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The Colorado Pageant
The Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant is held in Spring each year.  It gives women who have reached the Age of Elegance (60 years of age or above) the opportunity to show their beauty, poise, personality, and talent in a competition that is scored by five judges whose backgrounds are related to their talents (such as singing, dancing, performing, or acting).  Contestants are rated as follows:

Interview: 30%
One of the most important aspects of the Pageant is for all judges to meet each contestant individually. It is during this personal interview that the judges have an opportunity to select a woman whose charm, personality, and conversational ability meets the ideals of Ms. Colorado Senior America.

Philosophy of Life: 20%
The Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant recognizes physical beauty but seeks to emphasize that true beauty comes from within. Each contestant presents a statement that conveys her “philosophy of life.”

Evening Gown: 20%
It is the philosophy of the Pageant that “clothes do not make the woman but rather, the woman makes the clothes.” In this contest the judges observe the poise and grace of each contestant.

Talent: 30%
The talent presentation is designed to encourage talent drawn from music, art, dance, theater arts, homemaking, etc., and demonstrate that talent does not diminish with age.

2018 Queen Gayle Novak
at the Memorial Day Parade in Commerce City, 2018
At the 2018 Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant held on Saturday, May 26,  Ms. Gayle Novak was crowned Queen.  

Gayle's upbeat and charming stage act to the song "Money, Money, Money" from the Broadway Musical "Mama Mia" was a crowd pleaser.  

Along with 11 other contestants, Gayle had a personal interview with the Judges privately before the pageant began.  Each contestant also presented their own personal philosophy of life, and modeled in evening gown.  In addition all contestants performed a talent act (comprised of five singers, four dancers, two pianists, and one comic).

All contestants were beautiful and well talented, making it a difficult choice for the five  judges to make their selection.  The judges were:  Jill Beam, Ms. Senior Texas 2015; Joey Canyon, Country Singer and owners of Joey Canyon Star Network; Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, Artistic Director for Fiesta Colorado Dance Company; Fran Owens, Ms. Senior Massachusetts 2007; and Mark Zwillling, Artistic Director for the Denver Women's Chorus.

Dr. Linda Lister  was named First Runner Up, giving a touching theatrical Latin dance  performance to Amy Grant's "You Are Not Alone," which was a tribute to her daughter who was killed several years ago.

Ms. Dee Clark impressed everyone with her rendition of "Summertime" from the Opera "Porgy and Bess," and was named Second Runner Up.

The pageant was based on the Theme, "My Fair Lady" and started off with a beautifully choreographed performance to the "Ascot Gavotte" from that Musical.  Many members of the Colorado Cameo Club and their husbands or other male friends dressed in black and white (with a touch of red) to epitomize the British gentry watching the Ascot Horse Race.  This was a beautifully done and entertaining opener to the Pageant (choreographed by Jan Harley, Ms. Senior Colorado 2002).    

The Pageant co-hosts were Ms. Michelle Rahn, who was Ms. Colorado Senior America 2004 and also Ms. Senior America 2004, along with Tony David who is a well-known local entertainer and club owner.  

As a special guest, Ms. Carolyn Slade Harden, the current 2017 Ms. Senior America, attended the pageant and performed twice.

Once again, the 2018 Pageant delighted and entertained the audience, and gave 12 wonderful contestants (all  over 60 years of age) the opportunity to compete and meet many new friends.

Please plan to attend the 2019 Pageant so you can experience the wonder of "Women of Elegance."
2018 Queen Gayle Novak with 2nd Runner-Up Dee Clark (left) and 1st Runner Up Dr. Linda Lister (right) after crowning
Photos by Rene' Green Photography