Blue Ridge Cappies Celebrate Inaugural Gala

The Blue Ridge Cappies celebrated their inaugural gala and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. This new Cappies chapter, created at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, supports theater programs in Loudoun County high schools and will eventually include high school theater programs in other counties.   

Called the Tony Awards for high school theater, the Cappies awards ceremony addresses every aspect of high school performing arts programs from acting, directing, design, set construction and more – with students reviewing the productions. 

Jonathan Rogers, Performing Arts Specialist, explained that each participating school sends a group of five to seven students to theater productions at other schools. At the end of the school year, the students cast their votes for the various categories, with parent volunteers and teachers overseeing the process.

Rogers, who saw the majority of the LCPS shows nominated, said, “I feel like the talent that is on display at Loudoun County Public Schools in our theater performances, and the direction provided by the staff members is not only some of the best in the state but the best in the country.” 

Rogers added that after the cancelation of theater performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "It’s a joy to be back in the theater, to hear the applause and to see the incredible performances.” 

In total, 42 awards were given out, with the best play award going to Tuscarora’s production of “The Lord of the Flies” and the best musical award to Rock Ridge’s production of “Big Fish.”

Published June 2, 2023