Tae Kwon Do, banjo picking, song and dance, and sexy seniors are on tap when Rose State College hosts the Ms. Senior Oklahoma America Pageant July 14 at the Performing Arts Theatre in Midwest City, from 2-5 p.m.
As with similar contests, the winner of the pageant will go on to represent the state of Oklahoma at the Finals, October 7-12, 2012 at Harrah's Resort Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
The pageant seeks to draw attention to women age 60 and over, to emphasize not only physical beauty but also “inner beauty,” talent and elegance. Contestants will face a panel of judges who will score them in categories of Evening Gown, Talent, Philosophy of Life, and finally, by an interview with all the judges.
Vickey Rose, Ms. Senior Oklahoma 2011, said the pageant is a focus of family fun for all ages, but is also a time for senior women to shine. A Wewoka native, Rose is an accomplished singer/songwriter for more than 40 years and plays standard and bass guitar, keyboard, and alto saxophone. She said contestants have exuberance as well as a lifetime of experience.
“We have the knowledge, and we have been through the fire,” said Rose. “We need to pass that on, especially to younger people.”
Lanese Craft, 2010 Ms. Senior Oklahoma and co-director of the pageant, said contestants sing, dance and display other talents that might surprise the audience.
“We have a lady who plays bluegrass banjo, a 90-year-old who’s going to dance to “Shake Your Groove Thing,” someone who performs a comedic scene based on Gone With the Wind, one who does Tae Kwon Do, and another who will perform from her latest CD…it’s going to be a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. And it’s going to be *hard* for the judges to choose the winner,” Craft said.
The “Tinker Flying High” big band from Tinker Air Force Base will perform prior to the pageant.
Joey Davault, Director of the Community Learning Center at Rose State College, said the college is a major sponsor of the pageant in order to underscore its community service to seniors through its non-credit health and wellness programs.
“We have so many different kinds of classes,” Davault said. Art classes, our health and wellness classes. We have a strong health and wellness program for people age 50-plus,” Davault said.
Sponsors also include Brookdale Assisted Living, Home Instead, and Midwest Regional Hospital, with transportation display provided by Bob Moore Cadillac, floral arrangements by Howard Brothers Florists, and a Red Carpet for the Review by Oklahoma Tile and Carpet.
Admission is free, with plenty of free parking available. The Performing Arts Theatre is located on the Rose State College campus in Midwest City, just off Interstate 40 and Hudiburg Drive.
Tue, June 5, 2012
by Ben Fenwick