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JUDGING & EVALUATION PROCEDURES

SELECTION OF THE AWARD RECIPIENTS

A performance of each participating school’s musical will be viewed and evaluated by a panel of three carefully selected judges. In addition to awarding points according to detailed guidelines, each judge, who will anonymously attend home venue performances, will produce performance and production commentaries for each school as a learning tool. When all of the musicals have been evaluated, all Blumey judges will meet to view taped excerpts of the musicals and complete the scoring process. To determine the results for each school, the scores of the judges who personally adjudicate the live performance are weighted at 65%, and the scores of those who only see the video excerpts, are weighted at 35%. Scores will be tabulated and certified by CohnReznick, a certified public accounting firm. The highest score will determine the winner in each category and winners will be announced during the awards ceremony May 21.

JUDGES

Blumenthal Performing Arts has recruited a panel of adjudicators consisting of qualified arts professionals to serve as The Blumey Award judges. Judges were required to attend a mandatory meeting in the fall that provided an extensive orientation of the program and the evaluation process. Judges evaluate how well a school does, based on that school's unique resources and challenges. The awards criterion emphasizes achievement, not budget or size of production.

JUDGING PROCESS

  • Judges are required to judge at least four schools and will not be assigned to a school with which there may be a conflict of interest.
  • Three judges will evaluate each school only once.
  • Following a given performance, each attending judge will individually complete an official evaluation form. Each judge will include detailed comments and scores for the twelve award categories. Judges must provide feedback for all categories—even those for which a school is not eligible to compete.
  • When all of the evaluations have been received, all Blumey judges will meet to view taped excerpts of the musicals and complete the scoring process. To determine the results for each school, the scores of the judges who personally adjudicate the live performance are weighted at 65%, and the scores of those who only see the video excerpts, are weighted at 35%. DVD quality is not a factor in the decision making process.
  • The highest score will determine the winner in each category.
  • All actual scores will be calculated and kept sealed by the accounting firm until the awards ceremony.  

CATEGORY RULES

In keeping with The Blumey Awards’ mission of recognizing, rewarding and encouraging talent and achievement in musical theater among high school students, awards will highlight student effort, skill, and talent displayed at home venues, not the efforts and abilities of assisting professionals and others. Therefore, the use of individuals other than students and faculty will disqualify a participating school from competing in some award categories. However, the use of non-students/faculty in non-performance aspects of a home venue production will not disqualify participating schools in categories such as Best Musical and Best Ensemble/Chorus. (Faculty is defined as any full-time or part-time staff member  at the participating Blumey Awards school who is paid by the school district on an annual basis. One who is hired or volunteers to work on select productions throughout the year, or who is paid directly by the school or in any other manner, does not qualify as faculty.) 

  1. Overall Direction – Schools that use a director other than a faculty member and/or student are ineligible to receive the Best Overall Direction award.
  2. Student Orchestra – Schools that use more than one musician other than a faculty member and/or student are ineligible to receive the Best Student Orchestra award.
  3. Set Construction - Schools that use a set designer other than a faculty member and/or student are ineligible to receive the Best Set Construction award. Schools that rent, purchase as final product, or borrow more than 30% of their scenery or props are ineligible to receive the Best Set Construction award. Students MUST be involved in at least 50% of the construction labor to be considered eligible in this category.
  4. Costume Creation – Schools that use a costume designer other than a faculty member and/or student are ineligible to receive the Best Costume Creation award. Schools that rent, purchase as final product or borrow more than 30% of their costumes are ineligible to receive the Best Costumes award. Students MUST be involved in at least 50% of the costume-making labor to be considered eligible in this category.
  5. Individual Performance Awards – Only registered high school students are eligible to receive the following awards: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Featured Performer. 

Thank you to our 2017 Blumey Awards Sponsor

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