‘Smash’s ‘Make a Musical’ program returns to help school theatre programs for a second year


For the second year in a row, NBC’s musical drama Smash is sponsoring the “Make a Musical” program, which assists middle and high schools in forming a theatre program. Last year’s winners received a Broadway Junior ShowKit and rights to a show. The school groups also received two master classes with instructors from iTheatrics as well as stipends for teachers and a technical theatre fund.

This year, Smash has partnered with Lowe’s for the program. Because of the partnership, this year’s winning schools will receive a $3000 Lowe’s gift card to spend however they wish.  Many of this year’s semi-finalists are looking to improve their auditoriums and other technical aspects of their theatre programs.

Hundreds of schools enter the competition, but only 30 semi-finalists are selected. Online public voting determines which five schools will be the winners. The schools are middle or high schools from all over the country. Votes can be cast through April 10th and this year’s winners will be announced on May 20th.

Lowe’s and Smash’s partnership has also resulted in the creation of two additional programs. One of these programs, “Rebuilding Together,” helped a New York high school rebuild their theater after devastating damage from Hurricane Sandy. Footage from the rebuild can be seen in a commercial featuring Smash star Jeremy Jordan, which typically airs during the show’s weekly broadcast.

Smash and Lowe’s also partnered together to sponsor “Musicals in Our Schools Week.” This project aims at bringing access to the arts to students of all ages. This year’s celebration kicked off on March 18th in Times Square with performances from several school theater programs, as well as a speech by Smash’s own Krysta Rodriguez.

Now, with its various initiatives, Smash is not only sharing the magic of musical theatre with its television audience, but also with the next generation of rising theatre stars. Thanks to programs like “Make a Musical,” schools will be able to fund their struggling theatre programs – and maybe even put a few future stars in the spotlight.

More information about Lowe’s and Smash’s programs, as well as voting for the “Make a Musical” finalists, can be found at the “Make a Musical” website.

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