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WPHS Wins Two Cappies Awards

Acting garners recogntion

— Area schools brought home a variety of awards from the 14th annual Cappies Gala, Sunday night, June 9, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. West Potomac high School won two Cappies

Robinson Secondary captured the Best Musical honor for “Hairspray,” and Madison won the Best Play award for “Lend Me a Tenor.”

West Potomac’s awards were for Supporting Actor in a Musical and Lead Actor in a Musical for its production of “Young Frankenstein, the Musical.”

Junior Ben Roberts received the Lead Actor trophy. “I’m a bit in shock,” he said afterward. “A few years ago, theater was on the back burner for me, and then I started taking it seriously as a career option. So this is another step in the right direction and it feels incredible.”

Winning a starry statuette for Supporting Actor was freshman David Jarzen. “I’m just so excited and I thank everyone,” he said. “It’s a great experience to be here. I played Igor and had a hump, so staying in character for the whole performance — even when the lights were out — helped the critics notice me.”