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Disney on Broadway: School of Excellence

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Celebrate 30 years of Disney on Broadway with a brand-new initiative acknowledging school theatre programs across the country.

A partnership among Disney Theatrical Group, the Educational Theatre Association, and Music Theatre International, the Disney on Broadway School of Excellence program recognizes student creativity and excellence in school theatre by granting free licenses of select Disney musicals to middle and high schools to be performed between the fall of 2024 and December 2025.

Through a competitive application process, this nationwide program will celebrate schools that display student-led engagement in theatrical disciplines such as stagecraft, theatrical design, choreography, direction, or performance. Together, these schools will honor the timeless magic of Disney musicals on stage and represent the future of theatrical storytelling for the next generation.

Eligibility

Schools interested in applying must meet these criteria:

  • Must be an accredited school within the United States or U.S. territories. Camps/academies are not eligible.
  • Must be an active Thespian troupe with the International Thespian Society/Educational Theatre Association at the time of application.
  • Must perform the show with middle (grades 6-9) or high school students (grades 9-12).
  • Must choose from one of the eligible titles (listed below).
  • All performances must conclude by December 31, 2025.
  • Winners must complete and submit their license contract within 1 week of acceptance.
  • Only one application may be permitted per school.
  • Application must be submitted by a staff/faculty member at the school.

Program Components

Accepted schools will receive:

  • Free performance rights (including free rental of production materials) to produce up to three (3) performances of their chosen show.
    • Schools may have the option to add additional performances with paid royalties.
    • Must have a capacity limit of 500 audience members per performance. For venues with greater than 500 audience members per performance, royalties will apply for the difference.
    • For more details on the royalty requirements for additional performances and seating capacity, please see the “Award” section of the Terms & Conditions below.
  • Free production materials, including:
    • Script
    • Score
    • Performance Accompaniment and Guide Vocal Tracks (Broadway Junior® titles and Descendants only)
    • ShowKit® (Broadway Junior® titles only)
    • Downloadable Resources and Choreography Videos (for Broadway Junior® titles)
  • Free logo pack
  • Free video license
  • Opportunity to participate in exclusive virtual webinars hosted by sponsors and theatre professionals.

Available Full-Length Titles

Available Broadway Junior® Titles

Applications Due August 16, 2024

Selected schools will be notified by mid-September 2024.
Performances must take place between October 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025.

Program Description

In celebration of Disney on Broadway’s 30th Anniversary, Disney Theatrical Group (“DTG”) has launched the Disney on Broadway School of Excellence Program: a new nationwide initiative recognizing student creativity and excellence in school theatre.

In collaboration with the Educational Theatre Association (“EdTA”) and Music Theatre International (“MTI”), this program will grant free licenses of select Disney musicals to middle and high schools throughout the U.S., to be performed in the 2024-2025 school year (but in any event, with a final performance deadline of the end of the 2025 calendar year). Through an application process operated by EdTA, the Disney on Broadway School of Excellence Program (the “Program”) will celebrate schools that display both outstanding artistic achievement and student-led engagement in areas such as stagecraft, theatrical design, choreography, direction, and performance. See the Selection section below for more details regarding the judging criteria for Program applicants.

EdTA, DTG, and MTI (the “Sponsors”) are calling on all eligible schools with significant student involvement in the theatrical process, including involvement at leadership levels, to apply. School eligibility requirements are detailed in the Who Is Eligible? section below, including a requirement for applicant schools to have an active Thespian troupe status with EdTA at the time of submitting their application. Together, these schools will honor the timeless magic of Disney musicals on stage and represent the future of theatrical storytelling for the next generation.

How to Apply

Submit your application online at https://schooltheatre.org/school-of-excellence between 12:01 am ET on June 24 and 11:59 pm ET on August 16, 2024.

Application must be submitted by an authorized staff/faculty member representative at the applying school. Applicants may submit only one (1) application per school. In the event more than one (1) application is received from a school, only the first application submitted will be reviewed. Applicants that submit incomplete applications, fail to submit their applications on time, or that do not meet all the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.

Please note that awarded schools will be required to create a vendor account with MTI in order to participate in the Program. In order to avoid processing delays, it is recommended that applicants who do not currently have an MTI vendor account begin the process of creating an account at the time of their application to the Program. For more information, visit https://www.mtishows.com.

Application Period

All applications must be submitted during the entry period, which begins at 12:01 am ET on June 24, 2024 and closes at 11:59 pm ET on August 16, 2024.

Incomplete applications started but not submitted before the closing deadline will not be accepted or reviewed.

Sponsors

The Sponsors of this Program are:

Disney Theatrical Group (DTG): 214 W. 42nd St, New York, NY, 10036;

Educational Theatre Association (EdTA): 4555 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 650, Cincinnati, OH 45242;

Music Theatre International (MTI): 423 West 55th Street, Second Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Who Is Eligible?
  • Applicants must be an accredited school within the United States or U.S. territories. Camps/academies are not eligible.
  • Schools may be located within any U.S. state or territory. There is no limit to the number of schools accepted per state.
  • Schools must be an active Thespian troupe in good financial standing with EdTA at the time of application.
  • Schools must have a student population of middle and/or high school students (grades 6-12). Elementary schools serving only grades K-5 are not eligible.
  • A Thespian troupe that has received the Disney on Broadway School of Excellence Award shall not be eligible to receive the award again within a two-year period following their most recent win.
Award

Schools accepted into the Program will receive:

  • Complimentary performance rights (including free rental of production materials) to produce up to three (3) performances of their chosen Disney musical. Note that even though the performance rights are complimentary, schools must enter into a license contract with MTI (“License”) and must open a vendor account with MTI if they don’t already have one.
    • Schools may have the option to add additional performances with paid royalties and additional material rental fees, if applicable.
    • In order for the license to be royalty-free, each performance must have a capacity limit of five hundred (500) audience members per performance (regardless of the actual number of seats in the venue). For purposes of determining the capacity limit, the relevant number is not the number of seats in the venue, but the number of seats the school expects to sell on average for the performances. For performances where the school expects to make available for sale more than five hundredd (500) tickets per performance, royalties will apply for the expected ticket sales in excess of five hundred (500) audience members per performance.
  • Complimentary production materials, which shall be comprised of the following:
    • Script
    • Score
    • Performance Accompaniment and Guide Vocal Tracks (JR. titles and Descendants only)
    • ShowKit (JR. titles only)
    • Downloadable Resources and Choreography Videos (JR. titles only)
  • Complimentary logo pack
  • Complimentary video license
  • Opportunity to participate in exclusive virtual webinars hosted by Sponsors and theatre professionals.
  • Please note that MTI offers additional production resources (such as digital scenic projections by Broadway Media and promotional artwork by Subplot Studio) which are not included in the award hereunder and which are available for purchase directly through MTI.
Selection

All applications will be read and evaluated by a panel of adjudicators from each of the three (3) Sponsor organizations.

Applications will be judged on multiple factors, including: (a) the school’s ability to produce a quality stage production in the designated time frame; (b) the school’s choice of Disney musical for their theatre program, and the school’s ability to demonstrate such musical’s connection to their students and/or school community; (c) the breadth of and level of commitment to student involvement in the production and rehearsal process, including involvement at leadership levels; and (d) a breif response from a current student in the school’s theatre program to one (1) of three (3) student prompts. The number of schools selected for the Program will be determined by Sponsors during the evaluation process.

Schools selected for the program will be notified in early September 2024 and must confirm their acceptance by completing their License within one (1) week of this notification, or within one (1) week of the school’s successful creation of an MTI vendor account, if the school does not already have an active account with MTI.

Selected schools will be announced publicly in mid-late September 2024.

Production Period

Schools must produce and perform their Disney musical production between October 1, 2024 and December 31, 2025.

Schools receive the right to perform up to three (3) royalty-free performances of a Disney musical as part of the Program (provided such performances are within the above-mentioned capacity limits). Additional performances may be added, but after three (3) performances, royalties will apply, as well as additional material rental fees, if applicable. See also Award section above regarding ticket sales for capacity larger than five hundred (500) audience members.

Program Terms

Schools participating in the Program must agree to:

  • Select from the list of designated Disney musical titles provided. Requests to perform a different Disney musical not listed in the application will not be awarded.
  • Complete the License within one (1) week of acceptance into the program, or within one (1) week of school’s successful creation of an MTI vendor account, if the school does not already have an active account with MTI.
  • Produce the Disney musical indicated in their application on stage between October 1, 2024 and December 31, 2025.
  • Produce their Disney musical production with middle (grades 6-9) and/or high school (grades 9-12) students.
  • Attend virtual meetings with Sponsors throughout the Program as requested.
  • Provide photos and videos of the production to Sponsors, accompanied by signed media releases (to be provided by Sponsors upon acceptance).
  • Abide by all Program guidelines,  including without limitation marketing and branding guidelines,  set forth by Sponsor organizations and in the License with MTI, including but not limited to:
    • Usage of the Disney, EdTA, and MTI names and logos.
    • Usage of the “Disney on Broadway School of Excellence” name and artwork.
    • Proper billing for the Disney musical production as set forth in the MTI license contract.
    • Usage of the artwork and language promoting the Disney musical production in any and all marketing, including but not limited to: press releases, advertisements, posters, playbills, e-blasts, social media content, and media appearances.
  • Abide by all Terms set forth in the MTI License.

Any school which violates any of the foregoing Program terms may be subject to immediate revocation of its License and removal from the Program, in the Sponsors’ sole discretion.

General Conditions

This Program is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

By applying for this Program, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions and agree to release EdTA, DTG, MTI, their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, employees, agents and representatives of each of them, and any entities responsible for the administration, promotion and fulfillment of the Program (“Released Parties”) from any and all liability for injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Program.

Released Parties are not responsible for technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware, or software failures of any kind, including any injury or damage to applicant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any materials in this Program. Released Parties are also not responsible for incomplete, distorted, or delayed Internet/email computer applications. In the event that technical difficulties compromise the integrity or ability of the applications under this Program, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate this Program at any time.

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