2013-04-12 / Community

Smash! Scholars’ Wins “Make-A-Musical” Contest

The votes are in and Rockaway’s Scholars’ Academy is a grand prize winner of “NBC’s ‘Smash’ Make a Musical Constructed by Lowe’s” contest.

The NBC TV show, “Smash: Make A Musical,” Lowe’s and iTheatrics partnered to help schools across America improve their theaters. In March, 30 schools were selected as semi-finalists. Out of those entries, the five schools earning the most votes would become finalists and receive gift cards from Lowe’s to help improve their theatre facilities.

The schools competed to receive the most online votes at makeamusical.org by Wednesday, April 10th.

A strong Facebook campaign orchestrated by locals helped push Scholar's into one of the coveted top five spots.

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 underserved schools.

The partnership was the catalyst for iTheatrics, an educational theatre consulting firm, 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.

Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst also won. Other winners included schools in Virginia, Tennessee and California.

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