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CAPA Announces 19 High Schools Selected To Participate in the Marquee Awards

On April 20, CAPA will announce the (up to) five nominees selected for each category.

CAPA Announces 19 High Schools Selected To Participate in the Marquee Awards

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) today announced the 19 local high schools selected to participate in the 2022-23 CAPA Marquee Awards presented by American Electric Power Foundation.

Designed to celebrate, support, and advocate for high school musical theatre education throughout central Ohio, this year-long, educational program offers selected high schools the opportunity to participate in professional theatre education activities throughout the school year including master classes with Broadway touring artists, skills-based workshops with local artists, professional development sessions for educators, and Dig Deeper, a virtual tutorial series which covers a range of topics to help students deepen their study and practice of theatre from wherever they can watch.

"The Marquee Awards program is starting its fifth year by reaching more students in more counties than ever before," said CAPA Education Director Amy Handra. "We are so excited for another big year of supporting and celebrating the incredible talent in central Ohio's high school musical theatre scene."

The 2022-23 CAPA Marquee Awards participating high schools are:

    • Bexley High School
    • Bishop Hartley High School
    • Bishop Watterson High School
    • Dublin Coffman High School
    • Eastmoor Academy High School
    • Grove City High School
    • Groveport Madison High School
    • Licking Heights High School
    • New Albany High School
    • Olentangy Berlin High School
    • Olentangy High School
    • Olentangy Liberty High School
    • Olentangy Orange High School
    • Pickerington High School Central
    • Pickerington High School North
    • Thomas Worthington High School
    • Upper Arlington High School
    • Westerville South High School
    • Worthington Christian School

In addition to participating in educational opportunities, each participating school has their musical theatre production reviewed by CAPA's team of professional adjudicators. The purpose of the evaluation process is to provide educationally focused feedback and to evaluate students/productions in the categories of:

  • Best Musical Production
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Direction
  • Outstanding Ensemble
  • Outstanding Dance Execution
  • Outstanding Technical Execution
  • Outstanding Student Orchestra

Adjudicators will also separately evaluate hard-copy nominations submitted in the categories of Backstage Excellence, Outstanding Student Designer, and National Student Reporter.

On April 20, CAPA will announce the (up to) five nominees selected for each category.

On May 25, the 2023 CAPA Marquee Awards will culminate with a red-carpet ceremony and student showcase at the Ohio Theatre at which winners in all categories will be announced. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the CAPA Marquee Awards will showcase live performances from the nominees for Best Musical Production, Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Role, as well as opening and closing numbers that incorporate nominated students from all participating high schools.

Students selected as Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role will be designated as official Jimmy Award nominees for "Jimmys Week," a week-long theatre intensive led by Broadway professionals and industry experts, and compete on the national level for the 2023 Jimmy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

Photos: First look at Curtain Players GOODBYE FREDDY Photo
On the occasion of Freddy's funeral and at his behest, six of his friends gather at the home of Hank and Kate in Kansas City, where five of them grew up. Hank and Kate were childhood sweethearts whose apparently idyllic relationship has proceeded uninterrupted through the years. Andy and Nessa were childhood sweethearts also, but are now divorced and living in New York. He's a successful advertising executive; she's the author of a bestselling roman à clef based on her friends' lives. Paul is the new Undersecretary for Eastern Affairs in Washington, and his wife, Alice, the only one who has not known the others since grammar school, is a housewife obsessed with the many infidelities she imagines Paul has committed. Hovering over them all is the spirit of Freddy, the only admitted homosexual in the group. As the liquor flows and memories (and recriminations) become more telling, Hank, in an emotional outburst, admits that he had been having an affair with Freddy for years prior to his death. Kate is overwhelmed by this revelation, the friends take sides and, as the night winds down into morning, facades are stripped away as no-holds-barred truth-telling replaces the party atmosphere with which the evening began. In the end Hank and Kate agree to strive for a more honest relationship, and the others, each in his or her own way affected by the absent Freddy, resolve to use the legacy of directness and honesty which he left them to set their own lives on firmer paths. Performances run Dec. 2 - 18, 2022 at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Photos: First look at Pickerington Community Theatres FROZEN JR Photo
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Disney Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! Performances run Dec. 2 - 11, 2022 at the Wigwam Theater 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road, Pickerington, OH 43147. For tickets:

Photos: First look at Ohio University Lancaster Theatre Departments ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE:  Photo
Ohio University Lancaster Theatre, The Lancaster Playhouse, and Garret Players presents 'It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.' Adapted by Joe Landry, Music by Kevin Connors. PLOT: This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. It's a Wonderful Life is based on the story, 'The Greatest Gift' by Philip Van Doren Stern, Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. TICKETS, $10.

Photos: Inside MVAC & MTVarts A CHRISTMAS STORY Photo
A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it to Christmas, between his brother Randy and the school bully Scut Farkus. Whenever he tells someone how much he wants it, he/she tells him that he will shoot his eye out and refuses to get it for him. Even a department store Santa Claus tells him the same thing. Upcoming Events for MTVarts and MVAC: 'A Night of One-Acts', January 13 - 15, 2023, at Warehouse 14. Paul Reiser: Live Stand Up Comedy, Fri 3/3/2023 8:00 PM, at The Knox Memorial Theater. Community Concert Association Divas 3, Sun 3/19/2023 7:30 PM, at the Knox Memorial Theater For tickets for upcoming events or more information, visit: &

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