See ‘Glee’ star live and help MTHS Department Friday

Derik Nelson will perform at MTHS Saturday.

Derik Nelson will perform at MTHS Saturday.

GleePlease note the corrected date: Friday rather than Saturday.

Mountlake Terrace High School senior Hailey Martin has many strong interests, two of which are the high school’s drama department and the television show “Glee.” Those two passions are coming together for one special night, and Martin couldn’t be more thrilled.

“Glee” guitarist Derik Nelson is coming to Mountlake Terrace on Friday, Sept. 27, to present a benefit concert for the MTHS Drama Department. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $18-$25 and are available this week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at Red Onion Burgers, 21005-44th Ave. W., Suite 101. Tickets will also be available, while they last, at the MTHS theater on the night of the concert beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Martin is looking forward to seeing the television performer and musician, but is also excited that the concert could help raise some needed funds. “Our school’s theater department is amazing,” she exclaimed. “I have spent four years doing shows on that stage. Obviously budget cuts have been harsh; hopefully with this Derik Nelson fundraiser we will be able to bring back some life into it.”

The department hopes to raise as much as $3,000 from Saturday’s event; some of the funds will help students take part in a national theater festival in Lincoln, Nebraska later this school year.

Nelson’s “Take Chances Tour 2013” includes stops at high schools in Olympia, Woodinville and Bothell. “Our school is one of the few in Washington chosen,” Martin said. “I’m really excited.”

“Glee” fans, referred to as “Gleeks,” are doubly excited these days as the show begins its fifth season on the FOX Television Network Thursday, and has already been renewed by the network for a sixth season in 2014-2015. Martin wants fans of the show to know they can get a small taste of “Glee” right here in Mountlake Terrace on Saturday.

“I’m just trying to get as many Gleeks out there the opportunity to have a great night, and help MTHS,” Martin said.

You can find additional information about Saturday’s Derik Nelson concert, and all the latest news from the MTHS Drama Department, here.

 — By Doug Petrowski

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