Peter Pan The Musical is now on at the Canberra REP Theatre, the cast aged between six and 17, all members of children amateur theatre group, Child Players ACT.
And the children are as keen as anyone to help ease the burden of people affected by the bushfires.
Production manager Angela Fewtrell said free tickets to the show were being offered to people staying in Canberra, displaced by the bushfires on the South Coast and elsewhere.
Donation tubs were also being circulated at the end of the show for the Smith Family to help those who needed to get back on their feet after the disaster.
Lily Welling, 15, who plays the lead role of Peter Pan, said the cast also sang I am, You are, We are Australian at the end of the show, as a show of solidarity and empathy for all those affected.
"We've rehearsed it a few times and I still get teary," Lilly said, ahead of the first show on Wednesday.
"It's just a beautiful song and it really shows how Australians have come together as a community to stop these fires and help those who need it. I think it's beautiful."
The free shows were being taken up by families grateful for a whimsical distraction as they lived in temporary accommodation.
"It's just great to have something for the kids, just anyone, to get out of the house or the apartment or where ever they've been planted to do something that will occupy them for even an hour," Lily said.
Child Players ACT has been going for 15 years, founded by artistic director BJ Anyos.
Ms Fewtrell said the children put on eight shows with just seven days of rehearsals.
Lily, a year nine student at Burgmann Anglican School, has been with the Players for five years.
She said it had been a wonderful way to spend these school holidays as it kept everyone busy and out of the smoke.
"It's amazing what happens in one week," she said.
Peter Pan the Musical has shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11am and 2pm. It is suitable for all ages. Bookings can be made via canberrarep.org.au/