The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), Disney Theatrical Group, and Music Theatre International have teamed up to present a new competition for high schools across the U.S. that will see one school in each of the 50 states given free, exclusive rights to present Disney's Frozen in the coming school year. The resulting school productions will be a first for the work, which premiered on Broadway in 2018.
The United States of Frozen: Love is an Open Door competition will be open to any high school in the U.S., including U.S. territories, with applicants asked to explain how they would use their production to strengthen their school community, provide outreach to underserved groups, and support inclusive and diverse theatre programs. Winning schools, to be selected by EdTA, will receive rights for up to three performances of Frozen; free access to the work's digital script, score, and orchestrations; a video license, and more.
Applications can be submitted through August 1, with winning schools to present the Disney musical between September 2022 and January 2024.
"After mounting first-class productions of Frozen on Broadway, in the West End, on tour throughout North America, and in Japan, Germany and Australia, I am thrilled that the wonderful story of Frozen will soon be told on high school stages throughout the U.S.,” says Disney Theatrical Director of Theatrical Licensing David R. Scott. "The show’s message of love and acceptance will be celebrated through the diverse array of talented students bringing the beloved characters of Arendelle to life while supporting their peers and local community."
Based on the animated film, Frozen features a book by Jennifer Lee and a score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the latter including both the songs from the film and several songs newly written for the stage adaptation. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2018, closing when the pandemic shut down live theatre worldwide. Along with a North American national tour, the work is also currently running in London's West End. Frozen JR., an hour-long version of the show adapted for middle school-aged performers, debuted in 2019. The winning productions from this contest will serve as the debut school productions for the full-length version.
For more information and to enter, visit SchoolTheatre.org.