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 April

 

St. Louis, MOMay 11, 2012—Eighteen teenagers from area high schools perform in the finals of the St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase in an hour-long Living St. Louis special broadcast on Nine PBS. Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase will air Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Young people representing 32 schools participated in the preliminary round of the St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase, a competition organized by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation. The original 118 acts were whittled down to 32 for the semifinals and 11 for the finals. Prizes include scholarships, prizes 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 April 27, were staged and produced by theater professionals. Judges included actress and St. Louis native Phyllis Smith of NBC’s The Office, and Broadway star and St. Louis native Ken Page. In addition to the performances, Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase will feature footage students shot while preparing for the competition. The students used small-format digital cameras supplied by the Nine Network.

The finalists are: Wes Ragland (Webster Groves High School); Marquis Cooper, Virgil Fisher and  DaJuan Johnson (Central Visual Performing Arts High School); Maggie Dailey (Trinity Catholic High School); Intisar Faulkner, Ashlee Renee Pegues (Hazelwood East High School) and Ciara Glenn (Pattonville High School); Lauren Geisz (Ursuline Academy); Anna Hebrank (Ursuline Academy); Ryan Himmel (Living Word Christian High School); Anissa Quilling (McCluer North High School); Kellin Quinn (homeschooled); Paul Springer, Anthony Pawnell, Cornelius Igwe and Lonnie Howard (Hazelwood East High School); and Jordan Ward (Parkway North High School).

The broadcast of Living St. Louis Special: Teen Talent Showcase is underwritten by St. Louis Community College.

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Marquis Cooper, DaJuan Johnson and Virgil Fisher competed as The Cotton Club at the Teen Talent Showcase.Marquis Cooper, DaJuan Johnson and Virgil Fisher competed as The Cotton Club at the Teen Talent Showcase. Photo credit: Dave Lowder