Unionville High School was the host for the Cappies Gala awards. Thirty-Eight Greater Philadelphia Area high schools in their formal attire finest gathered to celebrate high school theatre.
Upper Merion High School lead the night by taking home four Cappies trophies, three of them Critic’s awards, Marissa Emerson taking home the Cappie award for Senior Critic, Trinity Pike the Junior Critic Cappie, and the Upper Merion team as a whole won the Cappie for Critic’s Team.
Conestoga High School became a back-to-back Cappie Musical recipient for their production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Consestoga claimed four Cappies trophies in the night, including Jack D’Emilio’s the Supporting Actor in a Musical Cappie. Last year, Conestoga won the musical award for their 2016 production of Guys and Dolls.
Episcopal Academy grabbed the Cappie Play trophy for their endearing production of Peter and the Starcatcher. MacKee Bond also took home the Comic Actress in a Play trophy from the same production.
Other notable results: PALCS Center for the Performing and Fine Arts received three Cappies for their production of Sweeney Todd, including Grace Slear receiving the Cappies Award for Lead Actress in a Musical and the Cappies for Ensemble in a Musical. The Philadelphia School for the Creative and Performing Arts grabbed the Cappies Song award for their gospel-infused “I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” from their stunning production of RENT: School Edition. The Baldwin School’s riveting production of Twelve Angry Jurors brought the school three Cappies awards including, Lead Actress (Sanjana Friedman), Supporting Actress (Ishana S.) and Play Ensemble.
The complete list of winners can be seen here.
Also, Tom Padula’s pre-show red carpet interviews can be seen here.