2014 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition
- April 11, 2014
-- On Friday, April 4th
, twelve metro area high school acts brought the crowd to their feet at The Fabulous Fox Theatre as they poured their hearts and souls out on stage at the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finals. Twenty students competed for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and special prizes (full list of awards here (http://www.foxpacf.org/
. Our distinguished panel of performing arts professionals - with careers spanning film, TV and Broadway - had the difficult job of judging the acts.
Technical ability, stage presence, interpretation and originality were all taken into consideration to choose the following students for the top honors: 1st
place ($7,000 college scholarship)
went to Donesha Buhr (Fresh Start North Academy/Circus Harmony) who performed a hula hoop routine to “Overture”
from CHICAGO (picture attached). 2nd
place ($5,000 college scholarship)
went to “Underground Tappers” (Central Visual & Performing Arts High School) for performing an a Capella tap number. Christopher Frey, Marquis Houston and Wes Ragland (Webster Groves High School) took the $3,000 scholarship for 3rd
place as well as the new Audience Choice award for their performance of the original work “Hip Hopera” (Pictures available upon request
Several special awards went to finalists and semi-finalists. Thanks to all of our donors
for funding the awards. A list of all prize winners can be found at the FPACF website. The group of twenty finalists will also have the opportunity to perform at a variety of events around the metro area over the upcoming year, giving them great additions to their professional resumes.
The Broadway-style show was written and directed by Tony Parise (Broadway actor/director)
and choreographed by Yvonne Meyer Hare (Professional Dance Center). This year, the event celebrated St. Louis’ 250th
birthday and included a performance by last year’s first place winners “Two Mellow Cello Fellows.” In addition, the Fox Tellerettes performed and emcee Ben Nordstrom (Kevin Kline Award winner) kept the program running smoothly with humor and song.
The Finals were videotaped by The Nine Network for a special St. Louis Teen Talent Competition program to be aired on Monday, May 12th
at 7 p.m. This special presentation will give a wider audience the opportunity to see St. Louis’ talented teens perform. The 5th
Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition at The Fox has been scheduled for April 24, 2015.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.