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University School of NSU crowned big winner at high school version of Tony Awards

15th annual Cappies Awards also honors students with scholarships

University School of NSU won best musical at the 15th annual Cappies Awards for its production of "Fiddler on the Roof." (Ian Ibbetson)
University School of NSU won best musical at the 15th annual Cappies Awards for its production of "Fiddler on the Roof." (Ian Ibbetson)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It's the high school version of the Tony Awards. 

The 15th annual Cappies Awards Gala, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, honored theater students from 14 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.

University School of Nova Southeastern University received the most awards with eight for "Fiddler on the Roof."

With five Cappies wins, the Sagemont's School's production of "Frankenstein" was the most-honored play. 

Two students received the Melinda Clarke Spotlight Scholarship, which funds $750 for college or future theatrical training. 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 FloridaTheaterOnStage.com. 

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 was founded in 2002, as a part of the national nonprofit organization honoring high school theater programs.


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