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Most Valuable Players

Most Valuable Players
Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships, while theater departments struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some recognition of their own. Helping to settle the score are the "Freddy Awards," a live television event that celebrates excellence in high school musical theater. Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, Most Valuable Players follows three theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony — the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater. Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club "The feel good documentary of the year"—IDA "FUNNY...COMPELLING"—USA Today "A THRILLING DOCUMENTARY"—The Huffington Post "A really entertaining documentary"—Variety "IRRESISTIBLE"—Kevin Thomas, LA Film Critic "A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS"—The Washington Post "We were GLUED TO THE SCREEN"—'Glee' Producers, Dante DiLoreto and Ian Brennan

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