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Top 10 Most-Produced High School Plays and Musicals of 2016–2017 Revealed

Over 3,000 high schools participated in the 79th annual survey, conducted by the Educational Theatre Association.

The Addams Family

2015, 'The Addams Family,'
Presented by Troupe 127, Spring Woods High School, Houston, Texas (Susan Doremus)

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. This year, EdTA added a new component to the survey, compiling attendance data for the participating schools.

With an average of ten performances each last year, and a total average audience of 1,889, EdTA’s reports reveal a total potential audience of 49.4 million for high school theatres across the country. To offer comparison, Broadway touring companies reach 13.9 audience members annually.

John Cariani’s Almost, Maine and Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family topped the lists for Most-Produced Play and Musical, respectively, for the third year in a row.

Click here for the full article published by Adam Hetrick on September 13, 2017.