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Young Thespians Shine at 2011 Cappies Gala

Teen thespians and crew members were honored at the Kennedy Center.

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 theater.

More than 350 high school critics voted for this year’s Cappie nominations and awards.

“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.”

Stone Bridge's production of Lord of the Flies took home the Cappie for Best Play. Westfield High School students took home nine awards for their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which also won best musical. Additionally, Westfield student Joey Biagini won the Cappie for Returning Critic. 

“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

barb cram June 13, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Congratulations to Sam Waters! He is amazing! I was surprised there were not more awards for Les Miserable! Makes me want to see the other productions, they must have really been spectacular, as I thought the GMHS Les Miserable was stupendous!
Angel Douglas June 14, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Falls Church High School was magnificent this year, and their scene from The Diviners rocked the Cappies Gala! You have set a new bar for those who follow! Congratulations to all the outstanding nominees--The Diviners was indeed divine!

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