Information was provided by the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation.
The 3rd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition moves on to its semi-final round Saturday, March 2 when 37 high school acts take the stage to select finalists who will compete at The Fabulous Fox on Friday, April 12 (a complete list of students/schools can be found here).
The following local students advanced to the semifinal round March 2:
- Janine Norman, Ladue Horton Watkins, singer
- Two mellow cello players--Grant Riew of Burroughs and Christopher Halen, Whitfield
- John Li, MICDS, violinist
Wendy Uelk, pianist of Burroughs also performed outstanding in the preliminary round of the competition.
This year, 155 acts—30 percent more than last year—registered to compete. In early February the competition process began with a two-day preliminary round held at three locations. 37 semi-finalists were selected to compete on March 2.
Judges for the 2013 semi-final round include professionals from St. Louis performing arts organizations. A complete list of semi-final judges can be found on the FPACF website. Competitors are eligible to win scholarships, special awards and prizes as well as the opportunity to perform at area venues and events throughout the upcoming year. Last year finalists showcased their talents at The Muny, the Shakespeare Festival, Webster’s Art & Air Festival, Dancing in the Street and the National Dance Week Celebration at Union Station.
The Teen Talent Showcase was created and produced by Mary Strauss at the Fox Theatre in 1985 and 1986. The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) reintroduced the competition in 2011 to spotlight the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts; singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and circus arts performers.
This year’s competition process will be filmed by Miano.tv, and will be available on our own SchoolTube channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com beginning in mid-March. Highlights of last year’s event and the winning performances from the 2011 and 2012 Showcase can be seen on our SchoolTube and YouTube pages.
The official guidelines and information, including a complete list of scholarships and prizes for the third-annual 2013 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the Foundation’s website as well as on the FPACF Facebook page.