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Teen talent showcased

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) recently announced that the preliminary round of its 5th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will be held Feb. 28-March 1 with a record 216 performers taking the stage.

Student acts this year include singers, dancers, musicians and circus artists competing as soloists or in groups up to six people.

Judges for the first two rounds of competition will again include a cross-section of professionals from the St. Louis performing arts community. The two days of preliminary competition, at three separate locations (Lindenwood University-Belleville, St. Louis Community College-Forest Park and University of Missouri-St. Louis) will narrow the field from 148 to 35 acts. Those acts will compete in the semi-finals on March 28 at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, where the final 12 acts will be chosen to compete at the Fox Theatre on April 24.

A total of more than $30,000 in scholarships and prizes will be distributed. Students are also eligible for scholarships from Lindenwood University, Webster University, UMSL and Southeast Missouri State University plus gift certificates and other prizes.

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