Cappies International Theater
The Cappies International Theater, now in its fifth year, gathers Cappie
honorees from across the USA to workshop shows at the Kennedy Center and
other theaters in the National Capital Area. Every year, the all-student
company has been of exceptional quality and has presented outstanding
In the 2006 C.I.T., the cast will include Cappie winners from
California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and
The C.I.T. began in 2002, when 10 high school students representing four
Cappies programs assembled to prepare and present three shows in three
weeks at a small theater in Hollywood, California, under the name
Cappies Hollywood Theater.
In 2003, the program moved to the National Capital Area, began its
partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and
was renamed Cappies National Theater. In that year, and each of the next
two, approximately 35 to 40 students from Cappies programs across the
U.S. came together to perform three shows in the Kennedy Center’s
Theater Lab and McLean’s Alden Theater.
The CIT is produced and managed by the national Cappies organization,
assisted by teachers and parent volunteers from the National Capital
Area Cappies. Daily work is done at a high school (in 2006, at WT
Woodson High School in Fairfax, VA). The directors are teachers at
schools in the Washington, D.C./ Maryland metropolitan area. Housing for
out-of-town CIT participants is provided by the families of participants
from the National Capital Area Cappies. The program is financed by
participant fees, which are quite modest for a program of this scope.
In the shows it selects, as in the young cast it invites, the Cappies
International Theater and its predecessors have given focus to the fresh
and new on stage. In selecting shows, CIT has always tried to present
new or developmental shows, including:
The Yellow Wood
In 2006, the shows will be student written.