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2007 Cappies Gala

By • May 29th, 2007 • Category: Cappies

South County and Chantilly High Schools won top honors at the eighth annual Cappies Gala, before a sellout crowd of 2400 on Sunday, May 27, 2007, at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

South County’s Thoroughly Modern Millie won the Cappie for Musical. Millie won four Cappies overall-the most for any school this year-including Molly Dickerson for Lead Actress in a Musical. South County is Fairfax County’s newest high school, and this is the first year the school has had a senior class.

Chantilly’s The Man Who Came to Dinner won the Cappie for Play, an award Chantilly previously won in 2001. Chantilly’s show won three Cappies.

Winston Churchill won three Cappies for Singin’ in the Rain. The Churchill Orchestra won the Cappie for Orchestra for the third consecutive year.

Five high schools (Centreville, McLean, TC Williams, Westfield, and West Springfield) won two Cappies each. HomeSchool ITS, an association of home school students, won two Cappies in the Critic categories, including the award for Critics Team.

Nate Rossini of Centreville’s Jekyll & Hyde won the Cappie as Lead Actor in a Musical, and his solo song, “Confrontation,” in which he played both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, won the Cappie in the Song category.

Duke Ellington’s Amanda Fernandez won for Lead Actress in a Play, for The Glass Menagerie, and Lake Braddock’s Cameron Doucette won for Lead Actor in a Play, for Hamlet.

Thirty-seven “Cappie” awards were presented. Fifty-five high schools from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia participated in this year’s program. Twenty-four schools won at least one Cappie award.

All “Cappie” awards, except those in the critics’ categories, were based on votes of 302 student critics, each of whom reviewed five or more shows. The four Critic awards were based on the number of reviews submitted, and the number selected for publication.

During the gala, a special song was performed in honor of two Cappies alumni who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech tragedy. Reema Samaha (Westfield ’06) and Mary Karen Read (Annandale ’06) were honored in a special adaptation of “Sunrise Sunset,” from Fiddler on the Roof, in which Reema was a featured dancer-the show that won the Cappie for best musical of 2005. Mary played clarinet in the pit band for Annandale’s Cappies shows. The song was performed by three of Reema’s classmates from Westfield.

The gala also included a song (“C’s and D’s Are Very Good for You”) from the Cappies’ new student-written musical, Senioritis, that will be performed in August at the Kennedy Center.

The three-hour Gala will be broadcast in its entirety, in late June and July, by WETA and Cox Cable Channel 21.

2007 Cappies Winners

  • Rising Critic (9th/10th grades): Chelsea Cook, HomeSchool ITS
  • Returning Critic (11th grade): Jose Pineda, Manassas Park
  • Graduating Critic (12th Grade): Cristina Wood, TC Williams
  • Critics Team: HomeSchool ITS
  • Sound: Matt Culbertson, Eli Mangold, Wootton, Children of Eden
  • Lighting: Alex Merrill, Westfield, Macbeth
  • Sets: Laura Kim, Ben Pardo, Wes Vitale, Chantilly, The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Costumes: Elizabeth Ensminger, Samantha Franklin, Stephanie Fry, Mariah Kalil, South County, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Make-Up: Katy Summerlin, Robinson, Radium Girls
  • Props & Effects: Clara Candalor, Raymond Curry, Jessica Seeley, Bishop Ireton, Pippin
  • Stage Crew: Margaret Heine, Helen McCarthy, Ian Mahoney, Beca Pell, West Springfield, Annie
  • Orchestra: Churchill Orchestra, Winston Churchill, Singin’ in the Rain
  • Choreography: Maria Breeskin, Alex Skaltsounis, James Madison, No, No, Nanette
  • Creativity: Nora Ives, Eric Swartz, co-directors, Washington International, The House of Blue Leaves
  • Ensemble in a Play: Three Weird Sisters, Westfield, Macbeth
  • Ensemble in a Musical: Barbershop Quartet, CD Hylton, The Music Man
  • Cameo Actress: Chloe Richard, Winston Churchill, Singin’ in the Rain
  • Cameo Actor: Sam Klein, Winston Churchill, Singin’ in the Rain
  • Female Dancer: Kate Kirschner, Thomas Jefferson, On the Town
  • Male Dancer: David Vick, TC Williams, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Female Vocalist: Julie Frost, West Springfield, Annie
  • Male Vocalist: Tim Rogan, St. Andrew’s, Carousel
  • Comic Actress in a Play: Malka Roth, McLean, The House of Blue Leaves
  • Comic Actor in a Play: Jake Ashey, Chantilly, The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Comic Actress in a Musical: Caitlin O’Neill, JEB Stuart, South Pacific
  • Comic Actor in a Musical: Ray Yankey, South County, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Featured Actress in a Play: Gen Blau, McLean, The House of Blue Leaves
  • Featured Actor in a Play: John Houston, Yorktown, Animal Farm
  • Featured Actress in a Musical: Candace Scholz, West Potomac, 42nd Street
  • Featured Actor in a Musical: Jamil Garner, Wakefield High, Dreamgirls
  • Lead Actress in a Play: Amanda Fernandez, Duke Ellington, The Glass Menagerie
  • Lead Actor in a Play: Cameron Doucette, Lake Braddock, Hamlet
  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Molly Dickerson, South County, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Nate Rossini, Centreville, Jekyll & Hyde
  • Song: “Confrontation,” Centreville, Jekyll & Hyde
  • Play: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Chantilly
  • Musical: Thoroughly Modern Millie, South County

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