A group of students at Merivale High School will put on their school play, without the help of their teachers who have opted out of after-class activities.

When students learned their production of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink the Water” was slated to be cancelled because of escalating job action, they started hunting for parent volunteers.

Parent Tammy Ames’ daughter is directing this year’s production and she tells 1310News she wanted to help.

“I knew how important it was to her and I saw how devastated she was,” says Ames.

Ames recruited five parent volunteers in total and then collected $50.00 dollars from each student to find a new rehearsal space.

Soon donations started flowing in from the community and they were able to rent Centrepointe Theatre on Dec. 14 and 15.

Ames says the move wasn’t intended to be a protest but says it’s a way to show both parties that the kids won’t allow a labour dispute to halt their participation in the arts.

“We like the fact that our kids are doing something positive and creative … instead of just throwing a hissy fit,” says Ames.