The Cappies is a US IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization filing under EIN 31-1803517
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The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local media outlets by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews.
Theatre and journalism students are trained as critics and attend each others shows. Cappies students discuss and learn about theatre production. Throughout the year, newspapers publish the reviews with the students' bylines. At the end of the year, Cappies student critics decide who among their peer performers and technicians should be recognized for awards at the end of the season with glamour and excitement.
Each participating school selects a show to be attended, and also forms a team of 3 to 9 student critics and 2 adult volunteers in the fall. Shows may have between 20 and 90 critics in attendance. Critic teams and mentors gather in a private discussion room to perform pre, mid, and post show discussions. The technical and performance aspects of the show are discussed with provided documentation from the host school.
After each show, with adult oversight, the mentors and program director select the best written reviews to be sent to local press outlets. All the reviews are also sent back to the performing school.
At the end of the season, a Tonys-like celebration occurs, where all nominated shows perform a cutting or the critics' choice song, and the final Cappies awards are presented with a trophy by regional critics and peers.
13 local Cappies chapters are in operation in the following areas:
Serving the greater Washington, D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area.
Serving Orange County, CA and surrounding areas.
Serving Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
Serving the areas of Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Delaware.
Serving the Greater Cincinnati area including Northern Kentucky.
Serving Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County.
Serving Ottawa and the surrounding area.
Serving Edmonton, including St. Albert, Spruce Grove, and Sherwood Park.
Serving 45 miles in any direction from downtown Kansas City.
Serving Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Volusia counties.
Serving Southern Ontario.
Serving a 50 mile radius of St. Louis City and County.
Serving El Paso County, Texas.
Theatre and journalism students are trained as critics and attend each others shows.
Cappies student critics discuss and learn writing skills for publication. Local media publish the students’ bylines.
High School plays and musicals get high-profile publicity.
Cappies nights are for theatre what Homecoming is for football.
Theatre programs are celebrated for their excellence.
Cappies student critics decide who among their peer performers and technicians should be recognized for awards at the end of the season.
Cappies Galas close the year with glamour and excitement. Audiences and appreciation for high school theatre grows.