Cappies Team 2018-2019
Faculty Mentor: Danielle Serio
Director Mentor: Cambria Beilstein
Lead: Cameron Newman
Alternate: Harper O’Loughlin
What are the Cappies Critics?
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.
What do Cappies do?
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.
SJHHS Won 4 Cappies this Year!
Noah Salviati and Caitlin Armstrong won for Costume Design in The Love of Three Oranges
Brent Ariciniega won for Publicity and Marketing in The Love of Three Oranges
Claire Sandefur won for Hair and Makeup Design in The Love of Three Oranges
Jacqueline Brooks and Sierra Young won for Set Design in Les Miserables