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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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Guys and Dolls, Bishop O’Connell High School, Arlington, Virginia, November 16, 2019

Best written reviews for Guys and Dolls performed at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. Reviewed on November 16, 2019.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia, November 15, 2019

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Clue: On Stage (High School Edition), Board Run High School, Ashburn, Virginia, November 16, 2019

Best written reviews for Clue: On Stage (High School Edition) performed at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Reviewed on November 16, 2019.
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Anything Goes, Justice High School, Falls Church, Virginia, November 15, 2019

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Dark of the Moon, Albert Einstein High School, Kensington, Maryland, November 9, 2019

Best Written reviews for Dark of the Moon performed at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Maryland. Reviewed on November 9, 2019.
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Men on Boats, Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia, November 8, 2019

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Our Town, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland, November 2, 2019

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