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Teen Talent Competition Celebrates STL’s 250th w/ “St. Louis Blues” Theme for Final Event

MO/IL bi-state teens’ dreams come true on the stage of The Fabulous Fox as they compete for scholarships & prizes at FREE Broadway-style family event on Friday, April 4!

2014 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
2014 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
PRLog - Mar. 19, 2014 - ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis’ 250th birthday will be celebrated in Broadway-style on Friday, April 4th at The Fabulous Fox Theatre!  As part of the city’s year-long celebration, the4th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition (http://www.foxpacf.org/teen-talent-showcase.aspx)will center their production around the iconic W. C. Handy song “St. Louis Blues.”  The 8pm show will kick-off with a birthday cake and musical number featuring the Fox Tellerettes and continue the theme throughout the evening.  This family event is FREE and open to the public.  Tickets are required and available now at no charge at The Fox box office and through Metrotix.com.

12 metro area high school acts will perform on The Fox stage as they compete for college scholarships, prizes and performance opportunities (a list of acts can be found on their website (http://www.foxpacf.org/teen-talent-showcase.aspx)).  New this year, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) has added a special $1,000 “Audience Choice Award” to the more than $25,000 in scholarships and prizes that will be distributed among the top competitors. The audience will now be able to choose their favorite act the night of April 4 at The Fox.  A full list of prizes along with official event information can be found on the FPACF website.

Finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at area events throughout the year. 2014 public appearances scheduled to date include The Muny, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, National Dance Week Celebration, Midtown Taste Art Fair and Webster Grove’s Art & Air Festival.

The judges for the finals have careers spanning film, TV, and Broadway.  Two new special guest judges this year are Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013, and David Halen, Concertmaster with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Returning judges are Ken Page, native St. Louisan and Broadway performer; Carl Nappa, Independent Producer, Engineer and Executive Director of Technology & Sound Engineering at Nelly’s ex’treme Institute in St. Louis; and Mike Isaacson, Executive Producer of the Muny and Producer with Fox Theatricals in New York.  Students will be judged on technical ability, stage presence, interpretation and originality.

St. Louis native Tony Parise, Broadway actor, director and choreographer is writing the script and directing the finals.  He will be working with choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (also a St. Louis native) to prepare the final acts to compete in front of a live audience at The Fox.  Finalists include tap, hip hop and contemporary dancers; classical and contemporary musicians; rappers and singers; and a hula-hooper.

The FPACF reintroduced the competition in 2011 after a 25 year hiatus to showcase 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.  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. They will be back to make a special appearance on April 4th.

Videos of the competition process by Miano.tv are available on our own channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com (http://www.schooltube.com/channel/foxpacf/).  The past three years of stories posted provide viewers a glimpse ofwhat is in store.

The community response to this FREE event has been amazing and grown over the past three years with “sold out” crowds at The Fox.  Additionally, The Nine Network will once again broadcast a special hour-long program on the 2014 competition (with support from St. Louis Community College) on Monday, May 12 at 7pm giving more than 120,000 additional viewers the opportunity to experience the event.

PLEASE NOTE:  All seating is general admission. There is a limit of 10 tickets per transaction. Seating is first-come-first-seated, and is not guaranteed.  The theater will be over-sold to ensure a full house.  Please arrive early.

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.

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