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SACRAMENTO –

The actors on GLEE make high school performance art look so easy. But real-life choir performers say what they do is very different from what takes place on the hit show.

Christian Villanueva from the Mount Eden High School Choir said, “They don’t know the competition, what it’s like to have a real show choir.”

Mount Eden High School is one of the fourteen schools taking part during the California Capitol Vocal Jazz Show Choir Festival at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Friday and Saturday.

Villanueva stressed the time and dedication being in a choir takes and said, “From 3:45 to 6 on Mondays through Fridays, we’re practically at school from 12 hours or so.”

His vocal teacher Ken Rawdon agrees the reality is different from art. He said, “Glee makes it look like like they come out of the woodwork, all of a sudden the violin comes out of the floor, it starts playing and it’s really not like that.”

Choir Judge Cherry Hayes broke down what it’s really like and what she judges the kids on.

“We’re going to be listening for their singing ability because their singing comes first,” Hayes said. “They’re vocalists who dance and they’re going to be judged on originality, creativity, song to song, projection of energy to the audience.”

The group that fits her description the best will be given awards Friday and Saturday between 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s free to watch the show.

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