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'Glee' fever hits students in Alexandria

Friday - 6/10/2011, 5:47am  ET

Students from T.C. Williams High School prepare for 'Glee'

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reports.


ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Teenagers broke out in song this week and one local music director credits the show "Glee" for a sudden up-tick in a capella interest.

"My kids eat, sleep, drink, everything 'Glee,'" says T.C. Williams High School Choral Director Theodore Thorp.

The music teacher sees a difference in how choir is perceived since the prime-time show took off in 2009. Suddenly it's cool to break out into song and dance. The department has even changed its course work based on the shift.

There is "a lot more variety in genres and styles that have been implemented as part of the music repertoire," he says.

The students' love for "Glee" is paying off. On Thursday, they sang for the cast of the FOX program at the Verizon Center in D.C.

WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck and Alicia Lozano contributed to this report. Follow Andrew and WTOP on Twitter.

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