The 2021 - 2022 Heritage Critics Team
Malani Fenner-Smith (Lead Critic)
Alternates: Atticus Gregory and Macey McKinney
During the 2020-2021 school year Heritage submitted a thirty minute version of our fall play, Whodunnit, for the virtual/filmed Cappies event. Several Heritage student participated in a virtual gala in June and Whodunnit was celebrated during this gala. We are so proud of our critics team who continued to represent Heritage throughout this challenging year.
Due to the pandemic, there was not a Cappies Gala. We are excited for future opportunities with the NCA Cappies.
In 2019, Heritage put on its first rock musical, Mamma Mia! This student led production was one of our finest to date. Beautiful and complex lighting and technical aspects, innovative set design including two docks stretching into the audience, an impressive pit orchestra (that included HHS guitarists!), outstanding choreography for the 23 numbers in this show and direction (for the first time) by a student! Mamma Mia was hugely popular, had standing ovations at every performance and topped all previous audience records. This year, Ms. Ramacci had blue hair to celebrate!
Heritage earned eight Cappies nominations for Mamma Mia! The students performed "The Megamix" in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for the NCA Gala. Heritage was proud to win the most Cappies in Loudoun County this year!
The show received eight nominations:
Marketing and Publicity (Grace Saville, Katelyn Preble, Cordelia Din, Sarah MacLean and Syndey Trollinger)
Leading Actress in a Musical (Carolina Kirkpatrick)
Stage Crew (Aparna Gupta, Jack Bellinger, Josephine D'Arcy, Caroline Dodson, Jenna Fuentes, Esha Kapoor, Liam McGuire, Amanda McLellan, Maya Papadopoulos, Valeria Rivera, Erin Sadler, Rose Wilson, Cherise Woodfaulk and Avera Worrall)
Best Song ("The Megamix")
Best Musical (Mamma Mia!)
and won the awards for Female Dancer (Lyndsay Snider), Best Choreography (Lindsey Snider, Carolina Kirkpatrick, Jordan Hebert, Somya Dubey and Kiara Barrientos), and Best Orchestra (All 40 HHS musicians).
This is the first time Heritage has ever won the Best Orchestra CAPPIES Award!
The three CAPPIES won this year ties our school record from 2017, for the most CAPPIES won in one year!
In 2018, Heritage put on its first full-scale Disney production, Beauty and the Beast. With a a fully rotating two story castle, complex special effects, use of theatrical magic, 8 minute dance extravaganzas, and so much more - this was Heritage's biggest production to date. This magnificent production led to a record audience. (In fact, Ms. Ramacci had green hair to prove our success!) We couldn't be more proud of this unique and wonderful run of Beauty and the Beast.
The show received four nominations:
Best Choreography (Lindsey Griffin and Lyndsay Snider)
Female Dancer (Avery Kasper)
Marketing and Publicity (Grace Saville, Katie Karam, Wil Haegele and Ali Bancroft)
and won the award for Male Dancer (Gökçe Necioğlu).
This is the first time Heritage has ever won the Male Dancer CAPPIES Award!
In 2017, Thoroughly Modern Millie earned ten Cappies nominations, more than any other school in LCPS! In addition, Heritage was the only school in Loudoun to perform for the Kennedy Center Gala. The students performed "Forget About the Boy" in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on June 11th. Heritage was proud to win the most Cappies in Loudoun County this year and the most Heritage has ever won in a single year!
The show received ten nominations:
Best Song ("Forget About the Boy")
Lead Actress in a Musical (Emma Leone)
Supporting Actress in a Musical (Amanda White)
Comic Actress (Jai-Lani Walker)
Best Ensemble (Sincere Trust Stenographers)
Best Lighting (Dani Duce, Kaleigh Mullins, Matty Wolfson and Aubrey Yokum)
and won the awards for Female Dancer (Hannah Turner), Choreography (Lindsey Griffin, Lyndsay Snider, Jordan Swift and Hannah Turner), and Stage Management & Run Crew (Anna Accardo, Meghan Miklich, Kaleigh Mullins, Kim Nguyen, Seneca Peklo and Samantha Woodward).
This is the first time Heritage has ever won the Stage Management & Run Crew CAPPIES Award!
This is the MOST Cappies Heritage has ever won in one year!
In 2016, Heritage was the first school in Loudoun to perform Chicago. It earned nine Cappies nominations! The students performed "Both Reached for the Gun" in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on June 12th. Heritage was proud to win the most Cappies in Loudoun County this year, twice as many as any other LCPS school.
The show received nine nominations:
Lead Actress in a Musical (Jordan Temme)
Supporting Actor in a Musical (Aiden Carroll)
Featured Actress (Liz Bentley)
Best Ensemble ("Jazz Dancers")
Stage Management & Run Crew
and won the awards for Best Song ("Both Reached for the Gun") and Supporting Actress in a Musical (Emma Leone).
This is the first time Heritage has ever won the Best Song award.
In 2015, The Addams Family received more performance nominations than any other school in the National Capital Chapter! The students performed "When You’re An Addams" in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on June 7th.
The show received sixteen nominations:
Best Song (“When You’re an Addams”)
Lead Actor in a Musical (Will Mitchell)
Supporting Actor in a Musical (Austin Martinez)
Comic Actress in a Musical (Miriam Peacock)
Female Dancer (Bella Tenaglia)
Male Dancer (Aiden Carroll)
Choreography (Bella Tenaglia & Frances Tirado)
Lighting (Hayley Clawson)
Sets (Katie Hillis & Austin Martinez)
Costumes (Will Mitchell & Georgia Rosenlund)
Make-up (Austin Martinez & Dounia Ouaritini)
Stage Crew (Hayley Clawson, Mary Conklin, Nia Dyson, & Amber Lambie)
Marketing and Publicity (Zach Benson & Aiden Carroll)
and won the awards for Ensemble in a Musical (The Ancestors) and Lead Actress in a Musical (Cierra Marco).
Heritage had the honor of performing Master of the House at the Kennedy Center on June 8, 2014.
Les Miserables received eight nominations for:
Best Musical (Les Miserables)
Featured Actor (Will Mitchell, Enjolras)
Comedic Actress (Aiden Orr, Madame Thenardier)
Ensemble (The Revolutionaries)
Sound (Garrett Bell, Sally Kim, Noah Boothe)
Run Crew (Hayley Clawson, Mary Conklin, Rayshawn Dyson, Emma Olson)
and won the Cappie for Male Vocalist (Vinny Okechukwu)
Heritage was thrilled to have the opportunity to perform "Gee, Officer Krupke" at the 2013 Cappies Gala.
The show received three nominations:
Best Song ("Gee, Officer Krupke")
Best Dancer (Giselle Tirado)
and won the award for Choreography (Giselle Tirado and Bella Tenaglia).
Heritage was honored at the Kennedy Center on June 10th, 2012 for their presentation of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Students performed "Gay or European" during the Gala.
The show received eight nominations, including
Best Song ("Gay or European")
Best Choreography (Allison Perhach)
Female Actress (Katie Blackburn)
Male Vocalist (David Foulke)
Female Dancer (Macy Magee)
Male Dancer (Donald Tran)
and won the Cappie for Supporting Actress in a Musical (Michelle Radcliffe).
Heritage was honored at the Kennedy Center in June 2011 for its successful season in 2010-11.
Oklahoma! received five nominations, including:
Best Choreography (Devon Isaac and Allison Perhach)
Female Vocalist (Christi McCarthy)
Male Vocalist (Christian Meudt)
Female Dancer (Allison Perhach)
Comedic Actress in a Musical (Hannah Johnson)
Heritage won its first Cappie award for Allison Perhach as Female Dancer in Oklahoma!