CHARLOTTE – Ardrey Kell High School’s “Curtains” won top honors at the 2019 Blumey Awards on May 19, earning the Wells Fargo Best Musical (Tier 2, budget of $10,000+).
“It is humbling to receive this award because the talent in the greater Charlotte area is truly astounding,” Director Terry Gabbard said, giving credit to his students. “Their dedication to theater is a never-ending source of inspiration to me.”
That inspiration led the theater and fine arts departments to their second best musical award in two years. Ardrey Kell is the first school to win back-to-back years in the eight seasons the Blumenthal Performing Arts has produced the Blumey Awards.
Principal David Switzer called the win “unprecedented and inspiring for others.”
“The students, staff and parent volunteers have made a positive, lasting impact on the entire AK community,” Switzer said. “We are truly blessed to have such talented people who work tirelessly to put on the best shows.”
In addition to best musical, Ardrey Kell also received the award for best ensemble/chorus.
Photos and story by Frances Hill