March 8, 2013
-- On Saturday, March 2nd, 37 metro area high schools acts continued their journey toward college scholarships, prizes and performance opportunities by competing in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Semi-finals. Performing arts professionals judged the groups and narrowed the acts to 12 who will move on to the finals on Friday, April 12th at 8pm at The Fabulous Fox Theatre (a list of acts is attached and can be found on our website (http://www.foxpacf.org/
. The final competition is a Broadway-style show that is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required and available now at no charge at The Fox box office (http://www.fabulousfox.com/
usID=322) and through Metrotix.
The judges (http://www.foxpacf.org/
for the finals have careers spanning film, TV, and Broadway. Special guest judges this year are Missouri native Taylor Louderman, star of Broadway’s “Bring It On: The Musical,” and St. Louis native Annie Wersching, stage and TV actress best known for her role on “24” and who is now appearing on the new “Dallas.” Returning this year 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; Mike Isaacson, Artistic Director of the Muny and Producer with Fox Theatricals in New York; Steven Woolf, Artistic Director of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; and Adam Sage, Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theatre. New this year is Bret Dorhout, Vice President for Artistic Administration with the Saint Louis Symphony. Judges’ photos and bios are available upon request. Students will be judged on technical ability, stage presence, interpretation and originality.
St. Louis native Tony Parise (http://broadwayworld.com/people/Tony_Parise/
), Broadway actor, director and choreographer will write the script and direct 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. The Nine Network (http://ninenet.org/
) will once again broadcast a special program on the 2013 competition Tuesday, May 14th at 7 p.m. with support from St. Louis Community College. Over the past two years more than 120,000 viewers tuned in to The Nine Network’s hour-long program.
The Teen Talent competition was originally created and produced by Mary Strauss at the Fox Theatre in 1985 and 1986. The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) reintroduced the competition in 2011 to spotlight the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts.
This year’s competition process has been filmed by Miano.tv
, and clips can be seen on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/
and will be available on our own SchoolTube channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com (http://www.schooltube.com/
. Highlights of last year’s event and the winning performances from the 2011 and 2012 Showcase can also be seen on our SchoolTube and YouTube pages.
Information, including a complete list of scholarships and prizes, for the 3rd Annual 2013 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the Foundation’s website (http://www.foxpacf.org/
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 and promotes the performing arts in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, encouraging audiences of all ages and from all walks of life to experience the joy and wonder of live performance.