Youngsters from middle and high school are testing their singing and choreography skills and learning to collaborate with different age groups at John Burroughs' Summer Performance Workshop 2010.
The three-week course is coordinated by the high school's choir program and culminates today with a show that's open to the public. Funds raised by tickets and concession sales during a pre-show barbecue will go to Burroughs Vocal Music Assn. for the upcoming choir year.
It's not all show preparations, said co-director Sam Saletta, a 2002 Burroughs graduate who went through four years of the choir program.
"There is a lot of emphasis on having fun, and it prepares them for what it's like to be in Burroughs and Burbank high schools' show choirs," he said. "Many of the kids are coming from the middle schools. Our youngest ones are going into sixth grade."
About 55 students are enrolled in the project, and they have been divided into eight groups with members of varying ages, said co-director Jon King, who teaches technical theater classes (sound and lighting) at Burroughs.