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YHS Theatre Arts & Orchestra Performs at the Kennedy Center

Les Misérables School Edition's "Master of the House" Featured at 2024 Cappies Gala





On the evening of Monday, June 10th, Yorktown High School Theatre Arts' cast, crew, and orchestra of Les Mis came together one last time to provide a show-stopping performance of "Master of the House" as part of the 2024 Cappies.


Held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which is the United States National Cultural Center, The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local media outlets by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews.


And the 2024 Cappies Award Winners Are...


  • Best Sound: TJ Schultz, Paisley York, and Natalie Piersall


  • Best Comic Actor in a Male Role in a Musical: Ryan Schimenti, Thenardier


  • Best Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Musical: Bella Houston, Eponine


This was Yorktown's first year participating in the Cappies, and we are so proud that Les Mis garnered so much recognition. Yorktown students performed with grace and pride, and we are proud of all the nominees and winners.


Congratulations, and thank you to Alani Kravitz, Jocelyn Mullins, and Joseph Witkowski for leading our students in their award-winning production. Special thanks to Colleen Wright and Suzanne Mund for coordinating our attendance at the gala. It was a truly unforgettable experience. Click here for more photos from the June 10, 2024 Yorktown performance at The Kennedy Center


How Do the Cappies Work?

Each participating school selects a show to attend and also forms a team of 3 to 9 student critics and 2 adult volunteers in the fall. Shows may have between 20 and 90 critics in attendance. Critic teams and mentors gather in a private discussion room to perform pre-, mid-, and post-show discussions. The technical and performance aspects of the show are discussed with documentation provided by the host school.


After each show, with adult oversight, the mentors and program director select the best-written reviews for local press outlets. All the reviews are also sent back to the performing school.


At the end of the season, a Tonys-like celebration occurs, where all nominated shows perform a cutting, or the critics' choice song, and regional critics and peers present the final Cappies awards with a trophy.


On behalf of Yorktown Theatre Arts Parents, we applaud our supporters—those who paid for Cappie theatre tickets to Les Mis—and everyone who attended the musical and contributed their time and talent.


Have a great summer, and we look forward to starting another fantastic year of theatre in the Fall!

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