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Northwest’s ‘Shrek the Musical’ wins 9 of 12 Blumey Awards

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
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    Leading and supporting actor and actress nominees get into “What It’s Really About” as the 2014 Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards begin Sunday, May 18, at the Belk Theater. The third annual awards festivities culminated at a gala award celebration, where winners in 12 categories were announced.
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    Best actor Mekhai Lee (left) and best actress Abby Corrigan dance in the opening musical number during the 2014 Blumey Awards at the Belk Theater.
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    “What It’s Really About” gets the night’s honorees hyped at the start of the Sunday, May 18 awards gala.
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    Mistress of Ceremonies Maureen O’Boyle makes her entrance during the Sunday, May 18, opening production number at the 2014 Blumey Awards at the Belk Theater.
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    Providence Day School, which was one of the Best Musical Nominees, performs the selection “Skid Row” from “Little Shop of Horrors” during the Sunday, May 18, opening production number at the 2014 Blumey Awards at the Belk Theater.

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  • 2014 Blumey Awards
  • The Blumey Awards

    Wells Fargo best musical

    Northwest School of the Arts – “Shrek the Musical”

    Best actor

    Northwest School of the Arts – Mekhai Lee as Shrek (“Shrek the Musical)

    Best actress

    Northwest School of the Arts – Abby Corrigan as Princess Fiona (“Shrek the Musical”)

    Best supporting actor

    Northwest School of the Arts – Phillip Johnson as Donkey (“Shrek the Musical”)

    Best supporting actress

    Northwest School of the Arts -- Keston Steele as Dragon (“Shrek the Musical”)

    Best featured performer

    Northwest School of the Arts – Hank Santos as Pinocchio (“Shrek the Musical”)

    Best overall direction

    Northwest School of the Arts – “Shrek the Musical”

    Best ensemble/chorus

    Northwest School of the Arts – “Shrek the Musical”

    Best choreography execution

    Northwest School of the Arts – “Shrek the Musical”

    Best student orchestra

    Providence High School – “The Drowsy Chaperone”

    Best costume creation

    South Pointe High School (Rock Hill) – “Tarzan”

    Best set construction

    South Pointe High School – “Tarzan”

    Charlotte Observer Student Critic Award

    Weddington High School – Mary Alex Staude



The cast of Northwest School of the Arts’ “Shrek the Musical” took home nine of the 12 top prizes at the annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards on Sunday, including best musical and best actor and actress.

Next up for the cast and crew: final exams.

Students from the top prize-earning Northwest School of the Arts and 39 other high schools in the Charlotte region were nominated for the awards, known as the Blumeys, which cover 12 categories of high school musical theater. Think the Tony Awards for high schools.

And like the Tonys, the Blumeys featured live performances – Providence Day opened the show with a number from “Little Shop of Horrors.” Charlotte Latin School performed a piece from “Hello, Dolly!” – and the finalists for best actor and actress also performed a medley of songs.

The annual awards show is produced by the Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Education Department and was held uptown at the Belk Theater.

Northwest School of the Arts, a magnet school for the performing arts off Beatties Ford Road, swept the top awards. In addition to the cast winning best musical, Abby Corrigan won best actress for her portrayal of Princess Fiona, and Mekhai Lee won best actor for his Shrek.

Hank Santos, who played Pinocchio in “Shrek the Musical,” was the first individual award winner. He showed up with black pants and a silver suit jacket and thanked a classmate who stepped in for some performances while he was sick.

“Wow, I wasn’t expecting this,” he said. “I wouldn’t have worn this tux if I was.”

Corrigan and Lee will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and weeklong stay next month in New York City, where they will train with other regional winners in the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

Each school’s musical was viewed and evaluated by a panel of qualified arts professionals. The six highest-scoring nominees in each of 12 categories were the finalists.

Charlotte is one of more than 40 cities, including Pittsburgh, Houston and Atlanta, that host annual high school musical theater awards programs.

Wells Fargo sponsored the black-tie event, and Maureen O’Boyle, a news anchor for WBTV, emceed. Local media personalities, community leaders and performing arts professionals presented the awards.

Along with their Blumeys, Lee and Jessica Braun of South Mecklenburg High School received the the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship, an annually renewable $10,000 scholarship.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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