St. Louis/February 20, 2018 – Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s (FoxPACF) 8th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition moves on to its Semi-Final round Sunday, March 25, 2018, when 46 high school acts take the stage at Kirkwood High School – Keating Center to select the final acts that will compete onstage at The Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 28th. The Finals are free and open to the public and are a professionally produced production, adjudicated by both St. Louis and national performing arts professionals (a complete list of students/schools can be found here).
“We are so pleased with the positive response to the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition from students, parents, arts organizations and the community. The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is delighted to provide this opportunity for students and we’re happy that we are able to give students the opportunity to shine,” said Mary Strauss, President of the FoxPACF Board of Directors. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION tickets for the Finals will be available beginning March 26th through Metrotix and at The Fox box office.
Judges for the Semi-Final round of competition are professionals representing a cross-section of the St. Louis performing arts community and entertainment industry. A complete list of Semi-Final round judges is available on the FoxPACF website.
This year, 100 acts competed in the preliminary round. 67 students, representing 37 bi-state high schools and performing arts organizations plus homeschoolers, make up the 46 acts that were selected as semi-finalists to compete on March 25th. Semi-Finalist acts include singers, musicians, dancers, baton twirler, aerialist, juggler, and musical theatre performers.
Each round of competition has a panel of at least four judges who adjudicate and advance acts to the next round. Acts are judged on technical ability, interpretation, stage presence, and originality. Throughout every level of the competition, professional insight regarding technique and performance skills benefit any high school student looking to improve their overall talent.
Registration for this competition was free and open to all high school students in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th through 12th grades 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.
Students in this competition are vying for more than $40,000 in prizes, cash awards, college scholarships, and performance opportunities. 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 Southeast Missouri State University and Webster University will also be available to students taking part in the competition. Additionally, each finalist will also be eligible for unique public performance opportunities within the St. Louis area. Finalists from the past seven 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 Rising Stars Showcase. Further details on these opportunities can be found here.
Complete guidelines and information about the 8th Annual 2018 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the Foundation’s website as well as on the FoxPACF Facebook page.
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.