A local high school is one of 30 schools in the running for NBC's "Smash" Make A Musical grant competition, and they need your help.
Students at Vandercook Lake High School are vying for a prize package valued at $10,000, and say winning the competition would mean so much for their struggling program.
In their cafeteria-turned auditorium, theater students at Vandercook Lake High School rehearse the musical "Oklahoma" -- and get the chance to be someone else.
"With theater, you are a different person everyday," said junior Tricia Parmalee. "I'm not Tricia Parmalee anymore, I'm Aunt Eller. I get to be whatever I want, and I don't have to worry about what's happening outside the theater."
There are plenty of worries for the theater program at Vandercook Lake -- it runs on no budget, and volunteers struggle to keep the program going. Now, there's a chance to change that with the "Make A Musical" project.
"What this would do for us - it would give us a budget line," said Roschenne Parmalee, a counselor at Vandercook Lake and a staff theater volunteer. "We'd be starting with capital, so that we could build the program and not operate from zero."
The top ten schools receive a prize package to perform a musical. It includes the cost of royalties to perform a show, two classes from New York-based teachers, a local project adviser, and funds for props and costumes.
"We can barely pay for royalties, for costumes," said Hailey Anderson, a senior at Vandercook Lake High School. "Sometimes we don't have the funds we need. We make all our stuff ourselves - so it would be great to win this scholarship and we wouldn't have to worry anymore."
Tricia Parmalee says its a chance to improve.
"We'd have a lot more opportunity to make the show even better than it is now," Parmalee explained.
But win or lose, Vandercook Lake High School is committed to keeping its theater program alive.
"We do a lot with a little at the moment, and we'll continue to do that," said Roschenne Parmalee. "This would just be a real boost for us."
As of Tuesday morning, Vandercook Lake is in 8th place. Voting is currently underway, and is open until May 4th. To cast your vote online, just click on the Hot Button, or head to http://www.juniortheaterproject.org/meet-the-schools/.