Forty-two high school acts will move on to the Semi-final round of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s (FoxPACF) 12th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on Sunday, January 16, 2022. These acts will vie to be finalists and compete onstage at The Fabulous Fox Theatre for over $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.
“We are so pleased with the positive response to the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition from students, parents, arts organizations, and the community. The Foundation is happy to be able to provide this opportunity for students and to give students the opportunity to shine,” said Mary Strauss, St. Louis Teen Talent Competition creator, FoxPACF Founder and Board President.
This year 106 students performed live on stage for the Preliminary round, representing 59 bi-state high schools and homeschoolers. Contestants receive feedback and insight from panels of arts professionals to encourage, inspire and improve these high school students’ craft.
“Performance art is more important than ever, and our next generation of artists are ready to launch their careers. We cannot wait to raise the curtain!” stated the Foundation’s Executive Director Judy Cullen.
Semi-finalist acts include singers, musicians, dancers, acrobats and a trapeze artist. A complete list of students/schools can be found here. Semi-finalist acts will be judged on technical ability, interpretation, stage presence, and originality. Judges for the Semi-final round of competition are arts professionals representing a cross-section of the St. Louis performing arts community. A complete list of Semi-final round judges is available on the FoxPACF website.
The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finals will be on stage at the Fox Theatre in front of a live audience February 11, 2022. The final event is FREE and open to the public. Ticket information will be posted on the Foundation’s website and social media sites. Complete guidelines and information about the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition can be found on the FoxPACF website.
The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation reintroduced the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in 2011 to showcase the St. Louis region’s most talented teens in the performing arts. The 2021 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition winner was vocalist Troy Staten from McCluer High School. Other past participants have been seen on NBC’s The Voice (Joanna Serenko 2019 and Audriana Bartholomew 2017), American Idol (Christina Jones 2017), and toured with the Broadway shows like Hamilton (Yvette Lu 2013). A complete list of the past nine years of winners and finalists can be found on the FoxPACF website.