Jake Miller, a junior at Paul VI Catholic High School, recently won the award for Best Comic Actor in the Cappies competition. The Cappies, which stands for “Critics and Awards Program,” is “a program where high school students are trained as theatre critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews and publish those reviews in local newspapers.” Each school submits one play to be critiqued through the program. At the end of the year, Cappies critics vote on overall awards from the approximately 50 shows reviewed that year in the DC/VA/MD metro area. The winners were revealed at the 11th annual Cappies gala, Sunday, June 13, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Jake (pictured on the left with fellow actor Tommy Hodge) won the Best Comic Actor award for his role of former chief inspector Paul Dreyfus in The Pink Panther Strikes Again. As Paul Dreyfus, Miller played the insane antagonist to the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. “With a maniacal laugh, a varying repertoire of personas, and distinctive mannerisms, Miller was more than believable in his insanity,” wrote one student critic.
Miller’s performance helped keep the audience in fits of laughter the entire play, as “his raging and, at times, phantom-esque and spastic mannerisms made every time he spoke completely hilarious,” according to another critic.
Miller also recently finished performing the role of Harold Hill in PVI’s spring musical, The Music Man.
Drama is just one of the arts that are highly valued by the schools in the Diocese of Arlington. Check out the Arlington Catholic Herald’s article on diocesan art programs!