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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 “9 to 5” performed by Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on April 29, 2022.

Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, presented, “9 to 5“ to the Cappies Critics on April 29, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Anastasia” performed by Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Reviewed on April 29, 2022.

Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia, presented, “Anastasia “ to the Cappies Critics on April 29, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Into the Woods” performed by Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on April 29, 2022.

Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia, presented, “Into the Woods“ to the Cappies Critics on April 29, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical” performed by Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on April 29, 2022.

Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical“ to the Cappies Critics on April 29, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Little Shop of Horrors” performed by Alexandria City High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on April 23, 2022.

Alexandria City High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Little Shop of Horrors“ to the Cappies Critics on April 23, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” performed by Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia. Reviewed on April 23, 2022.

Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia, presented, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella“ to the Cappies Critics on April 23, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Twelve Angry Jurors” performed by Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Reviewed on April 8, 2022.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, presented, “Twelve Angry Jurors“ to the Cappies Critics on April 8, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Anastasia” performed by Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on April 2, 2022.

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Anastasia“ to the Cappies Critics on April 2, 2202. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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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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