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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.

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Best written reviews for “Chicago: Teen Edition” performed by Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Reviewed on December 3, 2022.

Falls Church High School in Falls Church, Virginia, presented “Chicago: Teen Edition” to the Cappies Critics on December 3, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “The Play That Goes Wrong (High School Edition)” performed by Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on December 2, 2022.

Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, presented “The Play That Goes Wrong (High School Edition)” to the Cappies Critics on December 2, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Eurydice” performed by H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. Reviewed on December 3, 2022.

H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia, presented “Eurydice” to the Cappies Critics on December 3, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Wendy & Peter Pan” performed by Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. Reviewed on November 19, 2022.

Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia, presented “Wendy & Peter Pan” to the Cappies Critics on November 19, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts” performed by Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia. Reviewed on November 19, 2022.

Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia, presented “Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts” to the Cappies Critics on November 19, 2022. This play was performed as part of an educational theatre program. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Peter and the Starcatcher” performed by Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Reviewed on November 18, 2022.

Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, presented “Peter and the Starcatcher” to the Cappies Critics on November 18, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition” performed by Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on November 18, 2022.

Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented “She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition” to the Cappies Critics on November 18, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. Reviewed on November 12, 2022.

James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, presented “Much Ado About Nothing” to the Cappies Critics on November 12, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Pippin” performed by Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Reviewed on November 11, 2022.

Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia, presented “Pippin” to the Cappies Critics on November 11, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “One Man, Two Guvnors” performed by W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on November 5, 2022.

W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, presented “One Man, Two Guvnors” to the Cappies Critics on November 5, 2022. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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