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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Congratulations to one of our 2019 Best Musical nominees, Heritage High School for their production of Mamma Mia! Congratulations to Heritage High School on your 8 nominations and we can’t wait to see you perform at the gala next weekend!
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2018 Cappies nominations announced. https://www.cappies.com/nca/awards/2018
Best Written Reviews for Mary Poppins performed at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. ...
Best Written Reviews for Billy Elliot performed at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia....
Best Written Reviews for Disney’s The Little Mermaid performed at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Fall...
Best Written Reviews for The Bluest Eye performed by Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington...
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