Fox Performing Arts Announces 2nd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase

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Registration for the 2nd Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition in Spring of 2012 is underway! The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) created this competition to showcase the St. Louis region's most talented teens in the performing arts. A change from last year's application process is that any high school student in the metro area is welcome to sign up, instead of last year's one submission per school guideline. "This allows more students to participate this year," said Mary Strauss, President of FPACF and event producer. Students may enter in, but are not limited to, any of the following categories: singer, dancer, actor, musician, comedian, circus arts, etc.

Applications are already pouring in from area performing arts teens, including many familiar faces from last year's competition including finalists Maggie Dailey from Trinity Catholic and members of the Soldan IS dance group who will be returning to show judges how they have improved and honed their skills over the past year. Stories of last year's contestants were chronicled through The Nine Network's "Our Story" program, which supplied students with Flip cameras to document their journey through the process. You can view these on our very own channel graciously donated by SchoolTube.com.

This year's event will follow a competition format with students competing for scholarships, prizes and the opportunity to compete in the finals on the Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on Friday, April 27, 2012. In addition to numerous prizes, finalists will have the opportunity to perform on stages at area events throughout the year. 2011 finalists showcased their talents at The Muny, Six Flags, the Shakespeare Festival, Dancing in the Street and the upcoming First Night St. Louis festivities in Grand Center. Other students from the 2011 competition have attended Camp Broadway in NYC and performed at the Foundation's Kids' Night on Broadway event at The Fox during the run of The Addams Family.

The tremendous community response to the 1st St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase was evidenced by a sold out crowd at The Fox and the approximate 75,000 additional people that tuned in to The Nine Network's hour-long program featuring highlights from the competition and finals at the Fox. "We were thrilled with the response to our first competition from both the schools and the community. The Foundation is happy to be providing this opportunity again this year for students to perform at the Fox and on other stages around St. Louis. We strongly encourage all performing arts students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the anticipation, hard work and thrill of a Broadway show-all on the Fox stage." said Strauss. Highlights of last year's event and Micah Garrido's winning performance from the 2011 Showcase can be seen on our YouTube page.

The 2012 admission form and complete guidelines can be found on the Foundation's website as well as on the FPACF Facebook page. Important dates for the 2012 showcase are:

Deadline for Registration: December 1, 2011
Preliminary Rounds of Competition: March 10 and 11th, 2012
Semi-final Competition: March 31, 2012
Final Competition on stage at The Fox: April 27, 2012

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.

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