McLean and Langley High Schools Score Wins at 2022 Cappies Gala

MCLEAN, VA — McLean High School and Langley High School won awards at the 22nd Annual Cappies Gala, a program recognizing excellence in DC-area high school drama.

The Cappies Gala took place Monday night at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Cappies, a program that trains high school journalism students to write high school theater performance reviews, awarded prizes in 40 performance and technical categories. The awards are considered the DC-area high school theater Tony Awards.

The Cappies program trains student critics, who attend high school performances throughout the year. The best student reviews are published in local media. At the end of the season, student critics vote on the awards.

McLean High School won one of the top prizes, Best Game Category, for its production of “Airness High School Edition”. Other winners from McLean High School include Clare A’Hearn in the marketing and advertising category; Sabrina Beadie, Emery Graninger and Erin Sharpe in the hair and makeup category; and JT Fulkerson, Ethan Jones, Emma Springer and Matthias Zahniser-Renteria in the sound category.

Langley High School picked up wins in multiple categories for its production of “Freaky Friday.” Winners included Luca He, Lucas Kelly, Jane Sullivan and Conner Tone in the stage team category; and Conor Farah in the male singer category.

Here is a full list of winners:

  • McKenzie Phelan: Andy Mays Rising Critic category, Quince Orchard High School
  • Gwen Ihde: Maryland Theater Guide Returning Critic category, Oakton High School
  • Amelia Preble: Bill Strauss Critics Graduate, Robinson Secondary School
  • Clare A’Hearn: Marketing and Advertising category, “Airness High School Edition” at McLean High School
  • Leydi Cris Cobo Cordon, Ryan Lien, Mayuka Valluri, Aiden Zurcher: special effects and/or technology category, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical” at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • Sabrina Beadie, Emery Graninger, Erin Sharpe: hair and makeup category, “Airness High School Edition” at McLean High School
  • JT Fulkerson, Ethan Jones, Emma Springer, Matthias Zahniser-Renteria: Sound category, “Airness High School Edition” at McLean High School
  • KD Bectel, Lyra Jaffe, Kate Schneider, Tanween Syed: Accessories category, “Little Shop of Horrors” at Alexandria City High School
  • Katie Eagan, Chad Kassan, Haley Novotny: Lighting Category, “Head over Heels” at Robinson High School
  • Jessica Boalick, Andy Lawrence, Lora-Berkeley Macaranas, Ella Patterson: Costume Category, “Head over Heels” at Robinson High School
  • Talia Holzman: Sets category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • Karina Yakubisin: Choreography Category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • Leaf Drama Team: Creativity category, “Leaf” at Loudoun Valley High School
  • Dominique Monette: Stage Management Category, “Puffs (Two Act Edition for Young Wizards)” at South County High School
  • Luca He, Lucas Kelly, Jane Sullivan, Conner Tone: Stage crew category, “Freaky Friday” at Langley High School
  • The Jurors: Ensemble in a Play category, “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • Follies Girls: Together in a musical category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • Mary Ulses: Featured Actor in a Female Lead Category, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at James Madison High School
  • Cyrus Rivers: Featured Actor in a Male Lead Category, “Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical” at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • Karina Yakubisin: Dancer in the Female Role category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • August Rivers: Dancer in the Female Role category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • Jeanne Lubika: Singer Category, “Mamma Mia!” at Clarksburg High School
  • Conor Farah: Male Vocalist Category, “Freaky Friday” at Langley High School
  • Katie Rice: Comedic Actor in a Female Role in a Play Category, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]” at Meridian High School
  • Logan Baker: Comedic Actor in a Male Lead in a Play Category, “Puffs” at Fairfax High School
  • Ryan Lien: Comedic Actor in a Female Lead in a Musical Category, “Matilda The Musical by Roald Dahl” at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
  • Jonah Uffelman: Comedic Actor in a Male Lead in a Musical Category, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at James Madison High School
  • Emma Harris: Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Play Category, “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Herndon High School
  • Anna Rae Eppard: Supporting Actor in a Male Lead in a Play Category, “Puffs (Two Act Edition for Young Wizards)” at South County High School
  • Melanie Becker: Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Musical Category, “Anastasia” at Bishop Ireton High School
  • Sloane Helmick: Supporting Actor in a Male Lead in a Musical Category, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at Freedom High School
  • Liesl Winternitz: Lead Actor in the Female Role in a Play category, “The Heidi Chronicles” at Lake Braddock High School
  • Santiago Moriarty: Lead Actor in the Male Role in a Play category, “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Duke Ellington School of the Arts
  • Katie Phillips: Lead Actress in a Female Role in a Musical Category, “Mary Poppins” at Independence High School
  • Matthew Rubin: Lead Actor in a Male Role in a Musical Category, “Disney’s Newsies” at Quince Orchard High School
  • “I’ve Got Rhythm”: song category, “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School
  • Quince Orchard High School: Critics Team Category
  • “Airness High School Edition” at McLean High School: Play category
  • “Crazy for You” at South Lakes High School: Music Category

In addition to the awards presentation, the gala included performances from 11 schools nominated for Best Play and Musical. Performances included “Mary Poppins” from Independence High School, “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” from Herndon High School, “Freaky Friday” from Langley High School, “Airness High School Edition” from McLean High School, “Anastasia” from Bishop Ireton High School, “The Heidi Chronicles” from Lake Braddock Secondary School, “Crazy for You” from South Lakes High School, “Puffs” from Fairfax High School, “Disney’s Newsies” from Quince Orchard High School, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ( abbreviated) [Revised]by Meridian High School and “Head Over Heels” by Robinson Secondary School.

Cappies was founded by the late Bill Strauss, a McLean resident who also founded Capital Steps. The Cappies’ current principal is his wife, Jane Strauss, a former teacher and Fairfax County School Board representative for the Dranesville District. The 2022 Cappies program had 48 participating schools, 1,628 reviews written, 279 reviews posted, and 308 reviewers voting.

A recording of the Gala des Cappies should be available on Friday. For more information, visit www.cappies.com/nca.

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