In-person tryouts are happening now for the 3rd Annual Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent variety show in Knoxville.
The show will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at The Bijou Theatre.
The Foundation puts on the show in conjunction with Morning Pointe Senior Living. However, auditions are open to any senior 62+, not just Morning Pointe residents. Ten to 12 seniors or senior groups will be selected from the auditions. Acts have included singers, musicians, dancers, poets, comedians and more. The grand prize winner will receive $500, and prizes will also be given to second- and third-place winners, as well as a People’s Choice winner determined by attendee votes.
All proceeds from the show will go to the Morning Pointe Foundation, 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization that provides caregiver support programs, sponsors educational awareness events, and funds clinical scholarships throughout the Southeast.
In-person auditions will take place Oct. 2-6 at local Morning Pointe Senior Living campuses, allowing residents to enjoy some live entertainment:
- Oct. 3, 2-4 p.m. at Morning Pointe of Hardin Valley (865-343-0081) – at 2449 Reagan Road, Knoxville, TN 37931
- Oct. 4, 1-4 p.m. at Morning Pointe of Powell (865-686-5771) and The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Powell (865-343-0089) – at 7700 and 7710 Dannaher Drive, Powell, TN 37849
- Oct. 5, 1-3 p.m. at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City (865-988-7373) and The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Lenoir City (865-271-9966) – at 155 and 198 Morning Pointe Drive, Lenoir City, TN 37772
- Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m. at The Lantern at Morning Pointe of Clinton (865-457-4005) – 960 S. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton, TN 37716
Interested seniors can submit audition videos online at https://morningpointefoundation.com/events/seniors-got-talent/knoxville/#Knoxville-Auditions. Acts showcasing talents of all kinds are welcome but should not exceed three minutes in length.
So far, acts signed up to try out include singers, pianists, guitarists, a dulcimer group and a belly dancing group.
“If you are age 62 years young or up and have a performing talent of any kind, don’t miss this opportunity to perform at the fabulous Bijou Theatre,” said Miranda Perez, Morning Pointe Foundation executive director. “We’ve heard from so many of our contestants through the years that this show is so much fun to be part of. It’s truly a special night, and each year, both contestants and audience members leave smiling and eager for the next year’s show.”
Ted Hall, evening anchor and managing editor at WVLT-TV Channel 8, is returning for the second time as master of ceremonies.
Tickets for the Morning Pointe Foundation Seniors Got Talent show are $10. They will go on sale in October.
The Morning Pointe Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Morning Pointe Senior Living. The 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization was created in 2014 to provide caregiver support programs, sponsor educational awareness events, and fund clinical scholarships to advance the care of seniors throughout the Southeast.
Morning Pointe also sponsors similar Seniors Got Talent competitions in Tennessee in Chattanooga, Franklin and Knoxville.
Founded in 1997 by Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. These include eight in the Knoxville area, in Knoxville, Clinton, Hardin Valley, Powell and Lenoir City.