Cruiser Theatre Co. included in CAPA program

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo by Lydia Miller
One of the classes offered by CAPA for high school performing arts students.

Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Co. is one of 19 area high schools selected to participate in the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts’ 2022-23 CAPA Marquee Awards.

“It is a very exciting honor to have been selected again,” said Cruiser Theatre Co. Director Kirkland Long. “The kids are really excited about it and it is always nice to have multiple motivation factors for them.”

The Cruiser Theatre Co. also participated in the program last year.

“Much like before, there are many workshops they can attend and a lot of learning material to be found on CAPA’s website,” said Long. “The students are always very excited to have the opportunity to attend workshops held by CAPA.”

Presented by the American Electric Power Foundation, the program is designed to celebrate, support, and advocate for high school musical theatre education. The year-long educational program offers students 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.”

Each participating school will have their musical theatre production reviewed by CAPA’s team of professionals.

“Along with all the educational resources, having the adjudication feedback is really beneficial and is what draws me the most towards what CAPA is doing,” said Long. “Along with providing recognition for outstanding performances, they provide and unbiased perception of the performance, allowing for a fresh set of eyes to analyze where some more attention could be placed. It is easy to become numb or blind to certain aspects of a show when you have been rehearsing it for two or three months. So having someone who doesn’t have the performance as a part of their daily routine describe what they experienced in the form of feedback is a wonderful thing, not only for me as a new director, but for the students as young theatre artists.”

CAPA Marquee Awards/Jimmy Awards
On May 25, the 2023 CAPA Marquee Awards will feature a red-carpet ceremony and student showcase at the Ohio Theatre where winners in all categories will be announced.

Modeled after the Tony® Awards, the CAPA Marquee Awards showcases 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 official Jimmy Award® nominees for “Jimmys Week,” a week-long theatre intensive led by Broadway professionals and industry experts, and compete nationally for the 2023 Jimmy Awards® for Best Performance by an Actor and Best Performance by an Actress.

Nominees will spend one week in New York City and their combined effort throughout the week will lead to one talent showcase performed live in front of an audience on the Broadway stage at the 14th annual Jimmy Awards.

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Upcoming Cruiser Theatre Co. shows
Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Co. will perform “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Nov. 3-5 at 7 p.m. In person audiences are allowed. Presale tickets can be purchased at the OnTheStage website for $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. At the door those prices will be raised to $7 and $9 respectively.

Per, the annual play in a day will be replaced by an evening of improv sometime near Valentine’s Day. The spring musical will be replaced with spring plays, the first of which will be, “Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play,” by Christian Borle. That show will likely be performed the final weekend in March. Another spring play, to be determined, may be performed in May.

All performances will be in the Groveport Madison High School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road.

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