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Watch out Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, hotshots from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's drama school and Boise Rock School are about to take your big-haired, lip-synched performance to the next level. On Wednesday, March 17, the kids will seize the stage at Boise Contemporary Theater to collaborate on a handful of musical rock songs, including "You're the One That I Want," from the oft-covered 1978 movie-musical Grease.

"The kids initially were like, 'Oh, we don't want to do Grease; that's not rock,'" explained Boise Rock School co-founder Ryan Peck. "Then we started doing it and it's their favorite now."

For the performance, Boise Rock School musicians will jam out recognizable rock numbers live on stage as ISF drama school actors perform accompanying skits. Some other gems audiences can expect are White Snake's "Here I Go Again" from the musical Rock of Ages and a selection from The Who's rock opera Tommy.

"We're going to try to do these shows every couple of months and just do different selections," said Peck.

In addition, BRS students will be linking up with the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts as the backing band for Leap Troupe.

"We are trying to make sure that we have really unique, fun offerings that encompass more than just the Rock School," said Peck. "If you want to dance, you can dance. If you want to act, you can act. All things are available."

Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m., $5 donation, Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224,