🎭 Area Schools Vie for Theatre Awards

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Pictured: Bryson Battle, 2021 Best Actor Award Winner
Photo Credit: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

 

The Blumey Awards is a regional High School Musical Theatre Awards program, and eight of our local Cabarrus County schools have nominated their upcoming musicals to be judged for the competition.

  • Why is it important? Because in 2021, the Blumey Best Actor Award went to our very own CabCo student, Bryson Battle of Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg.

Man Can Bryson Sing!

You may remember hearing Bryson Battle sing in person if you attended the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Breakfast for the Arts last year. However, if you missed it, you can watch him perform “Heaven On Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar” on Facebook.

“Bryson radiates when performing and brings a uniquely stunning voice along with an authenticity in his characterization that is absolutely captivating and a gift to audiences,” said Andie Maloney, Vice President of Blumenthal’s Education Department. “He is not only a brilliant actor but an exceptional person and we look forward to watching him flourish in the industry!” [See full article]

How the Blumey’s Work

Sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, the program recognizes, rewards, and encourages talent and achievement in musical theater among high school students within the Charlotte region. Schools are invited to register their musical performance to then be judged for the different categories.

  • A panel of three professionals view and evaluate a public performance of each participating school’s musical production in the school’s home venue. Judges then utilize a comprehensive rubric to score all qualifying categories.

When can you attend? Clearly, our high schools are putting on award-winning caliber performances, so why not plan a night out while supporting our local students? Two of the eight school performances are in February, with their links to tickets below. The rest of the schools did not have their ticket information available at the time this article was written, but follow their school websites or social media channels for information. Enjoy the show and tell them Cabarrus Weekly sent you!!

Cannon School
Freaky Friday
Feb 16-18 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $15 (free for Cannon employees, families, and alumni)
https://www.cannonschool.org/arts/theater/theater-productions

Hickory Ridge High School
Spongebob the Musical
Feb 23-25 at 7:00pm
Tickets: $10
https://hrhstheatreboosters.square.site/spongebob-the-musical

Concord Academy
Beauty and the Beast
March 9-10, 2023

Northwest Cabarrus High School
Orphie and the Book of Heroes
March 9-11, 2023

Central Cabarrus High School
Matilda The Musical
March 30-April 1, 2023

West Cabarrus High School
Into the Woods
March 30-April 1, 2023

Cox Mill High School
Mamma Mia!
March 30-April 2, 2023

A.L. Brown High School
Into the Woods
April 20-22, 2023

The 2023 Blumey Awards ceremony will be held at the Belk Theater, the home of the PNC Broadway Lights Series, on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Visit the Blumenthal website to see a full list of Award Categories.

 

Planning to visit? Tell ’em Cabarrus Weekly sent ya!


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