UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Sherman Central School has been named as a finalist to NBC's "Smash" Make a Musical Constructed by Lowe's.
Thirty schools from across the country have been selected as finalists in NBC's "Smash" Make a Musical Constructed by Lowe's initiative to improve school theater facilities. The schools will compete to receive the most online votes at makeamusical.org by Wednesday, April 10 in order to receive one of five grand prize gift certificates for $3,000 for tools and supplies to Lowe's for their renovations.
"These 30 exceptional schools all deserve to win the grand prize, founding chairman of iTheatrics Timothy Allen McDonald said. "Whether you live near to or far from them, please take a moment to applaud them. And please find your own unique way to express support of young people in the arts in your community, whether it's buying tickets to a show, donating time or resources, or congratulating a student performer or member of the backstage crew."
To kick off the initiative, Broadway star and "Smash" cast member Jeremy Jordan joined local Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers, Irwin Contracting, Inc., and volunteers from national nonprofit Rebuilding Together in early February to rebuild and restore East Rockaway High School's theater, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
Last season, "NBC's 'Smash': Make a Musical" created musical theater programs in schools by giving educators and students the tools and training they needed to build self-sustaining programs in under-served schools. The partnership was the catalyst for iTheatrics to produce 170 "Make a Musical" programs in schools across the U.S., with "NBC's Smash': Make a Musical" being directly responsible for creating 30 additional musical theater programs. "NBC's 'Smash': Make a Musical" was awarded a 2012 Thalo Critics' Choice Inspiration Award.