Miriam Vale musical-comedy goes back to the ‘50s

AS WE WERE: Miriam Vale State School travels back in time to the 1950s.
AS WE WERE: Miriam Vale State School travels back in time to the 1950s. Contributed

STUDENTS at Miriam Vale State School are going back in time to tell a tale about people who get their Just Desserts.

The sparkling musical-comedy written by Jane Rothnie and Jan Rienecker is about the battle of the coveted Dairy Queen title.

The whole school is taking part in the play, from year 4 to year 10 students, and have been rehearsing since March.

MVSS teacher and costume co-ordinator Lyn Harms said the school had been producing musicals that excelled quality for the last decade.

"There's definitely a strong teaching staff that are passionate about music, art and drama, and I think that shines through," she said.

"It's a lot for kids to learn all those lines and it's pretty amazing they do as well as they do."

Set in the 1950s, the storyline gets behind the "have a nice day" facade of checkout chicks and draws battlelines with the Dairy Mall mob. Both groups of girls give service with a smile and a few under the counter dealings.

"Two girls from each group are competing to be the dairy queen of the shop," she said, with hilarious results.

"We've got store mannequins that come to life and great songs throughout it."

Performances begin Thursday with a matinee at 10am, and night time performances on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, at 7pm at the Miriam Vale Community Centre.