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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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10Jun

2021 Gala Watch Party Is Moving to Langley High School

Due to continuing changes with COVID rules, impending inclement weather, feisty cicadas, and end-of-year events, we have decided to move our June 13th Gala watch party from an outdoors event in Tysons to an indoor event at Langley High School - located at 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101.

Doors will open at 7 pm, and the show will start promptly at 7:30 pm. No tickets or reservations are necessary. This indoor watch party will be free of charge with a suggested donation of $10. Those who have already purchased tickets for our outdoor event may choose to have their money refunded or use it as their donation. Please check your email for instructions on how to indicate your decision.

Critic nominees have been announced at https://www.cappies.com/nca/awards/2021; winners will be announced during our June 13th event. Those nominated for an award this season may pick up their medallions during this event. Winners may also pick up their trophies once announced. Arrangements will be made later in the summer for those who can’t come in person.

While there won’t be an outdoor jumbotron, there will be fellow Cappies to sit with while you watch yourselves and fellow critics, performers, Cappies alumni, theatre teachers, shows, Broadway stars, and educational leaders in virtual performances during our 2021 Cappies NCA Gala.

Please join us where Cappies members will be joining you in the Langley High School auditorium to watch virtual performances and special appearances. We hope you and your theatre friends will join us at Langley High School this Sunday evening, June 13th.

See you there!

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