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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.

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Best written reviews for “Newsies” performed by Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Reviewed on April 2, 2022.

Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, presented, “Newsies“ to the Cappies Critics on April 2, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]” performed by Meridian High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Reviewed on April 1, 2022.

Meridian High School in Falls Church, Virginia, presented, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised] “ to the Cappies Critics on April 1, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Once on This Island ” performed by Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia. Reviewed on April 1, 2022.

Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia, presented, “Once on This Island“ to the Cappies Critics on April 1, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Mamma Mia!” performed by Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Maryland. Reviewed on March 26, 2022.

Clarksburg High School in Clarksburg, Maryland, presented, “Mamma Mia!“ to the Cappies Critics on March 26, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” performed by St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on March 11, 2022.

St. Stephens and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella “ to the Cappies Critics on March 11, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” performed by Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia. Reviewed on February 26, 2022.

Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia, presented, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast“ to the Cappies Critics on February 26, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Les Misérables” performed by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Reviewed on February 26, 2022.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland presented, “Les Misérables“ to the Cappies Critics on February 26, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” performed by H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. Reviewed on February 18, 2022.

H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia, presented, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear“ to the Cappies Critics on February 18, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” performed by Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on February 12, 2022.

Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play“ to the Cappies Critics on February 12, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Airness High School Edition ” performed by McLean High School in McLean, Virginia. Reviewed on January 29, 2022.

McLean High School in McLean, Virginia, presented, “Airness High School Edition“ to the Cappies Critics on January 29, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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