Springfield area high schools will celebrate the culmination of the "Cappies" 2010 program with a Gala taking place TONIGHT (Thurs.May 27) at 7:00 p.m. in Parkview High School Theatre. During the program, the 2010 Cappies Awards will be presented and the nominees will offer several short performances dedicated to the theatre teachers of Springfield and the surrounding area to honor them for their creativity, dedication, and generous giving of their time to making magic onstage. Five Springfield high schools participated in the program this year by selecting one musical and one play to put up for evaluation as well as selecting up to nine student critics and one faculty member to review and award the productions of other schools. The Cappies organization was founded in 1998, in Washington DC, by author and playwright, William Strauss. After attending a commencement ceremony at an area high school, he was disappointed to watch awards be distributed to 22 athletes, only 3 to scholars and none to any of the performing arts students. He decided that something was needed to promote these hard working students in their craft. Cappies was born in the summer of 1999. The program celebrates high school theatre, helps bring public acclaim to theatre students, and helps develop a greater sense of community among schools' theatre programs. The Springfield, Missouri chapter began in Fall 2004. For more information about the local Cappies program and Gala, contact the Springfield Regional Arts Council at 862-2787 (ARTS). For more information about the national Cappies program, visit www.cappies.com.