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The CCS Theater Department is a charter member of the Critics and Awards Program of Cincinnati, the “Cappies.” The Cappies, is a program through which high school theatre and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers like Cincinnati Enquirer.

Each participating high school, chooses one of their two shows each year to represent and be critiqued by the trained Cappie critics. At the end of the school year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala at The Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati. (It's basically a high school "Oscars.") See: Cincinnati Cappies Reviews

Many CCS performers have been nominated for Cappie awards over the years and several have won. CCS always has a solid group of student Cappie critics each school year.

See: The Cappies of Greater Cincinnati and

2016-2017 CCS Cappies Nominations

  • Best Comic Actress, Bernadette Beacham
  • Best Comic Actor, Aaron Dong
  • Best Supporting Actress, Merrick Heid
  • Best Supporting Actor, Luke Schlake
  • Best Lead Actress, Brooklyn Allison
  • Best Lead Actor, Joshua May
  • Best Play, The Importance of Being Earnest