High stakes at the Blumey Awards

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The nominees have been announced and 15 winners will be named at the 2nd Annual Blumey Awards this Sunday evening at Belk Theater. Thirty-two high school musical productions are competing for bragging rights from across 16 counties in the Metrolina region. So literally hundreds of performers, teachers, classmates and proud parents will be sweating out the judges' verdicts - an ideal recipe for partisan pandemonium. But even if you're none of the above, there's plenty to enjoy: live excerpts from each of the six finalists for the Best Musical award - Young Frankenstein, Les Miz, Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon a Ma, Footloose and Oklahoma! - plus two showcase medleys featuring all the nominees for the coveted Best Actress and Best Actor honors. Those two winners get to participate in the national Jimmy Awards program in New York.

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Besides the high stakes, the high excitement and the high-octane talent, there's a chichi aspect to the proceedings hosted by WBTV anchor Maureen O'Boyle. Premium seat holders are invited to the 5:45 p.m. VIP black-tie reception before ambling over to the main event at 7 p.m. $30-$45. May 19, 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

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