Boonah State High School metal work and arts students have teamed up to revive the musical Grease.
Boonah State High School metal work and arts students have teamed up to revive the musical Grease. Claudia Baxter

School Greased up and set to go

BOONAH State High School students have restored an old car, stocked up on popcorn and hot dogs, and sung countless songs about broken hearts and first love.

Life has imitated art at the school, as about 150 students spent this term and last term preparing for their production of Grease.

Students will perform the musical tonight and tomorrow night.

Teacher and producer Kirsten Murphy promised attendees would be in for a treat.

"The students have been rehearsing since the third week back at school this year, and we've even got a real car that features as Greased Lightning.

"We're pretty impressed with it all," she laughed.

Ms Murphy said the musical had drawn on diverse talents from students throughout the school.

"The car was donated to us, it's an old Gemini, and the Year 12 building and construction and industrial technology students modified it," Ms Murphy said.

"They cut the roof off and made it into a convertible, and they removed a lot of the weight from it so it could be placed on stage.

"The tech students gave it a rough coat of paint before they handed it over to the art department."

Final preparations for the musical included art students adding flames to the paintwork and preparing sets, while hospitality students developed a Grease-themed menu and other students put up their hands to help out.

"Supper will be served on the night and it's themed to the era, so there'll be hot dogs and popcorn and that sort of thing," Ms Murphy said. "To have 150 students out of a 580-student school help out with the musical is a pretty good result. They're all so talented, on stage and off."

Tickets to the show are avilable at the door and cost $18 for adults, $15 for concession and students, and $12 for children.

Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 7.30pm both nights.



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