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Belfry Club Nominated for Eight Cappies!

The award-winning Belfry Club, the nation's oldest, continuously-run high school dramatic club, received eight nominations from the Greater Philadelphia Cappies organization for its March production of Rumors. 


  • Sound: David Savidge '21
  • Sets: Technical Theatre & Advanced Technical Theatre Classes
  • Ensemble in a Play- The Gormans (Danny Ritz '19 & Naomi Friedman '19)
  • Supporting Actress in a Play: Alex Kafrissen '20
  • Supporting Actor in a Play: Danny Ritz '19
  • Lead Actress in a Play: Naomi Friedman '19
  • Lead Actor in a Play: Vinit Joshi '19
  • Play - Rumors, Germantown Academy

The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program) is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theater and journalism students and teenage playwrights. There are currently 13 Cappies programs in the United States and Canada, which range in size from five to 55 participating high schools. Within each program, every participating high school selects three to nine students for a critic team. After receiving extensive training in theater criticism and review writing, they attend plays and musicals at other high schools in their area. They write reviews on deadline. Volunteer teacher-mentors lead discussions and select the critic-written reviews that are later published by area newspapers, with student bylines.

"This was one of my favorite shows to work on!" said Friedman. 

"For Rumors, there was never a rehearsal where I didn't laugh my head off," said Joshi. "This show was a fast-paced wave of comedy, so rehearsing it was a huge exercise, both physically and mentally, training us as actors to stay quick on our feet and 120 percent focused for a two whole hours!"

The 14th Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Cappies Gala will take place on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Unionville High School at 4:30pm.



K. Richardson: Director

Charlie Masters: Performing Arts Chair

Assistant Director: Robynne Graffam '86

Paul Moffit: Technical Director, Production Manager, Stage Manager, and Set Designer

Costumer: Maria Jackson


Lighting Designer: Dylan Robertson'19

Sound Designer: David Savidge '21

Stage Manager: Perry Fraser '22

Constructed by Foundations to Technical Theatre and Advanced Technical Theatre classes


Chris Gorman: Naomi Friedman '19

  • Understudies: Rachel Roth '21 & Sangeetha Bhuyan '22

Ken Gorman: Danny Ritz '19

  • Understudy: Will Cooper '21

Claire Ganz: Alex Kafrissen '20

  • Understudies: Christine Meng '22 & Annabel Hellman '22

Lenny Ganz: Vinit Joshi '19

  • Understudy: Jakob Slifker '20

Cookie Cusack: Lauren Paynton '20

  • Understudies:
    • Act 1 - Ellie Wagner '19
    • Act 2 - Sofia Eichsteadt '22

Ernie Cusack: Michael Wood '20

  • Understudies: Andrew Freas '19 & Michael Jackaman '22
    • Act 1 - Andrew Freas '19 |
    • Act 2 -

Cassie Cooper: Aman Gill '19

  • Understudy: Jenna Nolan '22

Glen Cooper: Max Donches '19

  • Understudy: Harry Bradley '22

Officer Welch: J. Fassler '20

  • Understudy: Kai John

Officer Pudney: Ellie Wagner '19

  • Understudy: Rachel Roth '21