Raucous cheering and clapping could be heard in the Kennedy Center while teen critics, cast, and crew members were honored at the 12th annual Cappies Gala Sunday night.
Students from 60 metropolitan area public and private schools showed up en masse, dressed to the nines, to celebrate high school theatre.
More than 350 high school critics voted for this year’s Cappie nominations and awards.
One of the winners was Taryss Mandt of Hayfield Secondary School, who won the Comic Actress in a Play Cappie for her role in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
“I was so excited,” said rising sophomore Julia Meadows, who won Featured Actress for her performance in James Madison High’s production of Dandelion Wine. “It’s such a wonderful way to end the year and start high school.”
Westfield High School students took home seven awards for their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
“It’s great. It was so much fun coming from last year winning Lead Actor in a Play to Lead Actor in a Musical,” said Westfield’s Kevin Clay. “It shows how great our education is, but I know we don’t need awards to show our love of acting.”
The Cappies program was established in 1999 by FCPS Theatre Arts resource teacher Judy Bowns and Capitol Steps director Bill Strauss. More than 6,000 students were involved in Cappies 2011, either as critics or cast and crew of reviewed shows. About 20,000 volunteer hours have gone into the program.
The following students are 2011 Cappies winners:
Rising Critic: Jamie Joeyen-Waldorf, Langley
Returning Critic: Joey Biagini, Westfield
Graduating Critic: Chris Papas, Oakton
Female Dancer: Allison Perhach, Heritage High School, Oklahoma!
Orchestra: Duke Ellington Orchestra
Male Dancer: Nikko Custodio, South County Secondary School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Make-up: Khulan Batmunkh, Sonya Dagata, Claire Seaton, Michelly Sorge, Washington-Lee High School, Frankenstein 1930
Featured Actress: Julia Meadows, James Madison High School, Dandelion Wine
Props and Effects: Samantha Darr and Karlyn Dunne, Stone Bridge, Lord of the Flies
Featured Actor: Michael Brown, Georgetown Prep, Of Mice and Men
Lighting: Coleman Quimby, Walt Whitman High School, Side Show
Stage Crew: Katie Nguyen, Katie Yoon, Josh Carey, South County Secondary School, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Female Vocalist: Abby Coryell, South Lakes High School, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Male Vocalist: Sam Waters, George Mason High School, Les Miserables
Sound: Kieran Claffey, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Sets: Lauren Phillips, Brad Vitale, Chloe Vasquez, Chantilly High School, Stage Door
Costumes: Carrie Nye, Katelyn Reimer, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Comic Actor in a Play: B.J. Odom, Annandale High School, The Mousetrap
Choreography: Colby Dezelick and Avery Hobbs, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Comic Actor in a Musical: Colby Dezelick, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Comic Actress in a Musical: Emily Adler, W.T. Woodson High School, Little Women, the Musical
Supporting Actress in a Play: Shanna Bess, Manassas Park High School, Acts of God
Supporting Actor in a Play: Peter Fanone, Georgetown Prep, Of Mice and Men
Supporting Actress in a Musical: Bridget Morrison, St. Albans and National Cathedral School, Hairspray
Supporting Actor in a Musical: Anthony Ingargiola, Centreville High School, Working
Creativity: Damian Leverett, Composer, McLean High School, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan
Ensemble in a Play: Lenny and George, Georgetown Prep, Of Mice and Men
Ensemble in a Musical: Brothers, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Lead Actress in a Musical: Anitra McKinney, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Dreamgirls
Lead Actor in a Musical: Kevin Clay, Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Lead Actor in a Play: Ty Sheedlo, Dominion High School, Harvey
Lead Actress in a Play: Virginia Tucker, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Our Town
Song: “Megamix” Westfield High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat