South Charlotte schools named Blumey Award nominees

Nominations for the third annual Blumey Awards, presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts and Wells Fargo, were recently announced, including nominations for several south Charlotte schools.

The Blumey Awards recognize and celebrate the best in high school theater and fosters even greater achievements in the future, according to a news release. This year’s culminating competition, which will feature nominees and name winners for all 12 awards, will be held on May 18, a Sunday, at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater. Tickets for the ceremony are on sale now and range from $30 to $45 for premium seats, which include a VIP pre-show reception. Tickets are available at www.blumen thalarts.org, by calling 704-372-1000 or at the box office in the Belk Theater lobby, 130 N. Tryon St.

The ceremony will feature live performances by the six finalists for Wells Fargo Best Musical, which includes Charlotte Latin School’s performance of  “Hello, Dolly!;” Providence Day School’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” and Providence High School’s performance of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

The Doctor Family Foundation also will award a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship to two student participants in The Blumey Awards. This year, Jessica Braun from South Mecklenburg High School is one of the two Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship award winners.

Seventy-two students and schools were nominated for the 12 Blumey Award categories, with six nominations for each category. This year’s south Charlotte nominees for the 11 categories in addition to Wells Fargo Best Musical include:

Best Set Construction: 

• Carmel Christian School, “The Sound of Music”

• Providence High School, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Best Costume Creation: 

• Ardrey Kell High School, “Seussical”

• Providence Day School, “Little Shop of Horrors”

Best Student Orchestra: 

• Ardrey Kell High School, “Seussical”

• Providence High School, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Best Choreography Execution: 

• Charlotte Christian School, “Fiddler on the Roof”

• Charlotte Latin School, “Hello, Dolly!”

• South Mecklenburg High School, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Ensemble/Chorus: 

• Charlotte Christian School, “Fiddler on the Roof”

• Charlotte Latin School, “Hello, Dolly!”

• Covenant Day School, “Curtains”

Best Overall Direction:

• Ardrey Kell High School, “Seussical”

• Providence Day School, “Little Shop of Horrors”

• Providence High School, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Best Featured Performer:

• Charlotte Latin School – Brendan Paschal as Barnaby Tucker in “Hello, Dolly!”

• South Mecklenburg High School – Wesley Fields as Riley/Hortensio in “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Supporting Actor:

• Charlotte Christian School – Evan Ector as Perchik in “Fiddler on the Roof”

• Charlotte Latin School – Michael Julliard as Cornelius Hackl in “Hello, Dolly!”

Best Supporting Actress: 

• Ardrey Kell High School – Rachel Buksbazen as Jojo in “Seussical”

• Providence High School – Meredith McNairy as The Drowsy Chaperone in “The Drowsy Chaperone”

• South Mecklenburg High School – Jessica Braun as Lois/Bianca in “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Actor: 

• Charlotte Christian School – Graham Baker as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”

• Providence Day School – Thomas Laub as Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors”

• Providence High School – Jonathan Walls as Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Best Actress: 

• Ardrey Kell High School – Mckenzie Wilson as The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical”

• Carmel Christian School – Ashlyn Uribe as Maria Rainer in “The Sound of Music”

• Covenant Day School – Evan Bertram as Georgia Hendricks in “Curtains”

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