The Cappies is a US IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
organization filing under EIN 31-1803517
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.
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.
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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After a great year, our 2019 nominees are now announced! Please see the 2019 Season Critic Awards page for the full list.
Please see the official 2019 Gala Information page for information on how to get tickets, who will be performing, etc.
We look forward to seeing you on May 27th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall when we announce the winners from each category and celebrate the past season of shows!
Photos from the 2019 NCA Cappies Gala are now available!
The Cappies of the National Capital Area is proud to announce the 2019 Cappies Award Recipients!
Best Written Reviews for West Side Story performed at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia....
Best Written Reviews for Mamma Mia! performed at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Review...
Best Written Reviews for Chicago performed at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia. Reviewe...
Best Written Reviews for Les Misérables School Edition performed at South County High School in Lort...
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