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BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS ANNOUNCES THE 2018 BLUMEY AWARDS NOMINEES-High School Musical Theater Awards Presented By Wells Fargo

Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the nominees competing in the 7th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 20, at Belk Theater.

The Blumey Awards program recognizes and celebrates the best in high school musical theater and fosters even greater achievements in the future.

Winners will be announced at The Blumey Awards Ceremony on May 20, at 7:00 p.m., in Belk Theater. Tickets for The Blumey Awards ceremony go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m. and will be available at BlumenthalArts.org, 704-372-1000 or from the box office in the Belk Theater lobby, 130 N. Tryon St.

Maureen O’Boyle, anchor for WBTV, and Amy Burkett of WTVI will be emceeing the black-tie event. The Blumey Awards will once again also be broadcast on WTVI (date and time to be announced in the coming weeks).

“While competition and awards are part of the process, getting to the Blumey Awards is really about working together to create a musical,” said Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard. “Everyone there that night can feel the collective pride for what these students, teachers and parents have achieved in working hard to put their shows together. The Blumey Awards is one of the best nights in Charlotte each year.”
Like the Tony Awards®, The Blumey Awards Ceremony will feature a performance by each of the six nominated schools in the best musical category, a medley of performances by the six finalists for Best Actor and for Best Actress, and an opening and closing number that features two students from each of the forty-six participating schools. David Dabbon will be back as music director and orchestrator for The Blumey Awards. David is a New York based composer and Grammy nominated orchestrator and has served as the music director since the inaugural Blumey Awards ceremony in 2012.

Linda Booth, a Charlottean, and the region’s most sought after choreographer with choreograph the opening and closing numbers as well as the medleys. She was honored to help BPA celebrate its 25th season, staging the gala featuring Leslie Odom, Jr. and to choreograph the tribute to William Ivey Long, featuring Laura Osnes, Andy Karl, Christine Ebersole, and Bebe Winans. As a teaching artist, Linda has worked with over 20,000 youth, and she has choreographed over 200 productions, in regional, educational, and professional theatre.
Blumenthal Performing Arts will again participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards. The national show and ceremony take place in New York on June 25, 2018. The two students named Best Actor and Best Actress at The Blumey Awards will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and weeklong stay in New York City where they will train and compete with other regional winners in a national competition known as The Jimmy Awards (named after famed Broadway producer, James M. Nederlander).

Fourteen student critics are also participating in the Student Critic Program in association with the 7th Annual Blumey Awards presented by Wells Fargo. The Student Critic Program is part of The Blumey Awards with support from The Charlotte Observer. Of these fourteen Student Critics, one will be awarded “The Charlotte Observer Student Critic Award” at The Blumey Awards, chosen by the editors at The Charlotte Observer.

“Wells Fargo was the inaugural corporate underwriter for this performing arts program in 2012,” said Jay Everette, Community Affairs Manager for Wells Fargo. “The Blumeys are all about showcasing the amazing talent of students in our region. It’s a ‘Glee meets the Tony’s at the intersection of Fame’ kind of evening. We are thrilled to be part of the presentation again in 2017.”
This year’s nominees for The Blumey Awards:

Best Set Construction
Ardrey Kell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Gaston Day School- Shrek The Musical
Hickory Ridge – Hello, My Baby!
Nation Ford – Seussical
Stuart W. Cramer – Cinderella

Best Costume Creation
Central Academy of Tech and Arts – On the Town
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Cuthbertson – Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Piedmont Community Charter – Into the Woods
Pine Lake Prep – The Addams Family
Stuart W. Cramer – Cinderella

Best Student Orchestra
Ardrey Kell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Butler- The Sound of Music
Central Academy of Tech and Arts – On the Town
East Mecklenberg – Shrek The Musical
Providence High – Cinderella
South Mecklenburg –Hairspray

Best Choreography Execution
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Charlotte Country Day – The Drowsy Chaperone
Charlotte Latin – Into the Woods
Nation Ford – Seussical
Northwest School of the Arts – Big Fish
Providence Day – Pippin

Best Ensemble/Chorus
Ardrey Kell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Charlotte Country Day – The Drowsy Chaperone
Nation Ford – Seussical The Musical
Northwest School of the Arts – Big Fish
Providence Day – Pippin

Best Overall Direction
Ardrey Kell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Central Academy of Tech and Arts – On the Town
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Charlotte Country Day – The Drowsy Chaperone
Nation Ford – Seussical
Northwest School of the Arts – Big Fish

Best Featured Performer
Ardrey Kell – Parker Demos as Glopin (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Charlotte Latin – Gracie Matthews as The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods)
Covenant Day – Tori Winsky as Jane Banks (Mary Poppins)
Northwest School of the Arts – Nailyah Gardner as Witch (Big Fish)
Pine Lake Prep – Jacob Messer as Uncle Fester (The Addams Family)
SouthLake Christian – Kevan Coyle as Woodstock (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Best Supporting Actor
Charlotte Country Day – John Ryan Hecimovich as Man in Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Nation Ford – Seth Younglove as Cat in the Hat (Seussical)
Northwest School of the Arts – Rixey Terry as Will (Big Fish)
Northwestern – Clay Smith as Huck (Big River)
Pine Lake Prep – Chris Hyslop as Lucas Beineke (The Addams Family)
South Mecklenburg – Ryan Faucette as Corny Collins (Hairspray)

Best Supporting Actress
cfa Academy – Brittany Schell as Cinderella (Into the Woods)
Covenant Day – Elizabeth Bryan as Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins)
Independence – Isabela Villanueva as Rona Lisa Peretti (The 25th Annual Putnam Co Spelling Bee)
Nation Ford – Lily Averkamp as Gertrude (Seussical)
Northwest School of the Arts – Maya Sistruck as Jenny Hill (Big Fish)
Providence Day – Isabella Patterson as Fastrada (Pippin)

Wells Fargo Best Musical – Tier 1
cfa Academy – Into the Woods
Nation Ford – Seussical
Northwestern – Big River

Wells Fargo Best Musical – Tier 2
Ardrey Kell – The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Charlotte Country Day – The Drowsy Chaperone
Northwest School of the Arts – Big Fish

Best Actor
Finalists from which 6 nominees will be selected on May 5 by means of individual auditions

Ardrey Kell – Andrew Sickles as Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Central Academy of Tech and Arts – Sayo Oni as Chip (On the Town)
Central Cabarrus – Perrin Kingaby as Radames (Aida)
cfa Academy – Tim Brausch as The Baker (Into the Woods)
Charlotte Christian – Colin Gallagher as Topher (Cinderella)
Charlotte Country Day – Julian Gagnier as Adolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Charlotte Latin – Ethan Holtzman as The Baker (Into the Woods)
Covenant Day – Harrison Chase as Bert (Mary Poppins)
Cuthbertson – Wesley Franks as Prince Eric (Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
Davidson Day – Ben McMullen as Eddie (Sister Act)
Gaston Day School- Ben King as Shrek (Shrek The Musical)
Independence – Max Becker as Leaf Coneybear (The 25th Annual Putnam Co Spelling Bee)
Lake Norman – Ilijah Imlay as Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Lincolnton – Mauricio Lozano as Chad (All Shook Up)
Nation Ford – Hayden Renner as Horton (Seussical)
Northwest School of the Arts – Liam Pearce as Edward (Big Fish)
Northwestern – Herbert White as Jim (Big River)
Piedmont Community Charter – John Medlin as The Baker (Into the Woods)
Pine Lake Prep – Jordan Antonic as Gomez Addams (The Addams Family)
Providence Day – Chris Melton as Pippin (Pippin)
Providence High – Will Taylor as Prince Topher (Cinderella)
South Mecklenburg – Parker Hays as Link Larkin (Hairspray)
SouthLake Christian – Gideon Nelson as Linus Van Pelt (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Weddington – Lucas Sheaffer as Dauntless (Once Upon a Mattress)
Westminster Catawba Christian School- Gerald Wheaton as Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof)

Best Actress
Finalists from which 6 nominees will be selected on May 5 by means of individual auditions

Ardrey Kell – Shannon Stone as Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Bandys High School – Elizabeth Edwards as Cinderella (Cinderella)
Butler- Riana Unger as Maria (The Sound of Music)
Carmel Christian – Payton Miller as Lucy (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Central Academy of Tech and Arts – Halle Dunn as Hildy Esterhazy (On the Town)
Central Cabarrus – Safiatou Souare’ as Aida (Aida)
cfa Academy – Sarah Ann Burke as The Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods)
Charlotte Christian – Phoebe Son as Ella (Cinderella)
Charlotte Country Day – Alana Markel as The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone)
Charlotte Latin – Sophie Hardy as The Witch (Into the Woods)
Covenant Day – Keller Jones as Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)
Cuthbertson – Maggie Tisdell as Ariel (Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
Davidson Day – Analise Mallick as Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act)
Independence – Jada Eve as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenniere (The 25th Annual Putnam Co Spelling Bee)
Kings Mountain – Skylar Smith as Sally Brown (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Lake Norman – Olivia Watson as Peter Pan (Peter Pan)
Nation Ford – Cassidy Saidon as Mayzie (Seussical)
Northwest School of the Arts – Renee Rapp as Sandra (Big Fish)
Piedmont Community Charter – Bianca Moten as The Witch (Into the Woods)
Pine Lake Prep – Piper Loebach as Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family)
Providence Day – Tessa Giordano as Leading Player (Pippin)
Providence High – Sophie Lamm as Ella (Cinderella)
SouthLake Christian – Madeline Duever as Lucy Van Pelt (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
Stuart W. Cramer – Lauren Pace as Godmother (Cinderella)
Weddington – Millie Stevens as Winnifred (Once Upon a Mattress)

The schools competing include: A. L. Brown High School, Arborbrook Christian Academy, Ardrey Kell High School, Bandys High School, Bunker Hill High School, Butler High School, Carmel Christian School, Central Academy of Technology & Arts, Central Cabarrus High School, Central High School, cfa Academy, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Christ the King Catholic High School, Covenant Day School, Cuthbertson High School, Davidson Day School, East Mecklenburg High School, Gaston Day School, Hickory Ridge High School, Highland School of Technology, Hough High School, Independence High School, Jay M. Robinson High School, Kings Mountain High School, Lake Norman High School, Lincolnton High School, Mountain Island Charter School, Nation Ford High School, Northside Christian Academy, Northwest Cabarrus High School, Northwest School of the Arts, Northwestern High School, Piedmont Community Charter, Pine Lake Preparatory, Providence Day School, Providence High School, Shelby High School, South Mecklenburg High School, South Pointe High School, SouthLake Christian Academy, Stuart W. Cramer High School, theHUB@CBTC, Weddington High School, Westminster Catawba Christian School

For more information: BlumenthalArts.org/BlumeyAwards.

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