High school actors, singers, dancers, technicians and critics from throughout the Washington area were honored with theater awards Sunday night at the fifth annual Cappies gala at the Kennedy Center.

Cappies, which stands for the Critics and Awards Program for high school theater, began in Northern Virginia five years ago and has spread nationwide. Cappies recognizes high school stage talent at every level of production, including the students who write the reviews published in the Extras on Thursdays.

Hundreds of students and their parents attended the awards program in the Concert Hall. This year, 55 high schools in Virginia, Maryland and the District participated in the National Capital Area Cappies program.

This year's winners:

Musical: "Les Miserables," St. Albans School and National Cathedral School.

Play: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Westfield High School.

Song: "Epilogue" from "Les Miserables," St. Albans School and National Cathedral School.

Lead Actor in a Play: DJ Cashmere, South Lakes High School, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Lead Actress in a Play: Keona Welch, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, "Amen Corner."

Lead Actor in a Musical: Marshall Nannes, Walt Whitman High School, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Lead Actress in a Musical: Sarah Villyard, Centreville High School, "Fame."

Featured Actor in a Play: Matthew Marcus, Hylton High School, "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Featured Actress in a Play: Michelle Johnson, South Lakes High School, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Featured Actor in a Musical: Jake Odmark, Bishop Ireton High School, "Godspell."

Featured Actress in a Musical: Rachel Greenspan, West Potomac High School, "Les Miserables."

Comic Actor in a Play: Branson Reese, Westfield High School, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

Comic Actress in a Play: Alex Valentin, Robert E. Lee High School, "The Rivals."

Comic Actor in a Musical: David Hankla, St. Albans School and National Cathedral School, "Les Miserables."

Comic Actress in a Musical: Audrey Bales, West Potomac High School, "Les Miserables."

Male Vocalist: Thomas Matthews, St. Albans School and National Cathedral School, "Les Miserables."

Female Vocalist: Emily Wilson, St. Albans School and National Cathedral School, "Les Miserables."

Male Dancer: Zachary Heller, Edison High School, "The Boyfriend."

Female Dancer: Colette Yori, Edison High School, "The Boyfriend."

Cameo Actor: Steve Hock, Madison High School, "Much Ado About Nothing."

Cameo Actress: Nora O'Reilly, Wakefield High School, "Runaways."

Ensemble in a Play: Company members of "Nothing On," McLean High School, "Noises Off."

Ensemble in a Musical: Apostles, Bishop Ireton High School, "Godspell."

Choreography: Zachary Heller, Edison High School, "The Boyfriend."

Orchestra: West Potomac Orchestra, West Potomac High School, "Les Miserables."

Sound: Steven Lederer, Flint Hill School, "Dearly Departed."

Lighting: Mike Mauren, Amy Radebaugh, Julian Karlen, Herndon High School, "Into the Woods."

Sets: Marley Monk, Greg Scali, Chantilly High School, "Don't Drink the Water."

Costumes: Liz Hebert, Robert E. Lee High School, "The Rivals."

Makeup: Kwame Head, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, "Amen Corner."

Props and Effects: Beth Goodell, Grace Royer, Fairfax High School, "Blithe Spirit."

Stage Crew: Uland Berry, Monique Purnell, Flight Crew, Mount Vernon High School, "Peter Pan."

At Sunday's Cappies gala at the Kennedy Center, students nominated for theater awards line up at the Concert Hall before the program begins. Colette Yori of Edison High School receives her Cappies award for top female dancer for her performance in the school's production of "The Boyfriend."