Spartan Theatre at the Cappies Gala in 2019!

Spartan Theatre at the Cappies Gala in 2019!


Every year, one of Spartan Theatre’s mainstage productions is eligible for student review through the National Capital Area’s Cappies program. Each school that participates in Cappies must also have a team of critics, who go see shows in the DMV area and submit reviews for consideration to be published. In May, the department is invited to attend the Cappies Gala at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. at which schools which have been nominated are eligible to win awards for outstanding performances and tech. West Springfield has been lucky enough to be nominated several times in the past!

2019-20 Cappies Critics Team

Lead Critic

Kayla Rothstein


Adella Bailey

Mia Bridges

Giselle Concepcion

Meg Hogan

Charlie Lamb

Jonah Manibusan

Kathryn Wevley

Melanie Wightman


Brian Long

Cappies Reviews

Cappies reviews are eligible to be selected for publication in local papers. Our Cappies team is frequently selected for publishing. Below are links to outstanding reviews written by our team, and reviews written by other schools’ critics about our shows!

Review of The Pajama Game at Falls Church High School written by Ashtyn Spring.

Review of Rent at Hayfield High School written by Elizabeth Germain.

Reviews of The Monster Under the Bed written by NCA Cappies.


2019-20 Cappies Show

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

April - May 2020

When Cappies Critics review a show they also select performers and technicians that demonstrated talent worthy of recognition. These are referred to as “critics choices”. Those who have been “choiced” are then eligible for nomination and awards! Critics choice information will be posted here after our Cappies performance.