Finalist in “NBC’s ‘Smash’ Make A Musical”
Scholars’ Academy is one of 30 schools from across the country to be 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 to Lowe’s for their renovations. “These 30 exceptional schools all deserve to win the grand prize. 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,” says Timothy Allen McDonald, founding chairman of iTheatrics. The company, an educational theater consultancy firm, is a partner in the project. 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 selfsustaining programs in underserved 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 Inspirational Award.