The 39 Steps by Upper Merion High School in King of Prussia, PA
November 14, 2017
Review submitted by Varun Andrews of Bordentown Regional High School
To execute a fast paced and witty Alfred Hitchcock spy thriller, a cast must truly put their hearts and minds into a production. Upper Merion Area High School did just that in their outstanding production of The 39 Steps.
This intriguing and riveting play plunges audiences into the world of Richard Hanney, an ordinary man, who finds himself o...
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Dock Mennonite Academy in Souderton, PA
November 14, 2017
Review submitted by PJ Williams of Ridley High School
With a talented cast, impressive technical features and a beautifully written story, audience members should "Go, Go, Go …" to see Dock Mennonite Academy's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical retelling of the biblical storie...
Inherit the Wind by the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA
November 7, 2017
Review submitted by Lizzie Dixon of The Agnes Irwin School
Due to recent events, we have become accustomed to the spread of false information, the strain of politics on relationships, and the struggle between traditionalism and progressivism. These issues and more are tackled in Episcopal Academy's production of Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
The play, an adaptation of the 1925 Scopes Trial,...
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Big Love by The Westtown School in West Chester, PA
October 31st, 2017
Review submitted by Victoria Kline of Academy of the New Church
What is love? How can we reconcile freedom and compromise? How can we keep up when life comes at us so quickly? These are questions that Westtown School's production of Big Love promises to answer.
While Big Love is based on an Ancient Greek script titled “The Suppliants”, its writer Charles L. Mee proves that issues of the past are stil...
Cappies 2017-2018 is underway!
The Cappies first organizational meeting of the year was held on Sunday October 22nd at Phoenixville High School. Over 175 student critics, mentors, and directors were in attendance.
The Cappies program has thirty-nine high schools involved this year from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The first Cappies’ shows start the weekend of October 27th and the last show will be in April. Each show will be attended by Cappies critics from various teams, an a...
Unionville High School was the host for the Cappies Gala awards. Thirty-Eight Greater Philadelphia Area high schools in their formal attire finest gathered to celebrate high school theatre.
Upper Merion High School lead the night by taking home four Cappies trophies, three of them Critic's awards, Marissa Emerson taking home the Cappie award for Senior Critic, Trinity Pike the Junior Critic Cappie, and the Upper Merion team as a whole won the Cappie for Critic's Team.
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Voting is over, the season is complete. And, the Cappies nominations have been released.
Leading the way in nominations this year are the teams from Unionville High School and Upper Merion Area High School. Unionville's intriguing production of Antigone by Sophocles and Upper Merion's hilarious musical The Addams Family, along with their critic teams, garnered an impressive thirteen nominations each. Ridley High School's production of Les Miserables: School Edition marched its way to twelve ...
Twelve Angry Jurors by the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA
April 25th, 2017
Review submitted by Trinity Pike of Upper Merion Area High School
One man is dead. The life of another is at stake. When twelve individuals decide the verdict of a homicide case, can justice truly be served? In The Baldwin School's production of Twelve Angry Jurors, simple affirmation evaporates into haunting doubt, making the deliberation evolve into something more nuanced than guilty or not guilty.
The alleged crime ...
The Drowsy Chaperone by Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA
April 25th, 2017
Review submitted by Karishma Singh of Friends' Central School
The Drowsy Chaperone is a lighthearted, comedic musical within a musical, in which "the man in a chair," an agoraphobic, theatre fanatic, takes the audience away to the world of "The Drowsy Chaperone," one of his favorite shows.
The show is about the wedding day of a businessman, Robert Martin, and his bride-to-be, Janet Van De Graaff, a Broadway sta...
RENT: School Edition by Upper Dublin High School in Maple Glen, PA
April 11, 2017
Review submitted by Zoe Walker of Friends' Central School
Glitter, graffiti, and angsty guitar solos: Upper Dublin High School's production of RENT: School Edition transported audience members to the artistic, rough-and-tumble New York City of the 1980's during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
The musical, now an American staple, first graced the Broadway stage in 1996. It follows a group of friends, including ...