Students from Bench Elementary School are preparing for their roles in the play Joust, a musical about a young King Arthur who pulls a boomwhacker (a percussion instrument) out of a rock instead of the legendary sword.

More than 90 students from Grade 4 to Grade 7 are participating in the play, 75 of whom will travel to Victoria from May 6 to May 8 to perform for Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and about 300 Victoria students at Government House.

In the play, Arthur becomes king and decrees all knights lay down their swords and take up music instead of war.

The French show up with recorders instead of weapons and join the fun.

The students will also be performing the musical twice on May 1 at the former Coquihalla Middle School for 300 local elementary school students, and at a fine arts school in Chilliwack en route to Victoria.

In addition to performing, the students will also visit the legislature, the Royal BC Museum, Saanich Ocean Museum and tour downtown Victoria.