St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

John Yanev
Aubory Bugg
Jahnavi Vishnubhotla

Sean Petric
Barbapapa’s Groove
Tenpenny Tower
Kelsey Carnes
DemBari Taneh
Lexie Antolik
Ryan Egan
Better Than the Last
Kathryn Mayer
Midnight Rose Duo
Kyle Rehme
Lizzy Crowe

See a Complete List of All the Finalist Performers and Pictures HERE

Highlight Reel

Watch the 2019 SLTTC Finals Fabulous Fox Theatre April 13, 2019 Video Credit: NineNetwork

Guidelines for the Competition




In the spirit of fostering the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is proud to underwrite and produce an adjudicated competition showcasing the talented teens of the St. Louis region. Students are competing for college scholarships, cash awards, prizes, and public appearance opportunities. Students may compete in a talent category of their choice.  Examples of talent categories include, but are not limited to:

  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Dancer
  • Band
  • Comedian
  • Magician
  • Specialty Act, etc.

There are no fees to participate.

  •  Open to High School students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.* Students must be enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the 2019-2020 academic year to participate.
  • Students may only enter ONCE – either as a solo act or as part of a group.
  • Entries may consist of one (1) to six (6) students working together as a group in a cohesive presentation. Students in one group need not attend the same school.
  • Students may compete in a talent category of their choice.  Examples of talent categories include, but are not limited to Singer, Actor, Musician, Dancer, Band, Comedian, Magician, Circus Arts, Specialty Act, etc.
  •  Each act must perform a minimum of two (2) minutes and must not exceed four (4) minutes.
  • Acts must perform the same material at each round of competition.
  • Acts may not add or substitute a new student for another after the Preliminary Round of competition. All contestants must be completely registered prior to performing in the Preliminary round.
  • Acts should select material that is “family friendly” and age-appropriate. Content should not contain foul language or violent subject matter.  Acts which violate this rule can be disqualified.
  • Students must be available on the posted dates for Preliminary, Semi-final and Final Competitions as well as for the mandatory meeting and rehearsal dates for the Finals. Both students and parents will be asked to sign an agreement confirming their acceptance.
  • If a registered Act does NOT attend and perform at the Preliminary or Semi-Final Round of the competition, they will automatically be withdrawn from not only this year’s competition, but will also forfeit the right to register for next year’s competition.

* Metropolitan Area is limited to 50 miles from the Gateway Arch in all directions. To qualify for entry, a student’s High School (or home address if homeschooled) must fall within a 50-mile radius of the Arch.




Schedule & Dates



Mark your Calendars

Registration opens Sept. 1, 2019 for the 10th Annual SLTTC!

October 6, 2019 What Is It All About? Seminar

February 8 & 9, 2020 Preliminary Round

March 8, 2020 Semi-final Round

March 9, 2020 Finalist Production Meeting (required of all finalists)

March 11-22, 2020 One-on-One Rehearsal with Production Team (One 90-minute rehearsal will be scheduled during this week. Dancers must be available March 11th & 12th)

March 23-27, 2020 Production Studio Rehearsals (required of all finalists)

March 31-April 4, 2020 Tech & Dress Rehearsals at the Fabulous Fox (required of all finalists)

Finals on April 4, 2020 8:00 p.m. at the Fabulous Fox Theatre!



Technical Information


The Producers will provide the following equipment and personnel at all rounds of competition:  The Producers will provide the following equipment and personnel at all rounds of competition:

  • PA System
  • Microphones (up to 6)
  • Mic Stands (up to 6)
  • Stage monitor
  • Chairs (up to 6)
  • CD/Flashdrive Playback equipment (cell phones may not be used to play music)
  • Sound Operator
  • Piano
  • Piano Accompanist*
  • Basic Stage Lighting
  • Electricity

Any additional equipment must be provided by the students and at their own expense. Please contact the Foundation in advance to discuss technical needs at

*Acts must notify us in advance on their registration paperwork that they intend to use the piano accompanist that the FPACF provides. Acts using the accompanist will be asked to provide their sheet music in the correct key upon registering and in advance of the Preliminary Round.

College Scholarships & Cash Awards





 2020 College Scholarships and Cash Awards:

1st Place $8,000 Scholarship
underwritten by Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust

2nd Place $6,000 Scholarship 
underwritten by John Russell

3rd Place $4,000 Scholarship 
underwritten by Sally Johnston

Southeast Missouri State University
All students who compete in the Preliminary Round will be considered for a renewable scholarship.

Audience Choice Award
underwritten Fred & Odile Tompkins
The “I” Award
underwritten by Terry & Sally Schnuck
Keep Art Happening Scholarship
underwritten by Arts & Education Council of St. Louis
The Terry Lynford Classical Music Scholarship
underwritten by Terry Lynford
The Voss Family Originality Award
underwritten by Tom & Carol Voss
The Kranzberg Vocal Performance Award
underwritten by Ken & Nancy Kranzberg
The Berges Classical Performance Award
underwritten by Jim and Cathy Berges
The Fromm Family Dance Performance Award
underwritten by Ron and Cheri Fromm
The Mighty Wurlitzer Award for Keyboard Talent
underwritten by the St. Louis Theatre Organ Society
Most Valueable Performer Award

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation Board of Trustees


Scholarship opportunities will be posted as they are confirmed





Prizes & Performance Opportunities

2020 Prizes & Performance Opportunities 

The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Award
A student or act may be selected for the opportunity to participate in a
Chamber Music Society of St. Louis concert during their upcoming season.

The Gaslight & The Saint Louis Recording Club Recording Session
A student will have the opportunity to take part in a professional recording session
with Grammy-nominated Producer, Carl Nappa.

Ashleyliane Dance Company  Summer Class/Workshop Scholarship
Big Muddy Dance Company Summer Intensive Tuition
Capes Coaching “Artists in Action” digital career planning program
Circus Harmony Summer Camp Tuition
COCA Class Tuition
DaySpring Arts & Education Class Tuition
Gateway Center for Performing Arts Class Tuition
Next Stop Broadway Program Tuition
Magic Smoking Monkey Show Tickets
The Muny  Gift Certificate for two tickets to each Finalist
Professional Dance Center Class Tuition
St. Louis Shakespeare Show Tickets
STAGES Performing Arts Academy Class Tuition
St. Louis Ballet Summer Intensive Tuition

Public Performance Opportunities:

National Dance Week- April 25th
Taste of Maplewood- May 16th
Webster Art Fair- June 6th
St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Green Show- TBD
The Muny Pre-show- June 24th & July 24th
Greentree Festival- September 19th
Festival of Lights at Kiener Plaza-TBD

Public performances opportunities will be listed as they become available








Generous Supporters


Thank you to all of the generous supporters of the
2020 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition

Event Sponsors:

Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust
FoxPACF Board of Directors
David & Julie Capes
Ron & Cheri Fromm
Sally Johnston
Ken & Nancy Kranzberg
Terry Lynford
Carl Nappa
John Russell
Terry & Sally Schnuck
Mary Strauss
Fred & Odile Tompkins
Tom & Carol Voss





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Students will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges at each round of competition. Judges will select the best talent regardless of category (i.e. singer, actor, musician, dancer, band, comedian, magician, specialty act, etc.) The judging criteria at each level of competition will be: Students will be reviewed by a panel of qualified judges at each round of competition. Judges will select the best talent regardless of category (i.e. singer, actor, musician, dancer, band, comedian, magician, specialty act, etc.) The judging criteria at each level of competition will be:

  • Technical Ability
  • Interpretation
  • Stage Presence: personality and confidence
  • Originality

Semi-finalist Round Judges

Tali Allen– Director of Education at The Muny

Marc Gordon-Executive & Artistic Director and a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.

Zoe VonderHarr– St. Louis Actress and Choreographer

Lee Nolting– Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance Coordinator at COCA (Center of Creative Arts)

Ed Coffield– Director, Faculty of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University & Artistic Associate for The New Jewish Theatre

Preliminary Round Judges

Ashley Tate– Artistic Director of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC)

Darlean King– Vocalist with Unity Theatre Ensemble, The Legend Singers, The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre

Dominic Dowdy-Widnsor– STAGES Performing Arts Academy Director of Education & Outreach Voice & Musical Theatre

Donna Northcott– Founder of St. Louis Shakespeare and Magic Smoking Monkey

Gary Bell– Artistic Director of Stray Dog Theatre

Kelly Ging– COCA Teaching Artist

Keith-Williams– Artistic Director of Innervision Dance Theatre

Maria Ellis-Collegiate Assistant Choral Director for the University Singers

Matthew Kerns– Executive Director of the St Lou Fringe Festival

Millie Garvey– Professional Director/Choreographer

Ron Gibbs– Development Officer for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts at Webster University

Tim Schall– Executive Director St. Louis Cabaret Project


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