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What’s the Purpose of The Blumey Awards?

Our goal is to recognize, reward and encourage talent and achievement in musical theater among high school students and highlight the importance of musical theater and arts education in general. Blumenthal Performing Arts joins Wells Fargo in bringing this new opportunity to Charlotte.

How are The BLUMEY AWARD winners selected?

A panel of three Blumenthal-selected judges will attend and score each participating production based on detailed guidelines. 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%. Scores will be tabulated and certified by LBA Haynes Strand, 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 19.

What happens at the Award Ceremony on May 19?

Winners will be announced in 14 categories and called to the Belk Theater stage to receive their BLUMEY. The ceremony also will entertain the audience with excerpts from the six shows nominated for the Wells Fargo Best Musical Award. Finalists for Best Actor and Best Actress also will perform medleys that highlight each student’s skills and abilities. Additionally, two students from each school will perform in the opening and closing numbers. A 17-piece band consisting of local professional musicians will accompany all of the performances. The music will be being arranged by professional orchestrator, composer and conductor David Dabbon of New York.

Are there other programs like this around the country?

More than 30 cities host similar programs. Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, a competition for high school musicals was conceived 20 years ago by Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Since then, the concept has spread across the nation, and in 2009, an annual national awards program, The Jimmy Awards, named after James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Producing Company of America, was created to provide a week of professional training in New York for students named best actor and best actress at the regional awards.