I've just finished a series of 6 performances of 'Guys and Dolls' at school. There have been some great reviews in the local press and I was bowled over by some of the amazing talent that was in evidence, some of it from totally unexpected sources given that I've taught most of the cast at one time or another. It was challenging for me on trumpet, but highly a enjoyable experience as the orchestra consisted of some top class musicians. I really had to up my game to try to match their level. The only downside was that the show made a loss. OK we had to pay expenses to some of the orchestra, but I found out today that the license for the show was £1000. This seemed an incredible amount to me, given that it was a school performance. Is this the going rate, and is it a flat rate for all groups that want to stage such musicals? What are the criteria?