Metro school wins performance grant from NBC's 'Smash' - WSMV Channel 4

Metro school wins performance grant from NBC's 'Smash'

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

NBC's new primetime musical drama Smash premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Channel 4, and everyone is hoping it's a smashing success.

But the program is already a success in the eyes of students at one Metro Nashville school.

As the drama unfolds on-screen during Smash, some lucky schools all across the country will be making their own music, thanks to a grant from NBC.

One of those 20 schools is Oliver Middle School, right here in Nashville.

When the students at Oliver Middle signed up for drama club this year, they had no idea they would be chosen by NBC to devise their very own production with the help of trained professionals.

"I've only been here two hours, but you can tell that the school atmosphere is really loving and caring about kids. The enthusiasm is there," said Cindy Ripley, with iTheatrics.

The class is one of 20 selected nationwide for an opportunity that many of the kids have spent their entire young lives already training for.

"When I was little, I used to watch a whole lot of TV, and I'd see different superstars, and I fell in love with acting," student Shelsea Soto said.

"You could be the director. You could be (Smash executive producer) Steven Spielberg," said Deloris McCreary, Oliver Middle math and science teacher.

Do some have a little stage fright about being on a national stage? Not a chance.

"When you work with people who are your friend, you know you're not alone when you're on stage. And you can actually be yourself and relax," student Brooklyn Holmes said.

Once their musical is complete, the local students will put on several performances for the community. But even more than that, they will have a new set of life skills.

Local schools, directors and students interested in being part of the Fall 2012 program can sign up by visiting: http://www.makeamusical.org.

The deadline is March 2.

And don't forget to watch the premiere of 'Smash,' tonight at 9 p.m., on Channel 4.

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