The Cypress Falls High School theatre program is one of 30 nationwide semifinalists competing for the SMASH Make a Musical contest, which serves to provide needed funding to schools to improve their physical performance space.
The online voting process began on March 12 and concludes on April 10 at makeamusical.org. The top five vote-getters will be announced on April 11, and will each receive a $3,000 gift card to Lowe’s that can be used to purchase materials directly related to improving the school’s performance space. SMASH Make a Musical voters can cast one vote per 24-hour period from a single IP address.
According to the Make a Musical voting page, Cypress Falls’ theatre program is a microcosm of modern America whose students are leading a new and exciting path in the dramatic arts.
“We’re thrilled to be one of the semifinalists for this nationwide contest,” says teacher Cory Kelley, who co-directs the Cypress Falls theatre program along with Sherry Frank and Rachel Seney. “To be given this type of platform, during a time when lawmakers’ support for the fine arts is fading, we have to take these opportunities to push the importance of our programs and boost excitement for what’s happening at our school.”
Kelley says the program would likely use the grand-prize winnings to build new risers in the school’s “black box theater,” a multi-purpose room at the campus that serves as both a classroom and performance space.
The Cypress Falls theatre program will next take the stage on March 22 at the Berry Center, when it performs Nickel and Dimed for the UIL District One-Act Play competition.
The Cypress Falls theatre program, pictured from its
fall musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”