CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Outstanding high school musical theater performances Sunday night had the audience at the Belk Theater giving standing ovations!
I was thrilled to be involved again in this year's Blumey Awards celebrating musical theater that rivals the best on Broadway. The fifth annual Blumey Awards included forty three schools from nine counties within the Charlotte region.
The concept of the Blumey's is to honor hard-working and talented student artists and their teachers. It's also a great opportunity to bring the community together to show its appreciation for performing arts within our schools.
This year I was joined on stage with co-host Amy Burkett, General Manager of WTVI, the PBS station in Charlotte. We had so much fun watching and listening to such incredible talent.
As in previous years, the Belk Theater suddenly felt like its address was on Broadway in New York City, not Tryon Street in Charlotte. The house was packed, not an empty seat!
Two high schools were awarded the Wells Fargo Best Musical, and they're divided into two categories: Tier One Schools, which have a theatrical budget of under ten thousand dollars, and Tier Two Schools, with budgets over ten thousand dollars.
In the Tier One category, the Wells Fargo Best Musical Blumey Award went to CFA Academy in Concord for Mary Poppins.
The Wells Fargo Best Musical Blumey Award for a Tier Two School went to Central Academy of Technology and Arts for their production of Ragtime.
Every year students chosen for the Best Actor and Best Actress awards go to The Jimmy Awards. The Broadway League puts on the Jimmy's every summer. It is almost like the Tony Awards but for high school students. So for this year's Best Actor and Best Actress winners, Justin Rivers and Amina Faye, both of Central Academy of Technology and Arts Summer of 2016 will be one to remember.
If you've never been to the Blumey Awards, mark it on your calendar. The Blumenthal Performing Arts does a spectacular job of presenting some of the greatest talent in America, young men and women growing up right here in our own backyards.
Next year's Blumey Awards ceremony is May 21st at the Belk Theater.
For those of you who missed the great show, you can watch a broadcast version of it on WTVI PBS Charlotte on Tuesday, June 14 at 8 p.m.
For a list of all the performers who took home Blumey Awards, click here.