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May 12, 2014

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MRH High School Nominated for Theatre Awards

The Critics and Awards Program (Cappies), is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers. Some of the newspapers include The Washington Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala. This year, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School has 15 nominations and it is also the third year in a row that they have been nominated for “Best Play of the Year.”

In early fall, each school selects a Cappies Show, usually a well-known play or musical. Students form critics teams, and teachers volunteer as mentors. Critics are trained, often with help from local papers. Before the show, during intermission, and after the show, teacher-mentors lead critic discussions. Critics go home and write reviews, with a deadline, and they are uploaded via the Cappies website. All the reviews are sent to the school that put on the show and in late spring, critics vote for the Cappie awards. Five nominees are selected in each of the 35 categories and each year over 200 students receive theatrical honors of some kind. At the gala, students perform songs and sketches from nominated shows.

Below are the MRH nominees for 2013-2014 Cappies Awards

Lighting
Jade Stemmler, Of Mice and Men

Sets
Malcolm Gill, James Owens, Brandon Simmons, Of Mice and Men

Props
Anna Wermuth, Of Mice and Men 

Stage Crew
Nat Clemons, Ray Knight, Anna Wermuth, Of Mice and Men
Grant Cyr, Michael Langston, Kenny Poklis, You Can’t Take it With You

Featured Actress in a Play
Gabbie Kirkland, You Can’t Take it With You

Featured Actor in a Play
Brandon Moseley, Of Mice and Men

Comic Actress in a Play
Natalee Clemons, You Can’t Take it With You

Comic Actor in a Play
Mitchell Matthews, You Can’t Take it With You

Supporting Actress in a Play
Monica Johnson, You Can’t Take it With You
Natalie Mitten, Of Mice and Men

Supporting Actor in a Play
Bryant Rohlfing, Of Mice and Men

Lead Actor in a Play
Brandon Moseley, You Can’t Take it With You
Ben Speed, Of Mice and Men

Play
You Can’t Take it With You

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.