Milwaukee school is finalist for NBC 'Make a Musical' contest
Melissa McCrady reports.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee school has made the cut for NBC's "Smash" contest.
MPS' Ronald Reagan College Prep High School has been chosen as one of 30 schools nationwide to potentially win $3,000 to renovate its theater.
The school has quite the arts program.
Four years ago, 50 students participated.
Now, more than 500 are involved in band, choir or theater.
"They're a great role model for the rest of the school," said Band Director Adam Murphy.
He says the talent is there, but the resources are not.
"For our theater, we need to improve our lighting system."
He gave TODAY"S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady a tour during a silent moment on stage.
Murphy revealed lighting from the 1950's.
"They don't change colors. They don't move or redirect. They don't do spotlights...it's like a Frankenstein movie, where these things are very old, and in order to turn things on and off, it's a big clunk."
Reagan became one of 30 finalists for the "Make a Musical" contest in honor of Tuesday night's hit musical drama "Smash."
The top five schools win $3,000 for theater renovations.
"I want to say to everyone in Milwauke, everyone in the world, please vote for us, because we really need the money to improve our lighting system," said Alondra Garcia, a sophomore.
Students remember a time when the lights simply went out in the middle of a production.
They say every bit will help.
"I think getting this money to improve it would be incredible," said Ann Liners, a freshman.
"Please help us to win, please," added Garcia.
Click here to vote through April 10th.