add Water” theme. There are two more performances, tonight and next Friday, March 23, with both shows starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the school 1-7 p.m. today and 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

About 200 students participated on stage and behind the scenes in the annual production. The “Chizzle Wizzle” originated in 1892 as a fundraiser for the football team at the high school. The name comes from the cheer, “Chizzle Wizzle, Chizzle Wizzle, sis boom bah! Cony High, Cony High, rah, rah, rah!”

Some “Chizzle Wizzle” participants who have gone to careers in the arts include ballet dancer and instructor Alphonse Poulin and actors Richard Dysart and Rachel Nichols.

This year’s performance was recorded by CTV7 and will be show on on Spectrum channel 1301 at a yet to be determined date.

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