Cast of “Les Miserables” wins multiple awards at Cappies Gala

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The Cappies is an organization composed of student reviewers who critique high school productions in South Florida. Every year, a gala is held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to present the awards in a ceremony similar to the Oscars or Tonys.

The cast of Heritage’s production of “Les Miserables” attended the Cappies Gala and awards ceremony May 29, winning five awards. Junior Diane Li won “Best Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Musical,” while senior Ethan Shevelson was awarded “Best Supporting Actor in a Male Role in a Musical.” Senior Miles Levitan, who played the main character Jean Valjean, won “Best Lead Actor in a Male Role in a Musical.”

In addition, the show also won the “Best Orchestra” and “Best Song” awards for their performance of “One Day More.” 

“I wasn’t expecting to get it, so when they called my name I was shocked. But then I heard everyone screaming my name and going up to receive my award was one of the highlights of my year,” Li said. “It was also really nice seeing how happy and proud my mom was of me.”

“Winning best song was shocking, because all the other musical numbers that were performed felt professional. Seeing that we won and that we were as good as other schools was really nice,” ensemble member junior Nicholas Gall said.

Juniors Aliya Zarrouk and Leanna Fadel accept the Award for “Best Orchestra” on behalf of the entire orchestra. (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)
Senior Ethan Shevelson received the award for “Best Actor in a Male Role in a Musical.” (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)
Li smiles as she accepts the award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Female Role in a Musical.” (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)
Seniors Benjamin Haftez-Price, Roie Dahon and Wesley Wray, as well as  juniors Diane Li and Emma Ferguson pose after accepting the “Best Song” award. (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)
Senior Miles Levitan accepts the “Best Lead Actor in a Male Role in a Musical” for his portrayal of Jean Valjean. (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)
Attendees gather in the lobby before the ceremony to socialize and view the student posters. (Photo/Hannah Letzelter)

Hannah Letzelter is a senior who loves being a member of the Patriot Post. She enjoys reading classic novels, writing, acting in plays, singing opera and singing in the Acapella choir at school. As the president of the Diabuddies club, she loves educating the community about diabetes and fundraising for its research. Hannah looks forward to a great year.