Theater Students Take Home Awards after the 16th Annual Cappies Award Ceremony
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE – High school theater students from 15 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties were winners at the 16th Annual Cappies Awards Gala held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

University School of NSU received the most awards with nine for Tuck Everlasting, making it the most honored musical. With four Cappies wins, Calvary Christian Academy’s production of The Matchmaker was the most honored play.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Kali Clougherty and University School of NSU student Paul Levine received the Melinda Clarke Spotlight scholarships which funds $750 for college or future theatrical training.  The honorees were awarded the scholarships based upon their applications detailing their goals in pursuit of future education along with a biographical essay describing their experiences in the program.

In addition, the students who were recognized as Senior Critic, Lead Actor in a Play, Lead Actress in a Play, Lead Actor in a Musical, Lead Actress in a Musical and Stage Management and Crew each received a $500 scholarship. 

Cappies award winners are determined by votes from the students through a weighted peer review voting process.  Nominations are made by student critics from participating schools that attend productions at rival schools and write reviews, which are then edited by theater educators and published on 

The awards ceremony was presented with support from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which has hosted the event since the South Florida chapter of the Critics and Awards Program (Cappies for short) was founded in 2002 as a part of the national non-profit organization honoring high school theater programs.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  

The Broward Center 2018-2019 season is presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, JetBlue, MasterCard, Paramount Refreshment Solutions and Sun Sentinel are proud sponsors of the Broward Center


About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts:  One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive JetBlue Flight Deck on the Club Level, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 130,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


American Heritage School – 3

Archbishop McCarthy High School – 1

Boca Raton Community High School – 6

Calvary Christian Academy – 4

Cypress Bay High School – 5

Deerfield Beach High School – 1

Dillard Center for the Arts – 1

JP Taravella High School – 1

North Broward Preparatory – 3

St. Thomas Aquinas – 1

The Sagemont School – 3

South Plantation High School – 2

Stoneman Douglas High School – 2

University School of NSU – 9

West Boca High School – 1


American Heritage School The Importance of Being Earnest

Play: The Importance of Being Earnest

Supporting Actress in a Play: Fiona Baquerizo

Comic Actor in a Play: Wesley Mahon

Archbishop McCarthy High School The Farnsworth Invention

Lead Actor in a Play: Pablo Uribasterra 

Boca Raton High School Sweet Charity

Musical: Sweet Charity

Lead Actress in a Musical: Samantha O'Donnell

Female Dancer: Neala Gordon

Ensemble in a Musical: Dance Hall Girls

Costumes: Alyssa Diaz, Claire Jackson and Crew

Special Effects and or Technology: Alina Figuerras, Samantha Perez and Liana Progiar 

Calvary Christian Academy The Matchmaker

Lead Actress in a Play: Anna Hopson

Featured Actress in a Play: Zoey Boyette

Sets: Samuel Hernandez and Arianna Weber

Props: Nicole Wroth and Kinsey Nguyen 

Cypress Bay High SchoolRENT

Lead Actor in a Musical: Leandro Biarrieta

Supporting Actor in a Musical: Jason Rosenberg

Supporting Actress in a Musical: Yasemin Atesnak

Male Vocalist: Gianni Palermo

Female Vocalist: Daniela Machado 

Deerfield Beach High SchoolBoeing Boeing

Comic Actress in a Play: Ananda Espinal 

Dillard Center for the Arts Macbeth

Creativity: Danilo Mina - Composition of Music 

JP Taravella High School Picnic

Sophomore Critic: Nicole Sugarman 

North Broward Preparatory School 9 to 5

Sophomore Critic: Dylan Jost

Comic Actor in a Musical: Samuel Kelly-Cohen

Comic Actress in a Musical: Quinn DeVita 

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Circus Olympus

Sound: Brian Sayre 

The Sagemont School Something Wicked This Way Comes

Senior Critic: Andres Hernandez

Freshman Critic: Eva Daskos

Supporting Actor in a Play: Andres Hernandez 

South Plantation High School It Can't Happen Here

Featured Actor in a Play: Curtis Dodgen

Ensemble in a Play: Interpreters 

Stoneman Douglas High School Fiddler on the Roof

Critics’ Team: Alex Wind, Lead Critic

Junior Critic: Alex Wind 

University School of NSU Tuck Everlasting

Song: “The Story of Winnie Foster”

Featured Actor in a Musical: Paul Levine

Featured Actress in a Musical: Julia Musso

Male Dancer: Gabriel Feldenkrais

Choreography: Yuval Benit

Lighting: Tal Kochav

Hair and Makeup: Cole, Feldenkrais, and Kohler

Stage Management and Stage Crew: Gonzalez, Lapayowker, and O'Neal

Marketing and Publicity: Foster Hirsch 

West Boca High School Annie

Orchestra: Orchestra


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