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What is Cappies?

A beginners guide to understanding the high-school theater award show.

Amanda Swank, Editor-in-Chief

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If you know someone in Stagelighters, then you’ve probably heard of Cappies. But what exactly is it? Cappies is a student-organized award show hosted in 13 areas around the country, with South Carroll participating in the Baltimore sect.

How does it work?

According to the Cappies website:

“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.”

How did last year’s Cappies go for South Carroll?

Stagelighter’s production of the musical Jekyll and Hyde went particularly well. South Carroll Stagelighters received nominations for:

  • Best Musical
  • Best Song- The Confrontation
  • Best Featured Actress in a Musical- Katie Grimes
  • Best Featured Actor in a Musical- Jack Dillon
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical- Jacob Miller
  • Best Lead Actress in a Musical- Grace Lawell
  • Best Lead Actor in a Musical- Jack Merson
  • Best Lights
  • Best Sets
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Stage Management
  • Best Ensemble in a Musical- Board of Governors
  • Best Critic Team
  • Best Senior Critic
  • Best Marketing and Publicity
  • Best Sound
  • Best Props
  • Best Hair and Makeup

Stagelighters ended up winning the following awards:

  • Best Hair and Makeup
  • Best Sound
  • Best Sets
  • Best Orchestra
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Musical- Jacob Miller
  • Best Lead Actress in a Musical- Grace Lawell
  • Best Lead Actor in a Musical- Jack Merson
  • Best Song- The Confrontation
  • Best Musical

What is play is Stagelighter’s doing for this year’s Cappies?

The fall production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is our selected play for the 2019 Cappies. Opening night is on November 8th at seven pm. For more information about the play, upcoming shows, or Stagelighters itself, please visit their website at:

http://www.scstagelighters.org/

For more information about Cappies, please visit their website at:

https://www.cappies.com/

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What is Cappies?