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Cappies Nominations Announced

Cappies award nominees, from left, Will Haltiwanger, H-B Woodlawn; Morgan Briggs, South Lakes; Patrick Barrett, McLean; Brittney Lewis, Fairfax; Meghan Bartnick, Seton School; and Jessica Malashevich, Walt Whitman.
Cappies award nominees, from left, Will Haltiwanger, H-B Woodlawn; Morgan Briggs, South Lakes; Patrick Barrett, McLean; Brittney Lewis, Fairfax; Meghan Bartnick, Seton School; and Jessica Malashevich, Walt Whitman. (By Michael Temchine For The Washington Post)

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

The 2005 Cappies award nominations, which were announced recently, honor high school student actors, dancers, singers, musicians, technical crews and backstage managers from throughout the Washington area.

The winners will be announced June 5 at a gala at the Kennedy Center. The name "Cappies" is derived from Critics and Awards Program. It was launched in 1999 after the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado to bring attention to the positive contributions and artistic achievements of teenagers.

The program was the brainchild of Bill Strauss of McLean, co-founder and director of the Capitol Steps political parody group, and is implemented with the assistance of Judy Bowns, a theater arts resource teacher in the Fairfax County school system.

Centered initially in Northern Virginia, the program since has expanded to the District and Maryland. This year, 50 high schools participated, down from 55 schools last year.

Each participating school designates one show each year as its Cappies production. Other students attend the show, write reviews and submit them for publication in The Washington Post and area newspapers. Critics vote on the Cappies nominees, as well as the eventual award recipients. Nominations and awards in 33 of the 37 categories were determined entirely by the votes of 278 Cappies critics, each of whom reviewed five or more shows. Listed below are categories with nominees from Montgomery County.

Details can be found at http://www.cappies.com/nca . Click on the "2005 Cappies Nominations" link.

Lead Actress in a Musical

Meghan Bartnick , Seton School, "Bye Bye Birdie"

Jessica Malashevich , Walt Whitman High School, "Les Miserables"

Sarah Smith , Hylton High School, "South Pacific"


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