Many of us started our journey into theater as high school students. There was just something about the stage that beckoned us. And that continues for today’s high school students. For 20 years, students who participate in theater programs in the DMV have been recognized by The Cappies, a local award honoring theater work by high school students.
If you are not familiar with The Cappies, think Broadway’s Tony Awards or theatreWashington’s Helen Hayes. In 1999, Capitol Steps founder Bill Strauss began The Cappies in response to the Columbine tragedy, as an effort to bring more positive attention to teenagers engaged in creative pursuits.
This year, students from about 60 public and private high schools in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, Fauquier, and Montgomery counties as well as the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Washington, DC participated in the Cappies as actors, crew, or critics.
The annual year-end celebration of student theater in the DMV was held at The Kennedy Center on Monday evening, May 27, 2019.
This is one important way to provide recognition for the hard work of these students. Let us applaud each and every one of them.
For more information about The 2019 Cappie awards and a complete list of nominees and recipients, go online.