Samuel French Launches ’Razzle Dazzle Competition’ for Chicago: High School Edition | Playbill

Education News Samuel French Launches ’Razzle Dazzle Competition’ for Chicago: High School Edition High schools across the U.S. can enter to win rights to a royalty-free production of the hit Kander and Ebb musical in celebration of composer John Kander’s 90th birthday.

Samuel French, Inc. has announced the launch of the “Razzle Dazzle Competition,” offering a three-performance, royalty-free license for Chicago: High School Edition to 10 winning high schools across the U.S.

Created in celebration of Chicago composer John Kander’s 90th birthday, the competition asks schools how their students “razzle dazzle” their school community, by demonstrating how musical theatre impacts their students' lives, inside and outside the school community.

Video submissions are now open at The 10 winning schools will be announced February 11, 2019, on Samuel French’s social channels and on

The winning schools will receive free royalties to produce the high school edition of the hit Kander and Ebb musical, in addition to receiving rehearsal and performance tracks from Right On Cue Services.

“Samuel French is proud to support students and their theatre programs, as well as highlight the importance of the performing arts in our schools and youth programs. We are excited to provide this opportunity for schools to make theatre happen in their communities,” said Abbie Van Nostrand, director of corporate communications for Samuel French.

“We applaud The Razzle Dazzle Competition for shining the spotlight on local schools committed to shaping and expanding community access to the arts. Many people first experience and fall in love with theatre by being in the audience of a local student performance. It’s from these very cafetoriums, stages, and gymnasiums that the next generation of artist and arts supporters will be born, and students will be celebrated for their problem-solving, teamwork and creativity,” added Timothy Allen McDonald, author and founding chairman of iTheatrics.

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