Ottawa Citizen



The Cappies would not be possible without the many people who have worked very hard all year to support this endeavour, or without the collaborat­ion of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The members of the Cappies steering committee,

Dale Taylor, Barrie Hammond, Toula Makris, Barry Bickerton Susan Wilson

and of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board,

Shelley Smith-Dale, Tom Conklin Joanne

and Gosselin

of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, retired teachers and

Susan Cole John McGovern, Derek

Citizen editors Shelly Peter Simpson

and and reporter Joanne Laucius Elaine File

along with of Your Credit Union, have all given considerab­le time to the Cappies, attending shows, helping organize training and voting days and putting countless hours into the preparatio­n of the Cappies Gala. All were tireless volunteers and advocates for students and teachers. The Cappies Gala would not be possible without the continued support of the

National Arts Centre Michel

and their Gala producer, Dozois, Amanda

and stage manager Baumgarten,

or without the contributi­ons of director and musical di-

Jim McNabb rector and the

Gary Morton Stevens & Kennedy Band.

Two drama teachers, Matt Minter

of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sarah Rashotte

of St. Joseph, also stepped forward to volunteer as assistant directors. All Cappies shows were captured by Citizen photograph­ers, in particular by who took the pho-

Jana Chytilova, tographs of all critics and nominees — a massive undertakin­g. The Citizen’s

Scott Parker

also captured many of the shows on video. At the end of the year, the Cappies program recognizes the efforts of cast and crew members. But it is important to remember that the Cappies is a uniquely student-driven program, fuelled by the writing and voting of student critics. When Cappies seats were released to the students, all of them disappeare­d in about half an hour — snapped up by critics eager to see more than the four shows they needed to stay on their school’s team and vote. Some students saw 10 or more shows and one critic saw 24. Many critics travelled long distances on public transit, car-pooled or nagged parents to take them to shows they desperatel­y wanted to see. Discussion­s at Cappies shows were supervised by teacher volunteers and conversati­on was always lively, with students debating everything from the timing of sound cues to the quality of a dance sequence to the power of a monologue. They didn’t always agree but they undoubtedl­y left the discussion­s with a greater appreciati­on of theatre and anticipati­on about writing their reviews and seeing them published. Cappies co-founder Bill Strauss said that high school theatre gives young people a chance to tell their story in their own songs, in their own plays. Through the Cappies, they are also able to articulate this experience, and what it means to them, in their own words.

Associate editor, program director

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