Registration is open online at foxpacf.org for all performing arts high school students in the metro area to compete in the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Ninth Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

Students will be vying for more than $40,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and prizes as well as performance opportunities. Contestants must be enrolled in the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2018-’19 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile bistate radius from the Arch.

More than 225 high schools and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the Ninth Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

Registration is free and open through Dec. 1. Performing arts categories include (but are not limited to):

Singer, actor, musician, dancer, band, comedian, magician, circus act or specialty act — which may include up to six students performing as a group and can perform original or published material.

A “What It’s All About” preregistration seminar will be held in October to provide an overview of the entire experience for anyone interested in competing. Once registered, students will also have access to pre-competition workshops that delve deeper into the auditioning process, audition techniques, etiquette, song choice, attire, etc.

Registration for all workshops is available online at foxpacf.org.

Judges for both the preliminary and semifinal competitions are professionals representing a cross-section of the St. Louis performing arts community and entertainment industry who give constructive performance advice to each act individually. Each round of competition will have a panel of at least three judges who will adjudicate and advance acts to the next round.

Acts will be judged on technical ability, interpretation, stage presence and originality.

Professional insight regarding auditioning tips and techniques along with scholarship opportunities throughout every level of the competition benefit any high school student looking to improve their performance skills and education.

The preliminary round will be held in early February 2019 and the semifinal round will be held in March 2019. The final competition set for Saturday, April 13, at The Fabulous Fox will be a professionally staged production, adjudicated by both St. Louis and national performing arts professionals.

This final event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the $8,000 scholarship for first place, $6,000 for second place, and $4,000 for third place that will be awarded at the finals, restricted scholarship opportunities to Lindenwood University, Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis also will be available to students taking part in the competition.

Each finalist also will be eligible for unique public performance opportunities within the St. Louis area.

Finalists from the past eight years have performed at The Muny, National Dance Week, Taste of Maplewood, Gateway Grizzlies, Shakespeare Festival, Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, Winter Opera St. Louis and The Rising Stars Showcase.

Highlights and winning performances from the 2011 through 2018 events are currently posted on the FoxPACF YouTube and SchoolTube channels and provide viewers a glimpse of what the competition is all about.

For more information, people should visit www.foxpacf.org.