8th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Announces Call for Entries

2018 Event Provides Scholarship, Instructional, Educational and Performance Opportunities for St. Louis Metro Area High School Students

St. Louis/September 20, 2017Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FoxPACF) is pleased to announce the 8th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent CompetitionRegistration is FREE and is now open online for all high school students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area at foxpacf.org. This contest follows a competition format with students vying for more than $30,000 in college scholarships, cash awards, and prizes as well as performance opportunities while showcasing talented teens in the bi-state metro area who excel in performing arts. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile radius from the Arch in all directions. 

More than 225 senior high schools and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the 8th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. The call for entries deadline is December 1, 2017. Performing arts categories include (but are not limited to): Singer, Actor, Musician, Dancer, Musical Theatre, Rapper, Comedian, Magician, or Specialty Act–which may include up to six students performing as a group and can perform original or published material. “We hope students who are passionate about the performing arts will register for the competition,” said Mary Strauss, President of the FoxPACF Board of Directors.

New this year is a Pre-Registration Seminar “What It’s All About” held on Sunday, October 1, 2018 at The Sheldon that will provide an overview of the entire experience for anyone interested in competing. Once registered, students will also have access to Pre-Competition Workshops that delve deeper into the auditioning process, audition techniques, etiquette, song choice, attire, etc. Registration for all of the workshops is available online at foxpacf.org.

Judges for both the Preliminary and Semi-final competitions are professionals representing a cross-section of the St. Louis performing arts community and entertainment industry who give constructive performance advice to each act individually.  Each round of competition will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round. Acts will be judged on technical ability, interpretation, stage presence and originality. Professional insight regarding auditioning tips and techniques along with scholarship opportunities throughout every level of the competition benefit for any high school student looking to improve their performance skills and education.

The Preliminary Round will be held at the end of February/early March 2018 and the Semi-final Round will be held in March 2018.  The final competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at The Fabulous Fox is a professionally staged production, adjudicated by both St. Louis and national performing arts professionals. This final event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the 1st Place $8,000, 2nd Place $6,000, and 3rd Place $4,000 scholarships awarded at the Final Round, restricted scholarship opportunities to Lindenwood University, Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis will also be available to students taking part in the competition. Each Finalist will also be eligible for unique public performance opportunities within the St. Louis area.  Finalists from the past six years have performed at The Muny, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, Webster Groves Art & Air Fair, Taste of Maplewood, St. Louis African Arts Festival, Winter Opera St. Louis, and the Strauss Park Alive Rising Stars Showcase. Further details on these opportunities can be found here.

“We have been 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 and on other stages around St. Louis. We are pleased that we are able to put talented young people in the spotlight,” said Strauss.

Call for Entries

8th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

Register on-line: www.foxpacf.org/teen-talent-showcase.aspx

For additional information about this and other Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation events, please visit www.foxpacf.org

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.  In addition to the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation also produces a variety of other performing arts programs that focus on youth including Kids’ Night at the Fabulous Fox, Broadway Master Classes, Educational Encores, and is a producing partner of the 2nd Annual St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. 

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