14th Cappies Honors Scores of Students In Theater & Criticism

cappiesThe Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies, recognizing outstanding achievement in high school theater at the 14th Annual Cappies Awards Gala were held Tuesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Cappie Award winners are determined by votes from the students through a weighted peer review voting process. Nominations are made by student critics from participating schools who attend productions at rival schools and write reviews, which are then edited by theater educators and published on FloridaTheaterOnStage.com.

In addition to the awards, $500 scholarships were given to each of the students who were recognized as Senior Critic, Lead Actor in Play, Lead Actress in a Play, Lead Actor in a Musical and Lead Actress in a Musical

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, celebrate outstanding achievement in high school theater as students from 26 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties vie for top honors.

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Cappies Awards program features songs and scenes from the top-nominated shows and recognizes the best in high school theater in 40 categories encompassing awards for performers, designers, technicians and critics.

Etai Benson and Randi Kleiner, the first ever recipients of the South Florida Cappies for Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical held in 2003, hosted the gala.

In addition, two Melinda Clarke spotlight scholarships were awarded to Taylor Barth and Carlo Feliciani, and one scholarship was given to Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center-Hagan Oliveras.

The winners are:

Freshman Critic, Aysha Zackria, NSU University School

Sophomore Critic, Erin Cary, NSU University School

Junior Critic, Maya Quinones, Deerfield Beach High School

Senior Critic, Nick Lopez, Cypress Bay High School

Critics’ Team, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Play, Falling, American Heritage School

Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Boca Raton High School

Marketing and Publicity, Kayla Goldfarb and Company, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Shrek

Special Effects and or Technology; Stewart, Ballarte and Piccin and crew, Boca Raton High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Hair and Make-up, Michaela Bajic, Kelly Blauschild, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Shrek

Sound, Rachael Banach, American Heritage School, Falling

Props, Emily Grossutti, American Heritage School, Falling

Lighting, Adams, Posner, Chapman and Guin, Boca Raton High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Costumes, Angelica Herrera, Jillian Moore, Adrian Machado, and Crew Cypress Bay High School, Cats

Sets, Brian Haimes, American Heritage School, Falling

Orchestra, DCA Jazz Orchestra, Dillard Center for the Arts, The Wiz

Choreography, Jordanne Cantrill, Cypress Bay High School, Cats

Creativity, Lee Alhanti, Directing, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Shrek

Stage Management and Stage Crew, Mathew Kanterman, Nick Morelli, Kayla Stricker, West Boca High School, Chicago

Ensemble in a Play, 3rd Act Residents of Springfield, Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Ensemble in a Musical, the Brothers, Boca Raton High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Featured Actress in a Play, Marisabel Correa, Archbishop McCarthy High School, The Crucible

Featured Actor in a Play, Kevin Cruz, JP Taravella HS, Hotel Paradiso

Featured Actress in a Musical, Jillian Moore, Cypress Bay High School, Cats

Featured Actor in a Musical, John Barnitt, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Shrek

Female Dancer, Jordanne Cantrill, Cypress Bay High School, Cats

Male Dancer, Samuel Cadieux, West Boca High School, Chicago

Female Vocalist, Michelle Langone, NSU University School, Spamalot

Male Vocalist, Ryan Lim, West Boca High School, Chicago

Comic Actress in a Play, Gianna Milici , Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Comic Actor in a Play, Ryan Swart, Pompano Beach High School, Lost in Yonkers

Comic Actress in a Musical, Bridget Foley, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Shrek

Comic Actor in a Musical, Avrumie Tornheim, NSU University School, Spamalot

Supporting Actress in a Play, Bella Miulescu, Archbishop McCarthy High School, The Crucible

Supporting Actor in a Play, Hagan Oliveras, JP Taravella HS, Hotel Paradiso

Supporting Actress in a Musical, Francesca Maurer, Cooper City High School, Legally Blonde

Supporting Actor in a Musical, Jesse Castellanos, South Plantation High School, Singin’ In The Rain

Lead Actress in a Play, Delaney Lovejoy, American Heritage School, Falling

Lead Actor in a Play, Diego de la Espriella, American Heritage School, Falling

Lead Actress in a Musical, Alexia Assuncao, West Boca High School, Chicago

Lead Actor in a Musical, Trevor Wayne, Boca Raton High School, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Song, You Won’t Succeed on Broadway, NSU University School, Spamalot

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