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A record 11 nominations for SV Theater

The Sun Valley Theater performers were honored with eleven Greater Philadelphia Cappies Award nominations that were announced on Monday, May 2 for their production of Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma: including Best Song and Best Musical.  

The Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism students to be expert writers, critical thinkers, and leaders. Student critics vie to be published in local media outlets by attending productions at other schools and writing critical reviews.  There are currently twelve regional Cappie organizations in the US and Canada, including greater Philadelphia.  Twenty-one high schools participate in the Greater Philadelphia Cappies. 

Sun Valley received the most nominations in their history, honoring the cast with nods for everything from technical acumen (sound), dancing, ensemble performances and individual acting and singing performances.  Schools from across the region, including public and private schools, will vie for honors at the annual Gala on Sunday, May 15th at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.  

Sun Valley is selected with Upper Merion Area High School, Archmere Academy, and Haverford High School for the Best Musical honor. 

The Sun Valley nominations are:

  1. Sound: Adrianna Campisi, Hailey Hoffman, and Hannah Wissinger
  2. Ensemble: Love Triangle (Kerra Johnson, Jose Martinez, and Kayden Maiorine)
  3. Featured Actress: Je'Myah Richardson
  4. Solo Dancer: Caitlin Riley
  5. Dance Ensemble: Oklahoma Dancers
  6. Male Vocalist: Seamus McGroary
  7. Comic Actor in a Musical: Kayden Maiorine
  8. Supporting Actress in a Musical: Kerra Johnson
  9. Supporting Actor in a Musical: Alec Cianci
  10. Song: Can't Say No
  11. Best Musical

More about the Cappies

Theatre and journalism students are trained as critics and attend each others shows. Cappies students discuss and learn about theatre production. Throughout the year, newspapers publish the reviews with the students' bylines. At the end of the year, Cappies student critics decide who among their peer performers and technicians should be recognized for awards at the end of the season at an annual gala that is similar to the professional Tony Awards.

Each participating school selects a show to be attended, and also forms a team of 3 to 9 student critics and 2 adult volunteers in the fall. Shows may have between 20 and 90 critics in attendance. Critic teams and mentors gather in a private discussion room to perform pre, mid, and post show discussions. The technical and performance aspects of the show are discussed with provided documentation from the host school.

After each show, with adult oversight, the mentors and program director select the best written reviews to be sent to local press outlets. All the reviews are also sent back to the performing school. At the end of the season, a Tonys-like celebration occurs, where all nominated shows perform a cutting or the critics' choice song, and the final Cappies awards are presented with a trophy by regional critics and peers.