Area Performing Arts Students Compete in
Teen Talent Showcase on the Nine Network
Special Hour-Long Living St. Louis Features Highlights of Talent Competition
Staged at the Fox Theatre in May
St. Louis, MO—May 11, 2011—Teenagers from 12 area high schools will perform in the finals of the St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase in an hour-long Living St. Louis special broadcast on ninePBS. Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase will air Monday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m.
The St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase, a competition organized by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, invited 180 St. Louis area high schools to participate in the contest. Kids representing 50 schools participated in the preliminary round, with each school entering one act of from one to six students. The original 50 entrants were whittled down to 25 for the semifinals and 12 for the finals. Prizes include scholarships, cash prizes for schools and opportunities to perform on local stages.
All of the finalists will appear on Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase. The finals, which took place on May 6, were staged and produced by theater professionals. Judges included actress and St. Louis native Phyllis Smith of NBC’s The Office. In addition to the performances, Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase will feature footage students shot while preparing for the competition using small-format digital cameras supplied by the Nine Network. Some of these videos are posted online at www.ninenet.org/teentalentshowcase.
The finalists are: Gabby Merz and Maggie Dailey (Trinity Catholic High School); Grace Seidel (Villa Duchesne High School); Tre’Von Griffith, Kimberlin Parson, Randell McGee, Amber Lunceford, Kayla Kelly and Dorian Guilford (Central Visual & Performing Arts High School); Mei Ling Robin (Circus Harmony); Dana Rae Warren (Clayton High School); Tramon Richard, Calvin Burgess, Cortez Brown, Danisha Hogue, Zarinah Williams and Adrienne McClellan (Soldan IS High School); Timika S. Lewis (Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School); Intisar Faulkner, Ashle Rene Pegues, Vesta Greene and Sabrina Harris (Hazelwood East High School); Nicole Cuneo (Francis Howell North High School); Melvin Williams, Rondell Patterson, Joshua Bailiff, Eric Porter and Eddie Williams (Riverview Gardens High School); Micah Manaitai Garrido (Crossroads College Prep High School); and Coral Hezel, Savannah McCord, Ashley Meyer, Haley Dixon and Abby Wicks (Mehlville High School).
The broadcast of Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase is underwritten by St. Louis Community College.
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