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Orange County Cappies



The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theater and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in the Orange County Register by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews. 

At each show, critics privately discuss the successes and shortcomings of the production under the direction of adult mentors. On deadline, they write reviews for the shows they saw and the top reviews are published by the Orange County Register. All reviews written are sent to the performing school for the performers and technicians to read. At the end of the year, those same critics vote on the shows they saw and awards are given in performance and technical categories in a Tony’s-style gala.


For more information or to sign up your school go to OC Cappies!

The Cappies promotes:

  • Descriptive, analytical, and critical writing skills
  • Listening, discussion and communication skills
  • Problem-solving and time-management skills
  • Leadership development
  • Confidence
  • Self-direction and self-initiative
  • Awareness of the community
  • Expanded knowledge of theatre concepts
  • Exposure to a wide array of plays and musicals
  • Collaboration and cooperation between students, educators, parents, and professionals
  • Growing audiences and appreciation for high school theatre programs
  • Developing habitual theatre attendance and support
  • Recognition for excellence in writing, performance, design, and technical disciplines

The Orange County Cappies is supported by the Center for Excellence in Education, a 501c3 foundation.