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Skeleton Crew Maintains The Smith Center During Closure

While the coronavirus pandemic has forced The Smith Center to send employees home and cancel all performances through December, a skeleton crew still remains on site to keep the building safe and operations running smoothly. The Smith Center points the spotlight on these hard-working team members.

Inside the Theater

The Story Behind the World’s First Actor

Live theater began with a man and his love for stories. Most theater and history buffs can name Thespis of ancient Greece, the world’s first known actor, and the origin of theater term thespian. While ancient Greek performances had long featured choreographed choral processions, Thespis sparked the idea for a show the likes of which none had seen before.

Performances and Artists

Classical Composers with Rock Star Lifestyles

Many rock stars earn reputations for scandal and battles against society that draw just as much attention as their music. But today’s artists didn’t invent this pattern. Believe it or not, classical composers from centuries ago launched this trend. Many of the greats who penned lasting masterpieces also dabbled in conspiracies, debauchery and rebellion.

Education and Outreach

Educator Supports Students During Remote Learning

As librarian with Dr. Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School, Kari Bastin will provide crucial support with remote learning in the new school year. That includes checking out devices to students for accessing the virtual curriculum at home. She will make personal calls and organize virtual meetings to ensure families can use the technology without issues.

Education and Outreach

Stimulating Arts Games to Help At-Home Learning

Full-time learning at home can feel unusual for students – but using the arts can help ease this transition. Physical activity stimulates the brain and can promote better academic performance. The Smith Center offers ideas to give young ones quick breaks during the day, which will have them moving and even gaining early exposure to the arts.

Education and Outreach

Teacher Builds Programs to Help Students Become College and Career Ready

“If you build it, they will come,” is the motto that guides Tiffany Grant as she works to prepare her junior high school students to be successful as high schoolers and later in life as adults. As a teacher at Lawrence Junior High School, Grant has pioneered numerous programs to enhance both learning and personal development opportunities for her students.

Education and Outreach

How Musical Theater Changed a Las Vegas School and Its Students

“It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” remembers Rosa Crumpley. Now 15, Crumpley first performed on stage at The Smith Center in just third grade. Side by side in handmade costumes, she and her fellow classmates performed a song-and-dance number from their elementary school’s very first musical production, “Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS.”

Education and Outreach

Teacher Helps Students with Rich Diet of Fruits, Veggies and Books

“When I was in 5th grade, my younger sister was getting ready to begin kindergarten, and I spent all summer creating and printing off worksheets to help her trace her letters,” Crystal Massengale remembers. Now after just five years of teaching at E.W. Griffith Elementary School, she makes a tremendous impact.

Education and Outreach

Top Teacher Helps Reduce Failure Rates

For as long as William Love can remember, he has looked up to his father as his personal hero. That’s why he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Clark County School District (CCSD) teacher. Now teaching at Liberty High School, Love created a Success 101 program to mentor at-risk freshman — with a resulting drop in failure rates.

Inside the Theater

The Writing Is on the Theater Wall

Most performers who take the stage at Reynolds Hall in The Smith Center leave something behind. Since the center opened in March 2012, all performers — superstars, dance ensembles and Broadway tour casts alike — have the opportunity to ink their signatures on the theater’s backstage walls.