Student performers from the 2013 Teen Talent Competition
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is holding its 4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition throughout this winter and spring. Hundreds of teens are competing for scholarships and the opportunity to perform at the Fox Theatre in April.
The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition showcases the St. Louis region's most talented teens in the performing arts. Student acts include singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians and circus skill artists competing as soloists or in groups of as many as six. Finalists in past years have included an aerialist, classical and pop singers and musicians, a whistler, dancers, jugglers, a spoken word artist, and baton twirlers. The 2013 winners of the competition were Grant Riew from John Burroughs School and Christopher Halen from Whitfield School as "Two Mellow Cello Fellows" performing their original arrangement "Pachelbel Pop."
The preliminary round of competition was Feb. 1-2 and featured 145 acts. Thirty-six acts will compete in the semi-finals on March 1 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. The final 10 to 12 acts will perform at The Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4, 2014. Free tickets will be available to this final competition through www.metromix.com, by calling 314-534-1111 or at the Fox Box Office (527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63103) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
"We are thrilled with the response this year from students, parents, arts organizations and the community" said Mary Strauss, President of the FPACF Board of Directors. "We are proud to provide the opportunity for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis and are delighted that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight."
Top competitors earn a combined total of $24,500 in scholarships and prizes. The first place winner receives a $1,000 scholarship from University of Missouri-St. Louis.