Winners Of 17th Cappies Honoring Students In The Theater And Criticism

Students performing the opening number “Another Op’ning Another Show” for the 17th annual Cappies Awards gala.

The crush of more than a thousand cheering students, their parents and friends overflowed the orchestra seating and the boxes of the Broward Center’s cavernous Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center May 14  as the 17th annual Cappies Awards recognized excellence in high school theater and theatrical criticism.

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, is comprised of 23 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties in a gala program of performances and  award presentations to student performers, designers, technicians and critics.

With nine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took home the most Cappies Awards including Best Play award for its production Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Best Musical went to South Plantation High School’s production of Once On This Island.

The gala began with an energetic opening number which parodied “Another Op’nin, Another Show” from Kiss Me Kate, performed by students from each of the nominated shows. Additional musical performances in this year’s gala included numbers from the six productions nominated for Best Musical and/or Best Song. Audiences also enjoyed scenes from the five Best Play nominees.

Among the notable winners:

—-Emiliana Quiceno, who played the 11th Juror in Archbishop McCarthy High School’s production of 12 Angry Jurors, won Best Comic Actress in a Play as the only nominee in her category.
—-Eva Daskos is a double winner, earning Best Costumes and Best Actress in a Play for role as Puck in the Sagemont School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

—–J.P. Taravella High School had sibling winners with Emma Sugarman winning Best Freshman Critic and her sister Nicole receiving the award for the Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her role as Nickie in Sweet Charity. In another family affair, Kimberly Sessions, daughter of J.P. Taravella High School theater director Lori Sessions, won Best Female Dancer for playing the title role in Sweet Charity

To see the full list of nominees, click here.


American Heritage School (Chicago)
Best Orchestra

Archbishop McCarthy High School  (12 Angry Jurors)
Best Comic Actress in a Play: Emiliana Quiceno

Calvary Christian Academy (The Miracle Worker)
Best Comic Actor in a Play: Luke DiLiddo
Best Props: Hannah Sherrod and Annie Sudler

Cardinal Gibbons High School (The Addams Family)
Best Lead Actress in a Musical: Madeline Diamond

Coral Glades High School (Eurydice)
Best Featured Actress in a Play: Julyette Vargas
Best Ensemble in a Play: The Stones
Best Hair and Make-up: Dailyn Robaina

Cypress Bay High School (Mamma Mia!)
Best Comic Actress in a Musical: Cristina Marine
Best Choreography: Valeria Jubes

JP Taravella High School (Sweet Charity)
Best Critics’ Team
Best Sophomore Critic: Leah Tomas
Best Freshman Critic: Emma Sugarman
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical: Nicole Sugarman
Best Female Dancer: Kimberly Sessions

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Best Senior Critic: Dylan Redshaw
Best Play
Best Lead Actor in a Play: Logan Weber
Best Supporting Actor in a Play: Alex Wind
Best Supporting Actress in a Play: Sawyer Garrity
Best Creativity (Music Composition): Andrea Pena
Best Sound: Jocelyn Krooks, Adam Alhanti, Ava DiGilio and Alyssa Marrero
Best Special Effects and/or Technology: Cameron Appel
Best Marketing and Publicity: Melanie Weber, Jared Block and Genevieve Martin

North Broward Preparatory School (Bring It On)
Best Junior Critic: Madeline Finkelman
Best Featured Actor in a Musical: Evan Laufman

NSU University School
Best Lead Actor in a Musical: Sebastian Rabassa
Best Male Vocalist: Jared Cohen
Best Male Dancer: Gabriel Feldenkrais
Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Nicolette Nunziato
Best Lighting: Tal Kochav
Best Stage Management and Stage Crew: Liberty Lapayowker, Jennifer Holz and Erin Miller

South Plantation High School (Once On This Island)
Best Musical
Best Song: “Mama Will Provide”
Best Female Vocalist: Kayla Smith
Best Ensemble in a Musical: The Gods
Best Sets: Chase Dietrich

The Sagemont School
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Best Lead Actress in a Play: Eva Daskos
Best Featured Actor in a Play: Aaron Cantu
Best Costumes: Eva Daskos

West Boca Raton High School (Hairspray)
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical: Alec Schwartz
Best Comic Actor in a Musical: Noah Fineman

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