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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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2019 Nominees Announced!

The Cappies of the National Capital Area is proud to announce the 2019 Nominations!
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA 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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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA Nominations for the 2018-2019 season are out! If you haven’t yet, check them out at the link in our bio! We’re so proud of all of our NCA Cappies schools this year!
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA GIG and BIT auditions are due on Thursday May 9! GIGs and BITs are the students who escort VIP presenters onto the Kennedy Center stage to present Cappies trophies to winners. They also serve many other roles onstage and backstage at The Kennedy Center and are an important part of the Cappies Gala. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this very special event!
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA Next weekend go check out this really cool Art Speaks event at Albert Einstein High School with some amazing Broadway actors! Admission is free!!
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA Happy Last Weekend of Cappies!! Here are all the amazing shows this weekend!
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA It is a privilege to pee at Lee High School! Go support your fellow actors and Cappie critics in their production of Urinetown, this weekend and next weekend
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCA This weekend’s shows: Friday April 5: “Once on this Island” at Potomac Senior High School at 7pm Saturday April 6: “The Wiz” at Clarksburg High School at 1pm. “Little Shop of Horrors” at Bishop O’Connell High School at 7pm “Freaky Friday” at Loudoun Valley High School at 7pm “Brigadoon” at St. Paul VI High School at 7pm
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New Instagram Post from National Capital Area Cappies!

New Instagram Post from CappiesNCAThis weekend’s show: “The Women” at Justice High School tonight at 7pm
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2018 On-Stage Gala Photos Now Available

With generous support from Fairfax County Public Schools, the 19th Annual Cappies NCA Gala on-stage photos are now available for viewing/download at https://fcps.widencollective.com/portals/xao5yhtk/FCPSPhotographyPortal/c/ae76d5c8-0e4a-4f8d-9959-8da880b851e8This link will remain live on our Gala Information page, with upcoming backstage / trophy photos provided by additional gala photographers, Sara Metcalf and Frank Boswell.
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