Edison Drama’s “Flowers for Algernon” receives no Cappies nominations

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Edison Drama this year  did not receive any Cappie nominations this year. Edison’s Cappies show was the fall production of “Flowers for Algernon” which received no nominations. While there are many variables in play when deciding the nominations, it can be a blow to a cast and crew’s ego when they realize that all of the hard work they put into a show was not recognized. Last year, senior Nicholas Riehle received a nomination for his role as Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind.”

Cappies is a student-critic association that high schools can sign up to be apart of. On a certain night during the running of a school’s show, a group of critics will arrive at the school to review it.

For the actresses, actors, and technical staff on Broadway when the Tony Awards roll around it’s serious. The Tony Awards are held in high esteem and winning one is an enormous honor that people tend to flaunt whenever possible, and Cappies are the equivalent high school version of the Tony Awards. 

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Senior Nicholas Riehle participates in the spring musical “Honk!” Riehle won a Cappie Award last year.

Cappies’ nights are arguably the most stressful night for actors, actresses and techs alike. “It’s really stressful. Obviously every night matters, but for Cappies you know that they’re theater people who are judging you, not just those who are there for enjoyment,” said junior Carina Hines.

Senior Emma Krause who played Young Norma in “Flowers for Algernon” said,“I think that a part of it is that we are a small school and we compared to other schools didn’t have as many [critics] who attended our shows. Part of it may be that for a high schooler who was not fully involved in our process, they were unable to understand the impact of what we were doing.”

“This show was physically, mentally, and emotionally, exhausting and I think that there was something we must have lacked to not lock in the audience. However, I am incredibly proud of what we did and I understand the impact of what we did. I know that we put on a show that was challenging but we managed to pull it off,” said Krause. 

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