Congratulations to our 2017 - 2018 Cappies Award Nominees and Winner!
    - Noelle Hunter, Best Actress in a Play (as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker) * WINNER!
    - Saskia Hunter, Best Supporting Actress in a Play (as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker)
    - Karina Medina and Kevin Perez, Best Props (The Miracle Worker)
    Miracle Worker
    Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Cappies Award Nominees!
       - Kathryn Allen,  Best Female Vocalist in a Musical (as Cinderella in Cinderella)
       -  Eli Pafumi, Best Male Vocalist in a Musical (as Prince Topher in Cinderella)
      -  Emma Karren, Best Comic Actress in a Musical (as Gabriella in Cinderella)
     Cinderella & Topher
    Congratulations to our 2012-2013 Cappies Nominees!
    Joao Versos,  Best Male Vocalist in a Musical (as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors)
    Erik Dulik, Brendan Connery,  Props & Effects (for construction of the Puppet "Audrey" in Little Shop of Horrors)
    Congratulations to Sam Allen, 2012 graduate, who received the prestigious "Best Male Vocalist in a Musical" Award in June 2012 at the Kennedy Center Cappies Awards Gala for his performance as Pippin in the musical, Pippin!
     Sam  Sam Allen 2012
     Congratulations to Ty Sheedlo, 2011 graduate, who received the prestigious "Best Lead Actor in a Play" Cappie Award in June 2011 at the Kennedy Center Cappies Awards Gala for his performance as Elwood P. Dowd in our production of the classic comedy, Harvey.
    Ty Sheedlo, Cappies Gala, 2011
    DHS Theatre has received 12 Cappies Award nominations and 3 wins since entering the Cappies Awards Program in 2010.  Our first nominee was Sam Allen for "Best Male Vocalist" for his performance in our production of Grease. In 2013, our production of Little Shop of Horrors was nominated in the Props & Effects category for the construction of Audrey II, the plant. The team building the plant was led by Erik Dulik, Brendan Connor, Sam Sharp and Storm Martel.In 2016, we received 3 more nominations for Best Female Vocalist (Kathryn Allen), Best Male Vocalist (Eli Pafumi) and Best Comic Actress (Emma Karren).
    We'll be out there again, going for more nominations each year! 
    We are always grateful for parent volunteers who help us with productions each year, we couldn't do it without them.  Please sign up on our Sign Up Genius page (check Overview Page) if you would like to be involved.


    The Cappies, "Critics and Awards Program," is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers like The Washington Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many internet local news sites.

    At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala. In July and August, many of the top award honorees from around the U.S. and Canada are invited to participate in the Cappies International Theater, where they perform shows at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

    ·         In early fall, each school selects a Cappies Show, usually its big play or musical.

    ·         Students form critics teams, and teachers volunteer as mentors.

    ·         Critics are trained, often with help from local papers.

    ·         At each Cappies show night, parent boosters set up a Cappies Room, with decorations and refreshments

    ·         Two or three dozen student critics arrive to review the show and sit together.

    ·         Before the show, during intermission, and after the show, teacher-mentors lead critic discussions.

    ·         Critics go home and write 300 to 400 word reviews, on deadline, via the Cappies' web site.

    ·         In their reviews, the critics are encouraged to criticize, but not name the respoinsible individuals.

    ·         Teacher-mentors select which reviews should be published, usually five or six per show.

    ·         All reviews are sent to the school that put on the show.

    ·         Throughout the year, each critic reviews five shows, and each teacher-mentor volunteers twice.

    ·         In late spring, critics vote for Cappie awards.

    ·         Five Nominees are selected in each of 35 categories, along with four Commendees per school. (Each year, over 200 students receive honors of some kind.)

    ·         At the end of the year, the Cappie awards are presented by local V.I.P.s at a Cappies Gala.

    ·         Some Galas are held in a high school, others in the largest theater in the area.

                ·         At the Gala, students perform songs and sketches from nominated shows.
    The following are the different categories of the Cappies Awards:

    Female Critic*

    Male Critic*

    Grade Critic*

    Critics Team











    Props & Effects

    Stage Crew






    Creativity (Directing)

    (Play Writing)

    Creativitiy (Composing)

    (Lyric Writing)

    Creativity (Musicianship)





    Ensemble in a Play

    Ensemble in a Musical

    Cameo Actress

    Cameo Actor

    Female Dancer

    Male Dancer

    Female Vocalist

    Male Vocalist

    Comic Actress in a Play

    Comic Actor in a Play

    Comic Actress in a Musical

    Comic Actor in a Musical

    Featured Actress in a Play

    Featured Actor in a Play

    Featured Actress in a Musical

    Featured Actor in a Musical

    Lead Actres in a Play

    Lead Actor in a Play

    Lead Actress in a Musical

    Lead Actor in a Musical

    Other Special Awards**

    Best Song

    Best Play

    Best Musical




    ** For student directors, playwrights, composers, musicians, and other special awards.





Last Modified on October 8, 2018