Dramatics magazine releases its annual tally of most-produced plays and musicals for the 2015-16 school year.
Dramatics magazine, published by the Educational Theatre Association, has released its list of most-produced high school works of 2015-16. The Addams Family topped the list for most-produced high school musical and Almost, Maine was the most-produced play. Both works are in the No. 1 spot for the second year in a row.
Dramatics also announced the nation’s most-produced short play, The Show Must Go On. The numbers are tallied from 1,200 ETA member high schools, who self-reported (5,200 schools were surveyed). The survey has been conducted annually since 1938.
“The top 10 on these lists are pragmatic choices,” said Gregory Bossler, editor of Dramatics, in a statement. “There are solid reasons why these results are logical. Most of the pieces are classic choices, and Almost, Maine is a modern classic.”
The full lists are below.
1. Almost, Maine (John Cariani)
2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)
3. Servant of Two Masters (Carlo Goldoni)
4. Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
5. You Can’t Beat the House (Pat Cook)
6. The Odd Couple (Neil Simon)
7. Arsenic and Old Lace (Joseph Kesselring)
8. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Don Zolidis)
9. (tie) The Crucible (Arthur Miller) and Rabbit Hole (David Lindsay-Abaire)
1. The Addams Family (Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice)
2. Mary Poppins (Sherman Brothers, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe, Julian Fellowes)
3. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin)
4. Cinderella (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Douglas Carter Beane)
5. Legally Blonde (Nell Benjamin, Laurence O’Keefe, Heather Hach)
6-8. (tie) Grease (Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, John Farrar), Into the Woods (Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine), and The Little Mermaid (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, Doug Wright)
9. Little Shop of Horrors (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman)
10. (tie) Beauty and the Beast (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Linda Woolverton) and High School Musical (various writers)
1. The Show Must Go On (Laurence Klavan)
2. Our Place (Terry Gabbard)
3. Check Please (Jonathan Rand)
4. Oh, What a Tangled Web (John R. Carroll)
5. The Audition (Don Zolidis)
6-7. (tie) Sorry, Wrong Number (Lucille Fletcher) and The Thomas Paine Panther (T.J. Walsh)
8. The Role of Della (John Wooten)
9. The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time (Ian McWethy)
10. (tie) 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview (Ian McWethy), Booby Trap (Ed Monk), and Superheroes (Ian McWethy)
The Educational Theatre Association, based in Cincinnati, is a professional organization with approximately 100,000 members nationwide. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education.