Seniors Got Talent Information – Lexington
If you are a Senior or know of a Senior who has a talent to share, register today for FREE tryouts! 10 Seniors will perform in the Big Show “Seniors Got Talent” on November 19 at the Lexington Opera House. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners will receive GRAND PRIZES at the show!
See What Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent is All About
Enjoy a short recap of Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent, Middle Tennessee 2018, held at the historic Franklin Theatre. Seniors Got Talent 2019 is coming to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, September 10 at 7pm, The Franklin Theatre, again, October 22, 7pm and the Lexington Opera House, November 19, 7pm. Mark your calendars, sponsor the big shows and show your support for seniors and the work of the Morning Pointe Foundation.
Bill Meck – LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist
Since before the turn of the century Bill Meck has been bringing Kentuckians their weather with an award winning blend of humor, education and accuracy. During that time he’s seen well over 100,000 Kentucky kids with his Bill’s Weather 101 program which takes the science of meteorology and makes it simple and fun for the students to understand. He’s also emceed numerous events including the Lexington Music Awards, Lakeside Live, The Kentucky Rose of Tralee, various galas and fund raisers, as well as being a featured reader with the Lexington Philharmonic. He also speaks to many clubs and service organizations during the year. For over a decade he was the voice of the Man O War Swim conference in Lexington and for 4 years was the PA announcer for Lexington Catholic soccer while his daughter, Olivia, played.
Bill’s dream of being a TV weather guy began around the age of 6, and he has the books that he shows at every Bill’s Weather 101s to prove it, but became a reality at the age of 20 when he went on the air as morning and weekend weatherman for WOI-TV in Des Moines. After graduating from Iowa State he moved to Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he met his wife, Connie. He’s also worked in Roanoke and Indianapolis before finding his home in Lexington. Connie now runs a successful business in Lexington and Olivia has graduated from UK and is on track to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Away from the station, Bill is an Advisory Board member for the Salvation Army and also chairs the annual LemonAid Days. He’s served on committees at the local and state level regarding severe weather safety. Originally from Chicago, he still passionately cheers for the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. He also is a long time season ticket holder for UK football and enjoys the large tailgates with friends and family. His unique hobby is a collection of several hundred antique beer cans (none of which he drank!).
Whit Whitaker, a native of Detroit, Michigan who now makes Lexington, KY his home, is a performing artist who has performed in the United States and abroad, most recently South Africa in July 2019 and is the current Executive Director of the historic Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. He is a local favorite on the theatre stage and has performed in many productions with several performing arts organizations, including Central Kentucky Theatre, The Kentucky Opera, the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, the National Chorale, the Brazeal Dennard Adult and Youth Chorales, the KentuckyBach Choir, The Lexington Singers, the American Spiritual Ensemble, Message Theatre, Antagonist Productions, Kentucky Conservatory Theatre/Summerfest, and Woodford Theatre. Some of Mr. Whitaker’s most memorable performance roles include “Othello” (Othello), “Pasha Selim” (The Abduction from the Seraglio), “Don Quixote/Cervantes” (Man of LaMancha), “King Arthur” (Spamalot), “The King of Siam” (The King and I), “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” (The Meeting), and many stage performances in UKOT’sannual It’s A Grand Night for Singing musical revue.
In Mr. Whitaker’s “spare” time when he is not faithfully executing his duties as Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre, he can be seen teaching fitness classes for the YMCA of Central Kentucky, Volunteering in the community, performing solo concert and theatrical works with collaborating pianists, or on stage as a lead singer and percussionist with his local band The Mercy Men. I am honored and happy to be a part of this wonderful event in support of the wonderfully talented senior performers whose wisdom, souls and thirst for life embody the best parts of us all.”
Paul Martin is a Grammy winning former lead singer/guitarist of country pop supergroup Exile. Martin grew up in Kentucky, but moved to Nashville many years ago where he met and married Jamie Allen. Jamie is the daughter of Duane Allen, lead vocalist for the legendary Oak Ridge Boys, and Norah Lee Allen background vocalist for 40 plus years at the Grand ‘Ol Opry. Martin has spent many years performing with other country artists like Kathy Mattea, Steve Wariner, The Oak Ridge Boys, and most recently Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives. In 2015, Paul and Jamie, along with their four children, March, Kell, Texas and Tallant, formed a band called “Rockland Road” and began performing all over the country. They have performed at the White House, The Grand ‘Ol Opry, The Country Music Hall Of Fame, The Library Of Congress, as well as many fairs and music festivals across the U.S. They have just completed a new project featuring songs written by the band.
Austin Robinson earned his BA in music theory and composition from Eastern Kentucky University (2001) and his MM in music therapy from the University of Kentucky (2015). He is the owner and director of Edge Music Therapy LLC, a private practice music therapy provider in Lexington, KY. He provides services to many populations including children and adults with special needs, senior adults, and early childhood.
Austin currently serves on the Kentucky State Task Force for Government Relations, a joint effort of the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists. He began serving as the conference coordinator for the Southeastern Region of the Music Therapy Association in 2016. His research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, music therapy as surgical/procedural support, and music and Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Norbe Risco
Has served as Artistic Director of Kentucky Ballet Theatre since 2001. Mr. Risco began his dance training in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1980. He graduated in 1988 from the Professional Art School. Upon graduation, he was invited to dance as a guest artist at the Teatro Nuovo in Turin, Italy. On his return from Italy, Mr. Risco was invited to join the Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso. In 1990, he became Principal dancer and toured to Greece, Cyprus, Brazil, Venezuela, Jamaica, Mexico, Martinique and Guadeloupe Islands. In 1993 he joined the Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico, under the direction of Ann Marie D’Angelo and Fernando Bujones (1995-1996). Mr. Risco has also worked with choreographers and dancers such as Melissa Haydn, Cynthia Gregory, Kevin McKenzie, and Ivan Nagy. He has been a member of Ballet Theater of Chicago and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His repertoire includes roles such as Albrecht in Giselle, Franz in Coppélia, Colin in La Fille Mal Gardée, Dracula in Dracula, Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Siegfried in Swan Lake, and Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.