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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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18th Annual Gala - On Stage Photos Now Available

The 18th Annual Cappies Gala On-Stage Photos Are Now Available!
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Ordering Additional Trophies from the 18th Annual Gala (or previous season)

Congratulations on another successful Cappies season! Any school that would like to order any additional trophies for their school/recipients can request an additional trophy be produced!
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2017 Winners Announced!

The Cappies of the National Capital Area is proud to announce the 2017 Cappies Award Recipients!
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2017 Nominees Announced!

The Cappies of the National Capital Area is proud to announce the 2017 Nominations!
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Legally Blonde - Westfield High School - Chantilly, Virginia - May 6, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Legally Blonde performed at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on May 6, 2017.
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Beauty and the Beast - South Lakes High School - Reston, Virginia - May 6, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Beauty and the Beast performed at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia. Reviewed on May 6, 2017.
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Thoroughly Modern Millie - Heritage High School - Leesburg, Virginia - May 6, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Thoroughly Modern Millie performed at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Reviewed on May 6, 2017.
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Billy Elliot - West Potomac High School - Alexandria, Virginia - May 6, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Billy Elliot performed at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on May 6, 2017.
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Guys and Dolls - Fairfax High School - Fairfax, Virginia - May 6, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Guys and Dolls performed at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on May 6, 2017.
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Pippin - Robinson Secondary School - Fairfax, Virginia - May 5, 2017

Best Written Reviews for Pippin performed at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on May 5, 2017.
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