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Looking Ahead: Tonight Our Blumey Awards Performers Take the Stage in NYC

June 30, 2014

It’s the start of another amazing and fabulous week here at the Blumenthal, and guess what’s happening tonight? The National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as The Jimmy™ Awards, in New York City. The winners of this year’s Blumey Awards are getting the chance of a lifetime by competing on a national scale in the program!

Left to right: Mekhai Lee abd Ashlyn Uribe are 'soaring' to new heights travelling to NYC for the Jimmy Awards.

From left, Mekhai Lee and Ashlyn Uribe are “soaring” to new heights, traveling to New York City for the Jimmy Awards.

On May 18, Mekhai Lee from Northwest School of the Arts and Ashlyn Uribe from Carmel Christian School competed in the annual Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards, a.k.a. The Blumey Awards, presented by Well Fargo, in May. Lee walked away with the best actor title , while Uribe was the fabulous runner up in the best actress category. (Abby Corrigan of Northwest School of the Arts won Best Actress but had to be replaced due to illness. Get well soon, Abby!)

Lee and Uribe are living the ultimate high school actor’s dream of going to NYC to compete in The Jimmy Awards as contestants for best actor and best actress on a national level. These two lucky stars will face representatives from dozens of other cities across the nation, performing their original monologues and pieces that got them to their spots in the first place!

This prestigious event is tonight at the Minskoff Theater on Broadway, which was extensively refurbished for Disney’s The Lion King! These two amazing-stars-in-the-making will get the opportunity to perform on a real Broadway stage. Traveling with them is Michelle Youngs, Blumenthal Performing Arts assistant director of education, who has been guiding them around the city and running with them to their rehearsals.

The production team behind The Jimmy Awards divided the 30 students into groups of five, based on what medleys they’ll perform. As we see these young actor’s smiling faces, we wish them the best of luck from all of us here at Blumenthal Performing Arts and their fans near and far. If you’d like to follow them on their journey, be sure to visit The Blumey’s Awards Facebook Page. Break a leg, you two!

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