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Rowland kids catch eye of the tiger in Summer Arts Academy

Rowland kids catch eye of the tiger in Summer Arts Academy in West Covina

The Summer Arts Academy celebrated the first days of summer with its annual arts showcase at Hollingworth Elementary in West Covina. The students were doing their final rehearsals before the big show last week for friends and family.

The Rowland Unified students were in fine voice as they rehearsed their musical numbers. Others were mounting the student artwork in a large exhibit in the hallway.

The kids had the “Eye of the Tiger” as they launched into one of their big numbers. Though the choreographed tiger claws were a little scary.

Three college students watched closely as their students roared through the pop song. Rebeka Joson, 19, and her 21-year-old brother, Matthew, had been working with the Rowland students for the past three weeks in the popular summer program.

Matthew knows his stagecraft, finishing his first year with the Young Americans show group. The local singer performed in three of their productions last year.

The Rowland High grad was back to share his expertise with the younger students. He was also helped by Erika Larracas, a 21-year-old communications major at Cal State Long Beach.

“I enjoy working with the youngsters, they’re lots of fun to work with,” Joson said.

The Summer Arts Academy was held June 9-27 for elementary students. Classes were held weekday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Students enjoyed daily hands-on art projects, as well as singing and dancing lessons. All the hard work led up to the big arts showcase on June 26.

Three young women practiced one of their numbers in the nearby cafeteria. Paula Wu is already a semi-professional singer, having auditioned for The Disney Channel. The 10-year-old fifth grader at Blandford Elementary seemed nonplussed about the big show.

“I know I can handle it, everything is fine once I get on the stage,” Wu explained. Click HERE for entire story!

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