CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two schools in our area are fighting to get a new performing arts theatre. They're finalists in a nationwide contest and you can help them win.
Drama teacher Tiffany Oden loves her job.
Right now, that means getting 40 students, kindergartners through high school seniors, ready to perform The Little Mermaid.
“The kids make it worth it, I love what I do.”
She's just not in love with the auditorium they have to work with.
“Anything we can do to give them a better facility is just gonna be wonderful. The kids really deserve it, they're great.”
Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia is a small school with a focus on fine arts dating back to the 1920s.
“It has character but the thing is the backstage really isn't fit for a big show. It would be nicer if it was nicer,” said middle-schooler Hannah Kelly.
The list of things that need fixing is pretty long.
“Oh, wow, how long do you have?” Oden jokes.
So Oden entered the school into a contest. SMASH-- NBC's show about a Broadway musical is teaming up with Lowes hardware to help renovate a school theatre.
Oden said, “Just the excitement of being in the top 30… I mean the whole spirit of the school is just crazy filled with excitement.”
Piedmont is a finalist but competing against much bigger schools to get the most number of votes.
Myers Park High is also a finalist. You can vote for either school at www.makeamusical.org. Get your votes in before Wednesday, April 10.