HOW YOU CAN HELP: After emerging from a huge field to get this far, the Teaneck Community Charter School needs your vote to win NBC Universal’s “Smash: Make a Musical” contest. It’s easy — all you have to do is vote online. But you must act soon: There’s only a week left.
Teaneck Community Charter School pupils practice (PHOTO courtesy TCCS)
The competition was established in conjunction with the launch of the new hit series “Smash” by NBC and iTheatrics to ensure sustainable music programs are created in under-served communities.
TCCS is one of 30 finalists competing for 10 available grants after being selected from more than 1,000 applicants based on need, how the school would use the funds, and agreeing to put on a musical for the next two school years.
It’s also one of the smallest schools to compete.
TCCS pupils now get two periods of music and art per week. The grant would expand the program and give them the chance to stage their very first musical.
“Winning is not about the money,” Principal Billy Bowie told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It’s really about the opportunity.
“By being able to expand the arts programs, we would be able to enhance student learning and understanding.”
If TCCS wins, Broadway professionals would conduct acting classes, two teachers would receive stipends, the school would be able to buy props, costumes and scenery, and a project advisor would be assigned.
TCCS is also holding a fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. next Thursday at The Landmark on Route 17 in East Rutherford. INFO: tccsnj.org
Fifth-grader Destiny Greene told CLIFFVIEW PILOT she hopes TCCS wins so she can perform in “Annie.”
“Every day after school and at night I go on to the website and vote for my school,” said Destiny, who loves to dance and act and can play the clarinet, drums and piano. “My mom sends people emails and calls my family in Jamaica, London, New York and different parts of New Jersey so they can vote, too.”
To cast your vote, go to: JuniorTheaterProject.org
You can vote just about daily, and on multiple devices.
This article was written by the newest staffer at CLIFFVIEW PILOT , 16-year-old Lexy Siegel of Northern Valley High School.
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