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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 “Puffs (Two Act Edition for Young Wizards)” performed by South County High School in Lorton, Virginia. Reviewed on November 20, 2021.

South County High School in Lorton, Virginia, presented “Puffs (Two Act Edition for Young Wizards)” to the Cappies Critics on November 20, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “The Mousetrap” performed by Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Reviewed on November 12, 2021.

Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia, presented, “The Mousetrap” to the Cappies Critics on November 12, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Into the Woods” performed by Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on November 13, 2021.

Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Into the Woods” to the Cappies Critics on November 13, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Puffs” performed by Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on November 12, 2021.

Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia, presented, “Puffs” to the Cappies Critics on November 12, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Puffs” performed by Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Maryland. Reviewed on November 6, 2021.

Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Maryland, presented, “Puffs” to the Cappies Critics on November 6, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “The Heidi Chronicles” performed by Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. Reviewed on November 6, 2021.

Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, presented, “The Heidi Chronicles” to the Cappies Critics on November 6, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Clue: On Stage” performed by Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Reviewed on November 6, 2021.

Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia, presented, “Clue: On Stage” to the Cappies Critics on November 6, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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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 in McLean, VA
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2021 Critic Nominees Announced!

The Cappies of the National Capital Area is proud to announce the 2021 Critic Nominations!
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Best written reviews for “The Many Talents of Mr. Woodrow Walters” performed by Lightridge High School in Aldie, Virginia. Reviewed on May 22, 2021.

Lightridge High School in Aldie, Virginia, presented, “The Many Talents of Mr. Woodrow Walters” to the Cappies Critics on May 22, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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