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Scecina wins $10,000 theatre grant from NBC

Scecina's theatre department performed "Mary Poppins" for the 2017 spring musical. This year's musical is "In the Heights," which be performed at 7 p.m. March 23 and 24.

Scecina Memorial High School is one of 50 schools throughout the country to win a $10,000 R.I.S.E. America Grant for its theatre program. NBC awarded $500,000 in grants to high school theatre programs in concert with the network’s new drama, “Rise,” which premieres on Tuesday, March 13. Scecina is the only school in Indiana to receive a grant. 

The R.I.S. E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America Grants are designed to assist theatre programs with production expenses, technical equipment, master classes and other needs. 

Scecina was chosen from among 1,000 schools that submitted a video highlighting students, a letter from the principal and a 500-word essay. 

“We could not be more excited that the Educational Theatre Foundation, who partnered with NBC to facilitate these grants, was moved by our story at Scecina,” said Leslie (Zimmerman) Young '99, Scecina’s theatre director. 

“They got to see what we see every day: that our students are talented, hardworking, and motivated by their theatre experiences. I am so grateful that we have been recognized in this way!” 

The grant money will be used to strengthen the curriculum, student experience, and purchase technical equipment to enhance Scecina’s growing theatre program. 

Scecina students are in rehearsals now for their next production, “In the Heights,” with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which they will perform at 7 p.m. March 23 and 24. 

NBC’s “Rise” is about a high school theatre program in a small town. Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) and Jeffrey Seller (“Hamilton”) are executive producers. The drama stars Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Auli’I Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie

Click here to watch Scecina submitted video
Click here to read the USA Today story

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kim Moore wrote:
Congratulations Mrs Young and the Scecina Theatre Department. Job well done. Kerrington and Isabelle you both are great and represent very well (on and off stage). I’ve enjoyed the plays and musicals. I look forward to “In The Heights”. Continued Blessings

Fri, March 9, 2018 @ 5:11 PM

2. Kevin Johnson wrote:
Went to see "In the Heights" last night at Scecina - really enjoyed- congrats to the cast and whole production team !!!

Sat, March 24, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

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