18th Annual South Florida High School Drama Cappies Awarded at Virtual Gala


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Production of Imaginary.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

High school theater students from 17 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties were winners at the 18h Annual Cappies Awards Gala, which was live-streamed thanks to the support of NSU University School and Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, awarded Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School eight awards for Imaginary, The Musical, making it the most honored musical.


Archbishop Edward A McCarthy High School’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

With six Cappies wins, Archbishop Edward A McCarthy High School’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank was the most honored play.

Also, 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 thanks to the support from Melinda Clarke Berks. 

Program Director Lori Sessions said: “Despite the fact that we were not able to gather together this year, it was important to take the time still to celebrate the hard work and talent of students and teachers in these theatre programs.”

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 FloridaTheaterOnStage.com

The gala featured guest presenters, some of whom were past Cappies Nominees and Winners, from the South Florida Theatre Community, Broadway, Television, and Film.  The live-streamed event also included a virtual opening number with students from the participating schools. 

“We are so thankful to the larger entertainment community who gathered together to support our students this year,” said Sessions.


Coral Glades High School’s production of Brighton Beach Memoirs.

2020 Cappies Winners

American Heritage School – 5
Archbishop McCarthy High School – 6
Calvary Christian Academy – 2
Cardinal Gibbons High School-1
Cooper City High School-3
Coral Glades High School-2
Cypress Bay High School – 1
Deerfield Beach High School – 1
JP Taravella High School – 4
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School-8
North Broward Preparatory – 1
NSU University School-1
Somerset Academy Charter School-1
South Plantation High School-3
St. Thomas Aquinas High School-3
The Sagemont School – 3
West Boca High School – 4

American Heritage School

Sets in a Musical- Nikolas Serrano
Orchestra-Oklahoma Pit Orchestra
Featured Actor in a Musical-Jonah Warhaft
Female Vocalist- Ella Noriega
Comic Actress in a Musical-Adelina Marinello

Archbishop Edward A McCarthy High School
Diary of Anne Frank


J.P. Tavavella’s production of Seussical.

Stage Management and Crew in a Play-Britni Barcelo
Ensemble in a Play- Annex Residents
Supporting Actor in a Play-Christopher Muston
Lead Actress in a Play-Erica Gouldthorpe
Lead Actor in a Play-Justin Cook
Play-The Diary of Anne Frank

Calvary Christian Academy
Peter and the Star Catcher

Comic Actress in a Play-Kelly Goenaga
Freshman Critic-Abbey Alder

Cardinal Gibbons High School
Bright Star
Female Dancer-Beatriz Arevalo

Cooper City High School
Bubble Boy

Marketing and Publicity-Troupe 0784 Officers
Lead Actor in a Musical-Reese Abrahamoff
Senior Critic-Rylee Berger

Coral Glades High School
Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sets in a Play-Juliette BeJune, Matthew Dell-Hak
Comic Actor in a Play-Matthew Dell-Hak

Cypress Bay High School
Rock of Ages

Male Dancer-Roy De Oliveira

Deerfield Beach High School
Driving Miss Daisy

Hair and Make-up in a Play- Alesia Boles, Alaniss Mendez, Ilene Reyes

J.P. Taravella High School

Supporting Actress in a Musical-Nicole Sugarman
Sophomore Critic-Emma Sugarman
Junior Critic-Nicolas Vela
Critics Team-Nicole Sugarman, Lead Critic

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Imaginary-The Musical

Sound in a Musical- Alyssa Marrero,
Lighting in a Musical- Ally Reichard
Choreography-Cameron Appel and Alexandra Duffy,
Creativity- Jared Block and Andrea Pena, Direction
Stage Management and Crew in a Musical-Jordan Braunstein, Hannah Grinbank and Ava Digilio,
Supporting Actor in a Musical-David Prengler
Song-Upgrade Time
Musical-Imaginary, The Musical

North Broward Preparatory School
City of Angels

Male Vocalist-Luke De Liddo

NSU University School
Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Comic Actor in a Musical-Gabriel Feldenkrais

Somerset Academy Charter School
Luna Gale

Supporting Actress in a Play-Victoria Vitale

South Plantation High School
26 Pebbles

Sound in a Play-Quinn Sampson
Props in a Play- Shaylen Deyo,
Lighting in a Play- Daley Eisenmann, Hadrian Schrag

St. Thomas Aquinas High School
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Hair and Make-up in a Musical-Francesca Zaccor, Keja Staffa, Madison Ryder, Jade Wagner and Crew
Props in a Musical-Deanna Wallace, Mika Petruska, James Lawlor, Brooke Crockett and Crew
Costumes in a Musical-Hailey Kelderhouse, Carly Salazar, Konrad Schneider, Anna Liendo, and Crew

The Sagemont School
The Right to Remain Silent

Costumes in a Play-Eva Daskos
Featured Actress in a Play-Eva Daskos
Featured Actor in a Play-Santiago Murillo,

West Boca High School
Sister Act

Special Effects and/or Technology: Scott Etzi, Liam Kline, Amy Vitagliano,
Ensemble in a Musical- Queen of Angels Choir
Featured Actress in a Musical- Melody Burrage
Lead Actress in a Musical-Maya Petrie

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