Sometimes the Educational Theatre Association‘s (EdTA) annual play survey results help a troupe choose which shows they’ll perform. Of course, that decision is based on a lot of other factors, too. For example, the number of students involved on stage, and off, is a big factor to consider.

If you’re unfamiliar with EdTA, it is the parent company that began the International Thespian Society way back in 1929! Here’s where you can find even more detail about the play survey results over the years.

However, without further ado, here are the 2023 Play Survey Results.

Most-Produced Full-Length Musicals

1. The Addams Family by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa (TRW)
2. Mamma Mia! by Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus (MTI)
3. Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine (MTI)
4. Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (MTI)
5. (tie) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton (MTI)
5. (tie) Disney’s The Little Mermaid by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Doug Wright (MTI)
7. The SpongeBob Musical by Kyle Jarrow, Tina Landau, and various composers (Concord Theatricals)
8. Chicago: Teen Edition by John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse (Concord Theatricals)
9. Legally Blonde: The Musical by Heather Hach, Laurence O’Keefe, and Nell Benjamin (MTI)
10. Mean Girls: High School Version by Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond, and Nell Benjamin (MTI)

Most-Produced Short Musicals

1. Disney’s Frozen JR. by Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Jennifer Lee (MTI)
2. Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical JR. by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin (MTI)
3. Disney’s Newsies JR. by Harvey Fierstein, Alan Menken, and Jack Feldman (MTI)
4. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (MTI)
5. Annie JR. by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan (MTI)
6. Disney’s High School Musical JR. by David Simpatico and various composers (MTI)
7. (tie) Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. by Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, Alan Menken, and Doug Wright (MTI)
7. (tie) Shrek: The Musical JR. by David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori (MTI)
9. The Addams Family Young@Part by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa (TRW)
10. (tie) Disney’s The Lion King JR. by Elton John, Tim Rice, Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Roger Allers, and Irene Mecchi (MTI)
10. (tie) Seussical JR. by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle (MTI)

Most-Produced Plays 

1. Clue by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price, and Sandy Rustin (Broadway Licensing)
2. Puffs by Matt Cox (Concord Theatricals)
3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (public domain)
4. (tie) The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields (Broadway Licensing)
4. (tie) Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory (Dramatic Publishing)
6. Almost, Maine by John Cariani (Broadway Licensing)
7. (tie) Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice and Wayne Barker (MTI)
7. (tie) She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition by Qui Nguyen (Concord Theatricals)
9. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (various licencing agencies)
10. 12 Angry Jurors by Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel (Dramatic Publishing)

Most-Produced Short Plays 

1. (tie) 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis (Broadway Licensing)
1. (tie) Check Please by Jonathan Rand (Broadway Licensing)
3. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (One-Act) by Don Zolidis (Broadway Licensing)
4. Bad Auditions by Bad Actors by Ian McWethy (Broadway Licensing)
5. The One-Act Play Disaster by Don Zolidis (Broadway Licensing)
6. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by Greg Allen (Broadway Licensing)
7. 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview by Ian McWethy (Broadway Licensing)
8. (tie) Our Place by Terry Wayne Gabbard (Dramatic Publishing)
8. (tie) Tracks by Peter Tarsi (Dramatic Publishing)
10. (tie) 15 Reasons Not to Be in a Play by Alan Haehnel (Broadway Licensing)
10. (tie) Game of Tiaras (One-Act) by Don Zolidis (Broadway Licensing)
10. (tie) The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza (One-Act) by Don Zolidis (Broadway Licensing)
10. (tie) The 9 Worst Breakups of All Time by Ian McWethy (Broadway Licensing) 

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