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Orange County Cappies

is part of Cappies, Inc. headquartered in Washington D.C. and founded by William Strauss, Esq., a lawyer, author, and playwright. Cappies in Orange County began in 2003 with the support of the Orange County Department of Education, the Center for Excellence in Education and the OC Register.

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OC Steering Committee


The Critics and Awards Program strives to recognize the Orange County student writers, performers, and technical crews. High school theatre students who participate in the Cappies program are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, and write reviews. The top three reviews from each show are published online. 


At the end of the school year, the student critics vote to give awards to their fellow students for outstanding productions, group and individual performances, and achievements in technical categories. The critics vie for the Best Critic and Best Critic Team Award. Awards are presented at the annual Cappies Gala at the The National City Grove of Anaheim. 

The OCC Steering Committee is comprised of Orange County theatre teachers who volunteer their time to train critics, mentors, advisors and show directors. 

The Committee is responsible for the planning and organizing of the Cappie Nominees and Commendees Reception and the OC Gala held each spring to celebrate high school theatre.

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2022-2023 Important Dates
September 10 - Lead Critic Training @ Tesoro HS

September 24 - Critic, Advisor, Mentor Training
@ University HS

January 20 - Lead Critics Meeting
@ Corona del Mar HS

April 29 - Last Day for Shows

May 2nd  - Voting Day 

May 11 - Nominees and Commendees Reception @ Portola High 5pm

May 28  - Gala @ The Grove of Anaheim 6pm

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