ST. LOUIS — The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation announces that the fifth annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will begin Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, with a record 216 performers taking the stage in the preliminary round of competition.
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation reintroduced the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in 2011 to showcase teens in the performing arts. Student acts this year include singers, dancers, musicians, and circus artists competing as soloists or in groups up to six people.
This year’s entries from 73 schools in the bi-state metropolitan area include an even larger number of students in a variety of acts including newcomers in the categories of wire walking and contortionist.
Judges for the first two rounds of competition will again include professionals from the St. Louis performing arts community.
The two days of preliminary competition will narrow the field from 148 to 35 acts. These acts will then compete in the semi-finals Saturday, March 28, at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, where the final 12 acts will be chosen to compete at The Fox on Friday, April 24. A total of more than $30,000 in scholarships and prizes will be distributed among the top competitors. Students also are eligible for scholarships from Lindenwood University, Webster University, UMSL and Southeast Missouri State University, plus gift certificates and other prizes. Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at area events throughout the year.
Complete information can be found on the foundation’s website.