Beginning Sunday, Cappies National Theater and the Fairfax Partnership for Youth will present three productions as part of a summer program for high school theater winners.

Twenty-two student actors from around the country will join 22 Washington area winners and nominees. Cappies stands for the Critics and Awards Program, which began in Fairfax County and has spread to other metropolitan areas.

Cappies recognizes high school stage talent at every level of production. During the school year, critics write reviews that are published in The Washington Post's Extras. A select group of actors is chosen for the summer program. This year's productions:

* "Starz!," a cabaret of songs and vignettes, will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday at Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr., Vienna, and at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

* "Playz!," a festival of one-act comedies, will be performed at 2 p.m. July 31 at Madison High School and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Kennedy Center.

* "Muzical!," the first production of "The Yellow Wood," in which a Korean American teenager with attention-deficit disorder finds his identity, will be performed at 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Madison High School and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Kennedy Center.

Proceeds will be shared by Cappies and the Partnership for Youth, a nonprofit organization that attempts to reduce violence and promote positive development among young people. For more information, call 703-324-5535 or visit www.fairfaxyouth.org/cappies.

-- DIANE MATTINGLY