Ms. Colorado Senior America – 27th Crowning highlights the “Age of Elegance”
Ms. Jeanne Nott, from Loveland, was crowned Queen at the 27th Annual Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant which was held at the PACE Theatre- Parker, Co on Saturday, October 23, 2021. Queen Jeanne’s court consists of first runner-up Ms. Joanie Ryan, and second runner-up Ms. Marla Downer, both from Aurora. Other contestants who competed were Deejay Johnson, Liz Palmer, Kitty Robb, Pris Schnell, and Lisa Wilson. The 2022 Queen was crowned by the outgoing 2021 Queen, Dr. Marilyn Chipman from Aurora.
On Saturday Jeanne took the stage with a Senior Comedy routine that had the audience in laughter. However, this is not the first time on stage. Jeanne first appeared on stage at the age of four as a pineapple in the “Fruit Bowl Ballet” at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Vineland, N.J. She toured Europe as a soprano soloist with the Pfeiffer College Concert Choir. Her acting credits include Judith Bliss in Main Street Players production of “Hay Fever,” M’Lynn in Moon Theatre Company’s “Steel Magnolias” and Jean in “Good People” at Bas Bleu Theatre. Jeanne performs stand-up comedy at Senior Centers and Assisted Living Homes in Northern Colorado. “Why Nott Laugh?”
The talent this year included singing, lyrical dancing, a bilingual speaker, inspirational speaker, pianist, and comedy. The distinguished judges this year were Susan England (Ms. Tenn. Senior America 2019-20), Ken Goodwin, Tina Miller, Wes Muncil, and Virginia Quinones.
This year was the return of the spectacular Co-Emcee Duo – Michelle Rahn, Ms. Colorado Senior America 2004 and winner of Ms. Senior America 2004, and Mr. Tony David (Wildefire), an entertainer who has graced Colorado and many charities with his voice and charity work.
This spectacular event included both visiting and local royalty. Ms. Senior America 2021, Ms. Laura Morgan made her first state pageant visit and sang a “Sound of Music Medley”, which helped win her the title. Judge Susan England, Ms. Tenn. Senior America 2019-20, sang a stirring song from the Greatest Showman, “Never Enough” and Mr. Tony David sang “Portrait of my Love”. René Green, Colorado State Pageant Administrator/Director, along with her Chairs, Product Manager Carol Swanson – Ms. Colorado Senior America 2009, Judges Committee Chair and Club President – Yvonne Guzman-Rodriquez, Technical/ Talent Development, and Club Vice President -Judy Rowe, along with Stage Design – Annette Germinario, Opening Number – Jan Carney, Trophies – Kathy Saidy, Backstage – Cyndy Oberdier, Pianist -Linda Holloway (Ms. Colorado Senior America 2008), Makeup- Nancy Pulc, Hospitality – Sharon Parry, Dressing Room Assistance – Marge Bunkers and Jan Carney, and all the Colorado Cameo Ladies in our Chorus and Tambourine Presentations.
The pageant’s second act had more than 10 Ragtimers from Colorado perform their Cameo Club favorite “Maple Leaf Rag” Tambourine routine. It was spectacular! Contestants then graced the stage modeling their beautiful evening gowns with poise and elegance walking the full length of the stage with turns and poses showing themselves to best advance. They also presented their 35 second or less Philosophy of Life. Then after a presentation of 27 years of Colorado Queens, contestants returned for the crowning.
What an exciting afternoon! This marked the 27th Anniversary of the annual pageant, created to give honor to women who have reached the age of elegance, 60+ years of age. The pageant’s theme “The Power of the Dream,” celebrated the tremendous wealth of beauty, talent, and experience that senior women want to share with their communities and each other.
The Pageant is a charitable organization and Cameo club, its supporting arm, performs at various venues throughout the Denver Metro Area. These ladies are to be commended for voluntarily working together to create such a wonderful afternoon of pageantry. To learn more about the current Queen, or to become a contestant for the Fall 2022 Pageant visit www.colosramerica.com.
These women exemplify that seniors are the foundation of our nation and an example of what vitality and a spirit of community can do to help keep America strong. Bring your good wishes as Queen Jeanne will represent Colorado when she competes for the national title of Ms. Senior America in the 2022 Ms. Senior America Pageant at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA., September 5- 9th, 2022.