Hour-Long Special on Nine PBS Features Finalists of Regional Teen Talent Competition

Third Annual Teen Talent Competition Special Spotlights Students Competing at the Fox Theatre in April


St. Louis, MO—May 1, 2013—A synopsis of The Great Gatsby in rap and cellists who groove were among the acts that made the finals of the 2013 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. All 19 teenagers who made the finals will perform in the hour-long special, Third Annual Teen Talent Competition, broadcast on Nine PBS Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 a.m.


The preliminary round of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, organized by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, drew 155 acts, which were whittled down to 37 for the semifinals and 12 for the finals. Finalists receive scholarships, prizes and opportunities to perform on local stages.


“The level of talent this year was remarkably high,” said Patrick Murphy, producer of Nine’s Third Annual Teen Talent Competition broadcast.  “Word is getting around, more schools and students are participating, and the process is more selective.”


The finals, which took place on April 12 at the Fox Theatre, were judged by theater professionals including Broadway star and St. Louis native Ken Page, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis artistic director Steve Woolf and Muny executive director Mike Isaacson. In addition to the performances, Third Annual Teen Talent Competition will feature interviews with the students.


The finalists are: Grant Riew (John Burroughs School) and Christopher Halen (Whitfield School); D. Kenneth Tate (homeschooled) and A. Joseph Smith (Webster Groves High School); John Li (MICDS); Paul Springer, Lonnie Howard, Cornelius Igwe and Anthony Pawnell Jr. (Hazelwood East High School); Mikaiah Krueger (homeschooled); Michaela Marie Wolz (Eureka High School); Nathan Eswine and Abigail Oldham (Webster Groves High School); Darci Kardell  (Incarnate Word Academy) and Gabriel Lawton (Greenways Academy); Sam Krausz (St. Louis University High School); Yvette Lu (Parkway West High School); Gabe Newsham (St. Louis University High School); and Dominique Milam (Clayton High School).


The Third Annual Teen Talent Competition broadcast is underwritten by St. Louis Community College.


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