Loudoun high schools claimed eight Cappie awards at this year's Kennedy Center ceremony.
Celebrating theater and journalism, the 20th Annual National Capitol Area Cappies Awards were held at the famed arts center in Washington on May 27.
This year, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, Loudoun Valley, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge, Tuscarora and Woodgrove received a total of 38 nominations, up from 34 last year.
This year's local winners included: Loudoun Valley High School for Marketing and Publicity of “Freaky Friday;" Freedom High School for Special Effects in “Singin' in the Rain;" Heritage High School's Orchestra in “Mamma Mia;" Heritage High School's Choreography in “Mamma Mia;" Heritage High School for Best Female Dancer, Lyndsay Snider, in “Mamma Mia;" Freedom High School for Best Male Dancer, Ethan Van Slyke, in “Singin' in the Rain;" Tuscarora High School for Best Comic Actor in a Play, Samuel Barthel; and Stone Bridge High School for Best Comic Actress in a Musical, Ainsley Steger.
During the awards, Heritage High School performed the “Mamma Mia Megamix” from “Mamma Mia!” and Rock Ridge performed “Change It” from “9 to 5” on the Kennedy Center stage.
The Washington, D.C. Area Cappies is a critics awards program for high school theater. This year about 400 student critics from nearly 60 member schools in the National Capitol Area Cappies chapter cast votes.
“It was an exciting night for LCPS. All nine participating schools from LCPS were nominated in at least one category. However, what was just as impressive were the performances by our students. They created wonderful 'theatre magic' on the stage of the Kennedy Center. It was a joy to watch and a night our students will never forget," said Jonathan Rogers, Loudoun County's performing arts specialist.
A complete list of nominees is available at cappies.com/nca/awards/2019.