|Highlands drama teacher Jason Burgess is flanked by cast and crew of the production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" that garnered 11 Cappies.|
At the June meeting of the Fort Thomas Independent School Board, students from the Highlands High School Theatre Department were honored for their record win of 11 Cappies, the most the department has ever won in the student theatre and journalism awards program.
The Greater Cincinnati chapter of the national Critics and Awards Program, known as Cappies, honored the Highlands students for their production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
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Teams of student critics gather to discuss the technical and performance aspects of the show. The students write reviews and share with the host schools. The best written reviews are selected to be sent to local press outlets.
Highlands received 23 nominations for their performance overall, and were recognized in May at a gala to celebrate the Cappies in downtown Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center.
School Board members congratulated the students and their teacher, Jason Burgess, and presented each student with a Certificate of Achievement.
Cappie winners were:
- Up and Coming Critic: Juli Russ
- Best Critic Team
- Sound: Steve Lang, Maddi McIntosh, Liam Morris and Crew
- Lighting: David Dierig, Austin Paolucci, Miles Sower and Crew
- Creativity (Directing): Vicky Alcorn and Tammy Sanow
- Stage Management and Crew: Stella Fahlbusch, Olivia Greenwell, Eleanor Todd and Crew
- Featured Actress in a Musical: Lillian Reynolds
- Female Dancer: Lizzy Roeding
- Comic Actor in a Musical: Grant Sower
- Lead Actress in a Musical: Zoe Zoller
- Best Musical: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Burgess thanked the board, the schools and the entire community for their support of the students and the program. "We are absolutely blessed to have the support that we have. The Theatre Department and the arts in general would be nowhere near what they are without the support we have of the district, and the leadership and the community."
Next season will bring productions of the play "The Diary of Anne Frank" and the musical "The Secret Garden" from the students at Highlands High School, and Highlands Middle School will offer the musical "Oliver."