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BRIEF: 'Most Valuable Players' movie now streaming on Netflix

September 8, 2013

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Sept. 08--"Most Valuable Players," a documentary shot in the Lehigh Valley about the 2008 Freddy Awards, can now be watched on TV by those subscribed to Netflix's streaming service.

The film originally aired on Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011, and last year became available on DVD (2011, Virgil, unrated, $20). The DVD includes deleted scenes, commentaries, outtakes, a history of the State Theatre and a reunion special.

The Freddys are a Tonys-style program that honors high school musical theater in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. It's presented annually at Easton's State Theatre.

The filmmakers followed rehearsals for the plays, focusing on a rivalry between Emmaus and Parkland, who both staged "Les Miserables" the same weekend.

"Most Valuable Players," was produced by Matthew D. Kallis and Christopher Lockhart of Canyonback Films. Featured are area teachers and former students including John Andreadis, Frank Anonia, Rita Cortez, Jill Kuebler, Ali Mosser, Mark Stutz, Jennifer Wescoe and Katie Wexler.

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