County schools in running for Blumey’s

May. 01, 2014 @ 05:14 PM

Union County Public Schools is well-represented in the third annual Blumey Awards. 

The Blumey awards are run by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and open to high school productions in the region. The best actor and actress winners go on to compete nationally in New York City. 

Central Academy of Technology and Arts received five nominations for its production of “Pippin.” They were nominated for best set construction, best costume creation and best choreography execution. TJ Schmidt received a best supporting actor nomination for playing Charlemagne and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe received a best actress nomination for playing Leading Player. 

Cuthbertson received a best costume creation nomination for their production of Shrek: The Musical. 

Marvin Ridge High School received a best costume creation nomination and a best overall direction nomination for their production of Barnum.

Sun Valley High School received a nomination for best student orchestra for their production of The Drowsy Chaperone. 

Weddinton High School received a best student orchestra nomination for their production of The Sound of Music. 

The awards ceremony will be May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater in Charlotte. Tickets go on sale May 1 and range from $30 to $45 for premium seats, which include a pre-show reception. Tickets are available online at, by calling 704-372-1000 or at the box office in the Belk Theater lobby on N. Tryon Street in Charlotte. 

Maureen O’Boyle, a WBTV anchor is the night’s emcee. 

David Dabbon, a New York-based music director, conductor, orchestrator and composer, will be the musical director of the ceremony, where he will lead an orchestra of local professional musicians that will accompany the shows. 

There will be a medley of performances by the six best actor and best actress nominees, there will also be opening and closing performances. 

“We’re proud of the talent and hard work that is on display in these productions,” Blumenthal Performing Arts President Tom Gabbard said in a statement. “Last year’s Best Actress winner Eva Noblezada went on to compete in the Jimmy Awards in New York City, which opened doors for her to land the lead role in London’s West End revival of Miss Saigon. We couldn’t be more proud of her success and we look forward to celebrating and encouraging the budding talent of high schools students throughout our community, because that’s what it is all about.”