The Wedding Singer at Hatzic

Hatzic Secondary actors Dustin Kuzek and Tasha Leginus (couple in centre) star as Robbie and Julia in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer

Hatzic Secondary actors Dustin Kuzek and Tasha Leginus (couple in centre) star as Robbie and Julia in the school’s production of The Wedding Singer

For the first time, music and drama students at Hatzic Secondary will be putting on a show at their school.“We started a music theatre program a few years ago and we always went to the Clarke Theatre [for the performance],” said choral teacher Joe Heslip.But this year they wanted to do it at their own school and built their own stage.  “We’re doing it in the small gym,” Heslip explained. Up until last week, students were playing various sports in there, but now the theatre group has taken over in preparation for The Wedding Singer, being performed from Feb. 23-26.There are about 70 students and volunteers involved in the production, including Wendy Lewington’s art class which painted sets, and shop teacher Doug McNeill who lent the school’s half car.The school’s band, led by instructor Julie Aldridge, is also a big part of the play and support from the administrative staff made everything possible, said Heslip.He noted although some of the content from the movie had to be toned down to make it more PG 13, the show will still push boundaries for a high school production.Grade 12 students Dustin Kuzek will star as Robbie Hart and Tasha Leginus will play Julia Sullivan.Kuzek and Leginus have both been a part of the school’s theatre program for the past few years and plan to continue in the field after graduation.There is a strong cast and a lot of ensemble members, said Heslip, also crediting Grade 10 student Clara Low for her dance work and leadership.Tickets for Hatzic’s production of The Wedding Singer are $10  for adults and $6 for students and seniors. and can be purchased through the school office or by calling 604-826-3651.Doors open at 6 p.m. each night. Hatzic Secondary is located at 34800 Dewdney Trunk Rd.