No Information Found
We searched our database for the 2012-13 school year, and we found no information about musicals at McHenry High School-West Campus, located in McHenry, Ill.
There could be any number of reasons for this error. First, not all schools respond to our requests for information. They may not respond simply because they haven't decided what musical they're going to perform yet or because they are are suspicious of the motives of a nonprofit entity trying to provide free services. They are literally bombarded with messages from for-profit enterprises these days, and in their defense, it's hard to tell the difference sometimes.
What could also happen is that school websites are widely varied in terms of navigability and ease of use—or of finding information. We search, and we also use some of Google's more advanced search techniques. But even still, searches can be very frustrating and come up empty.
Since the above two results aren't very likely in reality, we usually assume if we can't find a reference to a musical on a school's website that the school isn't performing a musical this year. In addition, we have simply "copied" the non-performance of a musical in the 2010-11 school year to this school year for about 150 schools. None of these school performed a musical two years ago, and we simply make an assumption, which may be inaccurate.
Finally, there are about 120 high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system and about 100 private high schools that we simply don't ask. Some of them provide the information for us anyway, but asking for information from huge school systems and from schools that aren't required by law to respond to requests for information is just too difficult for our small staff. We will gladly publish and actively promote any musical production we know about, but therein lies the rub.