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Cappies Gala on Sunday, June 9, at Kennedy Center.

Marketing and Publicity Nominees: (front) Michelle Slivinski (South Lakes), Madeleine Bloxam (Westfield), (front) Daniel Levine (Walt Whitman), Sarah Irving (Robinson) and Brennan Jones (Falls Church).

Marketing and Publicity Nominees: (front) Michelle Slivinski (South Lakes), Madeleine Bloxam (Westfield), (front) Daniel Levine (Walt Whitman), Sarah Irving (Robinson) and Brennan Jones (Falls Church). Photo by Andrea (Andy) Mays

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Musical Nominees: Jack Ladd (Bishop Ireton's “Something's Afoot”), Michelle Huey (Walt Whitman's “Anything Goes”), Alex Poirier (Loudoun Valley's “Urinetown”), Anna Barr (Robinson's “Hairspray”), Ben Roberts (West Potomac's “Young Frankenstein the Musical”).

The 14th Annual Cappies Gala will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in the 2,400-seat Concert Hall at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Performers, critics and tech crews from 56 high schools in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will receive 37 “Cappie” awards, in a glamorous atmosphere that Cappies (Critics and Awards program) co-founder and Capitol Steps co-founder Bill Strauss used to call “part Tonys, part Final Four.”

Casts of nominated shows and the performers of nominated songs will present musical numbers as well as sketches from the nominated plays.

Throughout the year, the Cappies program is driven by over 380 area high school theater student critics who attend each other’s shows, write reviews for newspapers and TV, and serve as “Cappies” awards judges.

On May 11, approximately 300 student critics voted for Cappie awards, through a digital, student-designed voting process.

Launched in Northern Virginia in 1999, by Bill Strauss and Judy Bowns, Cappies programs are now underway in 11 U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, Kansas City and Orlando, and three in Canada, with more cities who are preparing to start up in the fall.

Strauss, who died in 2007, said: “High school theater is the real youth culture in America, and someday, these kids are going to revitalize Broadway. They’re the next great theater generation.”

Tickets to the gala are only available only through Cappies high school theater departments.

The 2013 nominees include:

  • Rising Critic: Talia Brenner, Walt Whitman High School

  • Marketing and Publicity: Caroline Duffy, Daniel Levine, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Sound: Alex Allen, Lyndsay Worthington, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Lighting: Nikolas Allen, Andrew Elman, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Sets: Nikolas Allen, Harley LaRoe, Matt Lewis, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Stage Crew: Brendan LoBuglio, James London, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Orchestra: Walt Whitman Pit Orchestra, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Ensemble in a Musical: The Angels, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Featured Actress: Kayli Modell, “Ragtime,” Thomas S. Wootton High School

  • Comic Actress in a Musical: Michelle Huey, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Supporting Actor in a Musical: Landon Fleischman, “Ragtime,” Thomas S. Wootton High School

  • Lead Actress in a Musical: Erin Craig, “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School

  • Lead Actor in a Musical: Elgin Martin, “Ragtime,” Thomas S. Wootton High School

  • Musical: “Anything Goes,” Walt Whitman High School.