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Best of high school musicals
Inaugural Blumey Awards honor stage performance
 
Published Monday, May 21, 2012 12:47 pm
by Herbert L. White

Kyle Conroy of Jay M. Robinson High School, Taylor Neal of Cuthbertson High and South Point's production of "Jekyll & Hyde"  are the best of the best in high school musical talent.

PHOTO/LACY KELL
The inaugural Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards opened and closed with rousing performances by nominees showing off their best onstage at Belk Theater.

The inaugural Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards were held on May 20 at Belk Theater with winners in 13 categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Musical. 

South Point, a Gaston County school, won Best Musical for “Jekyll & Hyde.”  Conroy earned the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Neal won Best Actress for her portrayal of Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.”

Sixteen high schools from Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Union counties were nominated for Blumeys.

“I’m so proud of the remarkable creative talent in our community,” Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard said. “The ceremony itself was a joy to watch and I’m glad the students had the opportunity to perform on the Belk Theater stage like our Broadway shows do and perform for a packed house.  These kids will have memories to last forever.”

Charlotte Christian School’s Bethany Kinect and Northwest School of the Arts’ Lexie Wolfe earned $10,000 annually renewable scholarships from the Doctor Family Foundation.  

The Blumeys, created by Blumenthal Performing Arts, is modeled after similar programs in more than 30 U.S. cities to recognize the best in high school musical theater.

The competition started in February when schools presented their annual musical productions. Each performance was viewed and evaluated by a panel of three judges, who awarded points according to contest guidelines.  The six highest scoring nominees in each category were the finalists.  

Blumey Award winners:

Wells Fargo Best Musical – South Point High School, "Jekyll & Hyde."

Best Actor – Kyle Conroy (Jay. M. Robinson High) “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Best Actress – Taylor Neal (Cuthbertson High) “Beauty and the Beast.”

Best Supporting Actor – Matt Verner (Jay M. Robinson High) “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Best Supporting Actress – Emma VanDeVelde (Charlotte Christian School) “West Side Story.”

Best Featured Performer – Robert Briner (Northwest School of the Arts) “West Side Story.”

Best Overall Direction – South Mecklenburg High, “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Best Ensemble/Chorus – Charlotte Latin School, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Best Choreography Execution – Northwest School of the Arts, “West Side Story.”

Best Student Orchestra – Hickory Ridge High “Urinetown.”

Best Costume Creation – Cuthbertson High School, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Best Lighting Execution – South Point High “Jekyll & Hyde.”

Best Set Construction – South Point High “Jekyll & Hyde.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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