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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.

THROUGH THE CAPPIES

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.

HOW IT ALL WORKS

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.

SCHOOL APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED

School applications are now being accepted for the current season. Click below to begin the application process.
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CURRENT REVIEWS NOW AVAILABLE

We are currently in the process of bringing reviews online for the current season. Keep checking back for updates.
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AWARDS PREVIOUS SEASON

Previous year award nominees and recipients will be posted shortly. Please keep checking back for updates.
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CONTACT US FOR ASSISTANCE

Please feel free to reach out to us by e-mailing AdminNCA@cappies.org with any questions you may have. If you'd like to view a full list of contacts, click the link below.
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Almost, Maine, The New School of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, March 16, 2019

Best Written Reviews for Almost, Maine performed at The New School of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on March 16, 2019.
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Singin’ in the Rain, Freedom High School, Chantilly, Virginia, March 9, 2019

Best Written Reviews for Singin’ in the Rain performed at Freedom High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on March 9, 2019.
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Best Written Reviews for Damn Yankees performed at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. Reviewed on March 9, 2019.
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Best Written Reviews for Mamma Mia! performed at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. Reviewed on March 2, 2019.
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Best Written Reviews for Peter and the Starcatcher performed at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Reviewed on March 1, 2019.
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The Wizard of Oz at Oakcrest School.

Best Written Reviews for The Wizard of Oz performed at Oakcrest School in Vienna, Virginia. Reviewed on February 23, 2019.
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The Sound of Music, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland, February 23, 2019

Best Written Reviews for the Sound of Music performed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Reviewed on February 23, 2019.
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Moon Over Buffalo, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia, February 23, 2019

Best Written Reviews for the Moon Over Buffalo performed at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. Reviewed on February 23, 2019.
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Lord of the Flies, McLean High School, McLean, Virginia, February 2, 2019

Best Written Reviews for Lord of the Flies performed at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia. Reviewed on February 2, 2019.
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