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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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Best written reviews for “Whodunnit” performed by Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia. Reviewed on March 26, 2021.

Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia, presented, “Whodunnit” to the Cappies Critics on March 26, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Alice’s Looking-Glass Adventures Chapter 3” performed by Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Reviewed on March 20, 2021.

Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia, presented, “Alice’s Looking-Glass Adventures Chapter 3” to the Cappies Critics on March 20, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Long Division” performed by Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. Reviewed on March 19, 2021.

Langley High School in McLean, Virginia, presented, "Long Division” to the Cappies Critics on March 19, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “That Sinking Feeling: The Case of the Invisible Body” performed by Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Reviewed on March 13, 2021.

Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia, presented, “That Sinking Feeling: The Case of the Invisible Body” to the Cappies Critics on March 13, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Lucy in the Sky Alone” performed by Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia. Reviewed on March 13, 2021.

Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, presented, "Lucy in the Sky Alone" to the Cappies Critics on March 13, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “Dear Diary… 💛, P Schuy” performed by Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on March 12, 2021.

Robinson Secondary School of Fairfax, Virginia, presented, " Dear Diary… 💛, P Schuy” to the Cappies Critics on March 12, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for "Life Finds a Way" performed at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. Reviewed on February 26, 2021.

Robinson Secondary School presented, "Life Finds a Way" to the Cappies Critics on February 26, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for “That Sinking Feeling: The Misfortunate Few” performed at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Reviewed on February 20, 2021.

Broad Run High School presented, "That Sinking Feeling: The Misfortunate Few" to the Cappies Critics on February 20, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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Best written reviews for "Hey, Stranger" performed at Langley High School in McLean, Virginia. Reviewed on February 19, 2021.

Langley High School presented, "Hey, Stranger" to the Cappies Critics on February 19, 2021. Here are the top two Cappies Critic reviews.
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