ST. LOUIS — Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation announces the fifth annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in the spring of 2015.
Online registration to enter is open for St. Louis metropolitan area high school students. There are no fees to participate. The event will follow a competition format with students vying for scholarships, special awards, prizes and the opportunity to compete in the finals on The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on Friday, April 24. This event showcases teens who excel in the performing arts. Finalists from the past four years have performed at the Muny, Sheldon Concert Hall, Six Flags, Fair St. Louis, Kranzberg Arts Center, Shakespeare Festival Green Show, Webster Groves Art and Air Fair, Midtown Taste, and with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.
More than 180 senior high schools, homeschool networks, and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the fifth annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. The call for entries deadline is Nov. 21. Contestants must be enrolled in the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2014-2015 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile radius of the Arch. The preliminary round will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1. Acts may include up to six students performing as a group.
“We hope students who are passionate about the performing arts will think creatively and register for the competition,” said Mary Strauss, president of the FPACF. Performing arts categories include (but are not limited to): singers, dancers, actors, musicians, rappers, comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, and circus skill artists. Contestants may perform with original or published material.
Finalists in past years have included an aerialist, musicians, classical/rap/pop singers, a whistler, dancers, jugglers, a spoken word artist and baton twirlers. The 2014 winner of the competition was Hula Hooper “Daring Donesha” Buhr of Fresh Start North Academy and Circus Harmony.
The three preliminary round locations for Saturday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 1, are St. Louis Community College/Forest Park, UMSL’s J.C. Penney Conference Center and Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus auditorium in Illinois. St. Louis Community College/Forest Park will host the semi-final round on Saturday, March 28.
High school students can respond to the “call for entries” and register online at www.foxpacf.org.
Each round and location will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round of competition. Judges for the preliminary and semi-final rounds are arts professionals from the St. Louis region who are asked to give each act constructive verbal feedback immediately after they perform. The finalists will compete on The Fox stage as part of a professionally produced show on Friday, April 24. The final competition at The Fox is taped by the NINE Network of Public Media and later aired on KETC as a one-hour broadcast. St. Louis Community College underwrites the TV broadcast.
Students placing first, second and third will win college scholarships. Contestants who advance to the semi-final round will be eligible for various prizes, special awards, and college scholarships (full list available at www.foxpacf.org). Finalists will also be provided performance opportunities within the St. Louis area arranged by FPACF and by request.
“We are thrilled with the response to this event from students, parents, arts organizations and the community. The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is uniquely positioned to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox. We are pleased that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight onstage at the Fox and at other venues in St. Louis,” Strauss said.
Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation fosters, promotes, and encourages young people in the St. Louis region to discover and participate in the joy and wonder of live performances.