The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theatre and journalism students and teenage playwrights. There are currently 17 Cappies programs in the U.S. and Canada, ranging in size from five to fifty-five participating high schools. Within each program, every participating high school selects three to nine students for a critic team. After receiving intensive training in theatre criticism and review writing, they attend plays and musicals at other high schools in their area. They write reviews (of roughly 400 words) on deadline. Volunteer teacher-mentors lead discussions and select the critic-written reviews that are later published by area newspapers, with student bylines. The programs operate in and around Baltimore, Maryland ; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Houston & El Paso, Texas; Ft. Lauderdale – Palm Beach & Orlando, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Melbourne, Florida; Northern New Jersey; Orange County, California; Philadelphia, PA; St. Louis & Springfield, Missouri: Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, DC; Edmonton & Ottawa Canada.
El Paso's Coronado chapter is mentored by Mrs. Anderson who picks her lead critic each year to help lead the team as the go to different shows all over El Paso's high schools to watch plays.
To get in...
At the end of the season there's a gala where awards are given out. There's dinner and a dance also. The kids love it and get all dressed up. Pictures of this year will be posted soon.
The current cappies are:
*Becca Ed- lead critic
Best Female Singer, Beggar's Opera, 2013- Becca Ed
Best Costumes, Beggar's Opera, 2013- Kate McDonald, Evelyn
Choreography, Beggar's Opera, 2013- Giovanni Caldaron