On February 11th the fourteen finalists of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition competed live on stage at the Fabulous Fox. Students vied for $50,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and special prizes. A full list of prizes and winners along with official event information can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s website. This year’s competition winners were revealed at the conclusion of the event.
$8,000 First place prize underwritten by Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust
Aubory Bugg, Vocalist & Guitarist
Performing “Dancing in the Streets” by Stephen Day
Trifecta, Partner Acrobatics
Dennis Bailey, Eliot Bailey, and Ethan Ryan
Performing to “Three for the Win” by Dr. Jeffery Carter
$6,000 Second place prize underwritten by John Russell
Noah Van Ess, Vocalist
Lindbergh High School
Performing “Let It Sing” from the musical Violet by Jeanine Tesori & Brian Crawley
$4,000 Third place prize underwritten by Sally Johnston
Tony Pittman, Contemporary Dancer
Fort Zumwalt East High School
Performing to “Earthquake” by Andries de Haan
The $1,000 cash Audience Choice Award went to dancer Hannah Stebe from Fort Zumwalt East High School.
The panel of judges are performing arts professionals with careers spanning film, the recording industry, television and Broadway. They judged the acts on interpretation, stage presence, technical ability and originality. The professionally produced show was written and directed by Tony Parise (Broadway actor, dancer, director and choreographer). Acts were also advised by musical director Stephen Neale, and choreographer Yvonne Meyer Hare (Professional Dance Center).
The Finals were filmed by Nine PBS for a special St. Louis Teen Talent Competition program scheduled to air on Monday, April 11 at 7 pm. This special presentation will give a wider audience the opportunity to see St. Louis’ talented teens perform. The Competition will also be available to stream online at ninepbs.org/teentalent later this spring.
The 13th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will take place on April 8, 2023. Pre-registration for the competition is now open. Additional information about this event and other programs can be found at the Foundation’s website.