A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4TH ANNUAL TEEN TALENT COMPETITION. Twelve acts, which included tap dancers, classical musicians and vocalists, brought the crowd to its feet as they performed for thousands of dollars in college scholarships and other special prizes. First-place honors went to ‘Daring Donesha,’ DONESHA BUHR of Fresh Start North Academy/Circus Harmony, for her dazzling hula hoop routine to Overture. Donesha received a $7,000 scholarship underwritten by Ameren, and presented by TOM AND CAROL VOSS. The competition, founded by Fox Theatre maven MARY STRAUSS, aims to foster the emerging talent in the local performing arts community.
An attorney who helped break racial barriers for local African American lawyers is the recipient of the 2014 Inspiring St. Louisan by the NAACP’s St. Louis County Branch. STEVEN COUSINS, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale, will be honored during the organization’s 76th Annual Freedom Fund Fellowship dinner on Tuesday, June 3, at The Ritz-Carlton. Cousins, who joined Armstrong Teasdale in 1980, was the firm’s first African-American lawyer. He became its first African-American partner in 1987. He is the founder of the firm’s Financial Restructuring, Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice group.
The spotlight will on a Chaminade alum on the Peabody Opera House stage later this month when the BLUE MAN GROUP returns to St. Louis. TERRY TUNGJUNYATHAM joined the production in 2007, and performs as one of the strings players. Tungjunyatham, a native of Thailand, credits his high school alma mater and its arts program for encouraging him to pursue a career he loves. “It was there that I was given the opportunity to play music live in front of an audience,” he says. “If it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t be performing as a musician today.” Blue Man Group will be at the Peabody April 25 to 27.
Over at the Fox, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will play a two-week run beginning April 29. Joining American Idol stars DIANA DeGARMO (‘Narrator’) and ACE YOUNG (Joseph) will be former St. Louisan RYAN WILLIAMS, who we’re told steals the show as Pharaoh.
It was a star-studded affair in St. Louis this weekend for the WIZARD WORLD ST. LOUIS COMIC CON, a pop culture convention that draws fans of graphic novels, comic books, TV shows, movies, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. Spotted hobnobbing with attendees were actors SEAN ASTIN (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies), RALPH MACCHIO (The Karate Kid) and LOU FERRIGNO (The Incredible Hulk). Thousands of St. Louisans joined others from across the country at America’s Center to participate in celebrity Q&As, costume contests, movie screenings, parties and more during the three-day event. This is the second year for the event in St. Louis.
A Creve Coeur fourth-grader is the new International Junior Miss Missouri Princess. EVIE THEODOROU, who attends St. Clement of Rome, will represent Missouri to compete for the national title in late June. Evie volunteers for the Children’s Miracle Network, Take Steps for Kids, and for upcoming events for Friends of Kids with Cancer and Sunshine Ministries. Her hobbies include tennis, dancing, swimming and modeling. Her proud family includes parents VAN AND JESSICA THEODOROU and brother ARI. The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships based on achievement and service, is designed to encourage self-awareness in young women.
Make plans for the 15th annual LADUE DOGWOOD PARADE & FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 10. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ladue Horton Watkins H.S. and end at Ladue Middle School for the Taste of Ladue Festival. The festival, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature more than a dozen food booths from neighborhood restaurants like Truffles, Deer Creek and Lester’s, as well as inflatables, live music and giveaways. Ladue residents and groups are encouraged to participate in the parade. Registration forms are available at Ladue City Hall or by visiting cityofladue-mo.gov.