THE 2015-16 CAPPIE Awards were handed out last night in a lively affair at the National Arts Centre.  It was the culmination of months of hard work by hundreds of students at schools all over Ottawa.  It was my honour to present the evening's two big awards, Critics Favourite Play and Critics Favourite Musical.   It was a role my former colleague and friend Max Keeping always filled. Max was a Cappie supporter from the very start, 11 years ago.  He would rush out of the CHEO Telethon and head downtown to be part of one of the most exciting events of the school year. 

Sunday night, I attempted to fill his shoes, while also shooting the event for this blog.  Let's just say I tried my best.   I do think, however I captured what the Cappies mean to the students.  The first award - Critics Favourite Play went to Elmwood School for their performance of Les Belles Soeurs.   Interesting to note, an old friend, and teacher at Elmwood, Gail Gavan helped the actors master an "authentic" Quebecois accent."      The second set of winners, for Critics Favourite Musical were from Merivale High School, for their performance of Spamalot. 

The video begins with Elwood taking the stage.  


While waiting to present backstage, I met two former Cappie winners who were also presenting.  

It gave me a chance to find out what the arts means to them, and how they plan to use their theatrical skills.   

There were of course, many more awards presented than I had a chance to cover.  The entire list of winners can be found at a later date in the Ottawa Citizen.  Congratulations to all who made the year a huge success.