Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UHS to host Philadelphia area high school theater awards show - the CAPPIES

Sunday, May 15, 4:30 pm – Unionville High School
Student Actors, Dancers, Technicians and Musicians to Walk the Red Carpet
PHILADELPHIA, PA (APRIL 27, 2016) – Curtain up! Light the lights! The Greater Philadelphia Cappies announces the 2016 Cappies Awards Show to be held on May 15. Like the Tony Awards, The Greater Philadelphia Cappies honors excellence in high school theater at the Cappies Gala, the region’s preeminent event recognizing student accomplishments in theater.

Dr. John Sanville and Mr. Jeff Hellrung will be award presenters at the Gala.

UHS Awards Nominees

Special Effects and/or Technology: Courtney Smith, Dara Jin, Lauren Hughes, Hannah Bailey
Featured Actress: Madeline Pandos
Comic Actress: Clarisse Cofrancesco
Lead Actor: Alex Kallis

On May 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm, the Eleventh Annual Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will light up the stage at Unionville High School (750 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348). Thirty-four high schools in the Philadelphia region participate in the program. High school journalism students, known as Cappies critics, write reviews of the schools’ shows throughout the year and compete to have their reviews selected for publication in local newspapers, including Philly.com. The critics then vote for the award winners, which are entirely determined by student choices. The awards are presented in categories ranging from lighting, sound, set, and costume design, to comic actor, dancer, vocalist, and lead actor, to the coveted Play and Musical awards.

Since October, approximately 200 critics have written over 800 reviews that have been evaluated by teachers, and the best have been published in more than a dozen local newspapers and online.

The Cappies program was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and is now active in 13 cities across the U.S. and Canada. The Greater Philadelphia region is the second largest, with 34 schools performing classic musicals such as How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Oliver and The Music Man, contemporary hits such as Aida, The Little Mermaid and Seussical, and plays new and old such as Amadeus, Midsummer/Jersey and The Miser.

The Greater Philadelphia Cappies Gala will begin with a musical number performed by representatives from each of the schools in the program. Throughout the evening, 13 schools nominated for Song, Play, and Musical will perform selections from their shows. More than 225 nominated students will receive medallions, and 41 trophies will be presented to the Cappie winners. Superintendents, principals and board members from participating schools, as well as theater professionals and members of the press, will serve as special guest presenters.