The 16th Annual Cappies Gala Recap

The 16th Annual Cappies Gala, LIVE AND IN-PERSON for the first time in three years, was held at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.  Cappies Critics, performers and presenters came out in their finest to celebrate high school theatre and the coveted Cappies Awards for the 2021-2022 season were announced.  Twenty-one schools participated this season, and the night was filled with drama, cheers, performances, and touching and poignant acceptance speeches.

The most crucial part of the Cappies program is the student critics.  Each school chooses three to six students who travel to schools across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to watch shows, write reviews, and nominate performers and crews for Cappies nomination consideration.  The top reviews are posted here on this blog.  This year, Jack McCullough (Harriton High School – 9th/10th grade), Arielle Oslon (Upper Merion Area High School – 11th grade), and Aiden Kaliner (Harriton High School – 12th grade) received the top critics honors for their grade level.  McCullough, Kaliner, and fellow nominee Nel Blinman, spear-headed Harriton High School as their school also took home the Cappies Award for Critics Team!

For performances categories, the biggest show of the night was the Big Fish!  Upper Merion Area High School’s touching and powerful musical took home seven Cappies awards including Stage Crew, Lead Actor in a Musical (Daniel Isajiw) and the coveted Cappies Award for Musical among their haul.  Archmere Academy, with their production of the classic comedy Once Upon a Mattress tied for second with four Cappies awards, including Lead Actress in a Musical (Serena Martin), and Sun Valley High School’s classic musical Oklahoma also took home four Cappies awards including sweeping the dance categories and Male Vocalist (Seamus McGroary).   The Hill School’s original musical, Love, Dot, won the Cappies for Song in a Musical with their haunting and captivating rendition of “Every Step You Take”.

For the Play categories, Conestoga High School’s powerful production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, took home four Cappies awards including the Cappies Award for Play Production, Lead Actor in a Play (Jared Bundens) and both the Lighting and Sound awards.  Episcopal Academy took home four Cappies awards for their production of Radium Girls, including Lead Actress in a Play (Katie Locke).  This was Locke’s second Cappies award for Actress in a Play, winning two years ago for her performance in Walk Two Moons

The complete list of nominees and winners can be found here.

2021 – 2022 Cappies Nominations and Winners

Thank you for a memorable, interesting, fun year of theatre.  We are looking forward to celebrating another year of high school theatre in the fall!

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