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End-of-year school events are approaching and you’re organizing a special one that needs promoting. Well, you’ve landed on the right page! In this post, you’ll find 5 tips to promote…

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Beauty and the Beast. Seussical. Grease. Into the Woods. Footloose. The Wizard of Oz. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Music Man. Once upon a Mattress. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Does that list look familiar? If you’re a regular reader of the TicketPeak blog then you probably recognize it from our posts from a few weeks back on small cast musicals and medium cast musicals for high school performance. The musicals listed above are the top 10 most performed musicals in U.S. high schools.

It’s important to remember that the most performed musicals are not necessarily the best. There’s something a little bit comfortable and (dare I say it) safe about choosing an often performed musical such as The Music Man or Once upon a Mattress. Some of your prospective cast will likely have had some exposure to your selection and these highly performed musicals often perform well at the box office.

But…

Wouldn’t it be fun to stray off the beaten path and choose something that will challenge your performing troupe and appeal to an audience that just might have had enough of Beauty and the Beast? And really, there is such a wide selection of musicals out there for large casts of over 20 performers that you shouldn’t limit yourself. Read on for 5 not-so-common contemporary musicals for a large cast that can be performed in a high school theatre.

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Beauty and the Beast. Seussical. Grease. Into the Woods. Footloose. The Wizard of Oz. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Music Man. Once upon a Mattress. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Does that list look familiar? If you’re a regular reader of the TicketPeak blog then you probably recognize it from our post a few weeks back, 5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Small Cast Edition. Those musicals listed above are the top 10 most performed musicals in U.S. high schools. Also, don’t miss our post for 5 Not-So-Common Musicals for High Schools: Large Cast Edition.

The top performed musicals are not necessarily the best – there is such a huge variety of musicals out there for medium size casts of 11-20 performers that you shouldn’t limit yourself to only the most popular selections. Read on for 5 not-so-common medium cast musicals for high school performing arts.

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Beauty and the Beast. Seussical. Grease. Into the Woods. Footloose. The Wizard of Oz. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The Music Man. Once upon a Mattress. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Are you wondering what that list is? Well, it’s the top 10 most performed musicals in U.S. high schools. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all great shows that hold a really special place in my heart. But don’t you get tired of doing the same thing over and over again? Tried and true can often fill the seats…but it can also be a snooze-fest!

Let’s see if we can avoid a snooze-fest for your high school theatre troupe, your audience, and your musical director! Read on for 5 not-so-common musicals for a small sized cast (less than 10 performers) that can be performed in a high school.

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Last week I came across an article by SocialBro, Xbox: What You Can Learn from the Most Responsive Brand on Customer Support, and I was struck by a few incredible takeaways that could easily be applied to almost any performing arts organization’s social media marketing strategy. But first, let’s talk a little bit about what makes Xbox’s social media presence so effective.

Xbox has over 12 different back-up support accounts on Twitter and post approximately 4,000 tweets each and every day with an average response time of only 2:42 minutes. Pretty impressive – they actually received a Guinness World Record for the ‘Most Responsive Brand on Twitter’! Of course, as part of a $142 billion company Xbox definitely has the manpower and funds to make a serious investment in their online presence.

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What does success look like for community theater companies? Is it sold out shows or subscription sell-outs? Does it come in the form of government grants and substantial donor contributions? Or is it simply the ability to say that you have produced a performing art piece of considerable quality?

So, how do you define success?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as the following:

  1. the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame;
  2. the correct or desired result of an attempt; and
  3. someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.

While these are all completely valid definitions, I particularly like point 2; success is all about achieving a desired result or better yet, meeting goals.

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Hang on to your hats, because this Instagram account takes custom hashtags to a whole new level! Meet the @oncemusical Instagram account; this account isn’t for an established performing arts venue (such as @metopera) or dance troupe (like @balletboyz)…it’s for a specific production!

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While I don’t suggest that community theaters set up a production-specific account for their upcoming season, @oncemusical has really outdone themselves when it comes to using custom hashtags. These hashtags aren’t overly complicated or elaborate but they accomplish their main goal just the same – intrigue and engage their followers!

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