Twelve metro area high school acts brought the crowd to their feet at The Fabulous Fox Theatre as they poured their hearts and souls out on stage at the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition finals.
The 22 students comprising those acts also were competing for more than $30,000 in college scholarships and special prizes. Judging the acts was a distinguished panel of performing arts professionals with careers spanning film, TV and Broadway.
And when the judging was done, Audrianna Bartholomew, a senior at Fort Zumwalt West was awarded the Capes Sokol Musical Theatre Scholarship worth $2,500. The scholarship can be used for any advanced education or training of her choosing once she has graduated high school.
Mike Isaacson, artistic director of the Muny spoke with Bartholomew after the show about her goals for the future and possible opportunities that await her at the Muny.
Interpretation, stage presence, technical ability and originality were all taken into consideration to choose the following students for the top honors:
- First place [$7,000 college scholarship] and the Audience Award [$1000] went to pianist Royce Martin who performed an original piece “Safari Nzuri.”
- Second place [$5,000 college scholarship] went to Cianna Vo for her modern dance performance choreographed to Maya Angelou’s spoken word piece “A Brave and Startling Truth.”
Third place [$4,000 college scholarship] went to Gabrielle McNabb for her dance performance to “Speaking in Tongues.”
Martin is a 16 year-old sophomore at Grand Center Arts Academy. Vo, 17, is a junior at Webster Groves High. McNabb, 16, is a sophomore at Windsor High.
The group of 22 finalists also will have the opportunity to perform at a variety of events around the metro area over the upcoming year, giving them great additions to their professional resumes.
The finals were videotaped by The Nine Network for a special St. Louis Teen Talent Competition program to be aired on Monday, June 20 at 7 p.m. This special presentation will give a wider audience the opportunity to see St. Louis’ talented teens perform.