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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.

CAPPIES REGIONS

13 local Cappies chapters are in operation in the following areas:

THROUGH THE CAPPIES

Theatre and journalism students are trained as critics and attend each others shows.

  • DISCUSS/LEARN

    Cappies student critics discuss and learn writing skills for publication. Local media publish the students’ bylines.

  • ADDED ATTENDANCE

    High School plays and musicals get high-profile publicity.
     
     

  • FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

    Cappies nights are for theatre what Homecoming is for football.
     

  • RECOGNIZED EFFORTS

    Theatre programs are celebrated for their excellence.
     

  • 100% STUDENT DRIVEN

    Cappies student critics decide who among their peer performers and technicians should be recognized for awards at the end of the season.

  • CELEBRATION

    Cappies Galas close the year with glamour and excitement. Audiences and appreciation for high school theatre grows.

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START A LOCAL CAPPIES CHAPTER

  • The Cappies welcomes charter applications from across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Over the past several years, Cappies Programs have been launched in 14 American and Canadian cities.
  • If you'd like to start a Cappies in your area? Please click the GET STARTED button below, and we'll be in touch with you to send startup materials to help get you started!
  • In order to join The Cappies, you will need to do the following:
    • Organize a small local meeting, with students, parents, and teachers. There will need to be at least four schools willing to participate for your application to be approved.
    • Form a steering committee, and apply for a charter.
      Roles include Program Director, Chair, Treasurer, and board members.
    • Find a program director, a person willing to volunteer time to make this work. This could be a parent, a teacher, or a theatre professional.
    • Invite local newspapers/sources to publish reviews. (They're usually very enthusiastic.)
    • Fill out the online charter application.
    • Submit a written charter application with endorsement, affirmation, and charter fees within 7 days of completing the online application.
    • Once approved, begin directing schools to the School Application page and ensure that all information is collected. Especially the Parental Authorization Forms.
  • Once you are approved, Cappies officials from across the U.S. and Canada will help you get off to a good start, and assist you with your first critics' training session. In your first year, it will take a lot of time, energy, and devotion.
  • Your theatre students will get a terrific learning experience, feel a new excitement when they put on plays and musicals, and earn community accolades like never before.
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