10 Most-Produced High School Plays and Musicals of 2017–2018

Education News   10 Most-Produced High School Plays and Musicals of 2017–2018
 
Over 4,000 high schools participated in the 80th annual survey, conducted by the Educational Theatre Association.
<i>Beauty and the Beast</i>, presented by Troupe 2980, Memorial High School, Houston, Texas
Beauty and the Beast, presented by Troupe 2980, Memorial High School, Houston, Texas R. Bruhn/Educational Theatre association

The Educational Theatre Association has revealed its annual list of the most produced full-length plays, full-length musicals, and short plays in U.S. high schools. Beauty and the Beast; Almost, Maine; and Check Please clinched top billing for most produced musical, full-length play, and short play, respectively, during the 2017–18 school year.

With an average of ten performances each last year, and a total average audience of 1,770, EdTA’s reports reveal a total potential audience of 46.3 million for high school theatres across the country, comparable to the combined audiences for Broadway touring companies and regional theatres.

Beauty and the Beast upset The Addams Family’s three-year hold atop the musicals list, and Peter and the Starcatcher rose to number three after making its top 10 debut last year on the full-length play list. John Cariani’s Almost, Maine topped the list for most-produced play for the fourth year in a row.

FULL-LENGTH MUSICALS
1. Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Linda Woolverton), Music Theatre International (MTI)
2. The Addams Family (Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice), Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW)
3. The Little Mermaid (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, Doug Wright), MTI
4. Into the Woods (Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine), MTI
5. Cinderella (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Douglas Carter Beane), Rodgers & Hammerstein
6. Shrek (David Lindsay-Abaire, Jeanine Tesori), MTI
7. Seussical (Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens), MTI
8. Little Shop of Horrors (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman), MTI
9. The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart), Tams-Witmark
10. Annie (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan), MTI

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS
1. Almost, Maine (John Cariani), Dramatists Play Service
2. Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare), public domain
3. Peter and the Starcatcher (Wayne Barker, Rick Elice), MTI
4. Alice in Wonderland (various)
5. Our Town (Thornton Wilder), Samuel French
6. 12 Angry Jurors (Reginald Rose), Dramatic Publishing
7. The Crucible (Arthur Miller), Dramatists Play Service
8. Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesselring), Dramatists Play Service
9. A Christmas Carol (various)
10. Radium Girls (D.W. Gregory), Dramatic Publishing

SHORT PLAYS
1. Check Please (Jonathan Rand), Playscripts
2. 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse (Don Zolidis), Playscripts
3. Check Please: Take 2 (Jonathan Rand), Playscripts
4. This Is a Test (Stephen Gregg), Dramatic Publishing
5. All in the Timing (David Ives), Dramatists Play Service
6. The Actor’s Nightmare (Christopher Durang), Dramatists Play Service
7. The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet (Peter Bloedel), Playscripts
8. 15 Reasons Not to Be in a Play (Alan Haehnel), Playscripts
9. Aladdin (various)
10. A Sure Thing (David Ives), Dramatists Play Service

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