The music might be a generation or two older than they are, but students from Phoenix P-12 Community College are riding the resurgence in popularity of music from British rock band Queen in their school musical We Will Rock You.
The production, which begins with a series of matinee performances for local primary school pupils, is a rock musical based on Queen songs, with the musical written by Ben Elton.
"The kids love it ... they are songs everyone knows and loves, and the kids are loving playing all the different characters," said Phoenix P-12 Community College head of arts Alex Patterson.
And it's almost a complete opposite of last year's school production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
"These characters are a bit more rock than operetta," Mr Patterson said.
About 35 students, mainly from years nine and 10, are taking part in the show which is the first production in the school's new performing arts theatre, which education minister James Merlino officially opened in October.
"It's our first production in our new theatre and it's been great to have extra time in there to rehearse and do technical stuff rather than bumping in to a venue the day before," Mr Patterson said.
"This year we have had weekend rehearsals, holiday rehearsals and the kids are really used to the space."
The theatre has 250 seats, so extra performances have been added to the schedule to ensure anyone who wants to see We Will Rock You can buy a ticket.
Local primary schools will fill the theatre for three matinees, and there will be four shows for the public.
"The kids will be exhausted come Saturday night, but they are ready and looking forward to it," he said.
Tickets to We Will Rock You are available at trybooking.com
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