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Seniors Got Talent Information – Lexington

On August 12th, 2021, 10 Seniors performed in the Big Show “Seniors Got Talent” at the Lexington Opera House.

Congratulations to all contestants for a superb performance! First place and the $250 cash prize went to Richard Ryan with his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Second place went to Robert Mullinax who played the Native American Flute. John Sirasky took third place with a beautiful ukulele performance.

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Enjoy a short recap of Morning Pointe Seniors Got Talent Lexington, KY 2021. Mark your calendars for next August for the 2022 3rd Annual Seniors Got Talent Lexington, KY!

Host: Luanne A. Franklin

Director of Performing Arts for The Lexington Center Corporation

Luanne Franklin is the Director of Performing Arts for Lexington Center Corporation / The Lexington Opera House.  She is responsible for booking and marketing national touring companies and professional artists for the Broadway LIVE and Variety LIVE series at the Opera House; as well as sponsorship, and development. She is also responsible for supervision and operations of the theatre. She works directly with local arts organizations that use the historic theatre for their home stage, as well as commercial rental clients. Luanne is employed by Lexington Center Corporation, and she works closely with the Opera House Fund, the not-for-profit organization that offers financial support to much of the programming at the theatre.

Luanne holds a B.A. degree in Education from the University of Kentucky, where she also served as a UK Wildcat cheerleader.  In addition to her work at the Opera House, she formerly choreographed numerous Broadway musicals for Lafayette High School and spent 30 years as Director of Town & Village School of Dance, in  Paris, KY.


Whit Whitaker

Executive Director for
The Lyric Theatre

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.”

Alexander Guzman

Fashion Designer & Kentucky Ballet Theatre Solo Dancer

Alexander Guzmán was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. After graduating from high school, he began to study fashion design with renown Puerto Rican designer Rene Cruz. He began his dance career at the age of fifteen in the Ballet Señorial Company. Alexander has trained with different professors from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Russia and United States. Mr. Guzman participated in several competitions including World Ballet Competition and International Dance Competition. His repertoire includes, The Nutcracker, Dracula, La Ventana Pas de Trois, Friends of Giselle, Carmen, Beethoven, Swan Lake Pas de Trois, Laurencia, La Peri Pas de Deux, and many others. In 2016, he traveled to Orlando, Florida to perform at ‘’Disney Performing Art,’’ taking at the Epcot Center and Universal Studios. Mr. Guzman is currently a fashion designer under the name Alessander lee, also one of the lead instructors at the KBT academy. Lee has designed and created costumes for Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s productions of The Nutcracker, The Wizard of Oz, Carmen, Dracula and dance repertory productions. Internationally, Lee created more than 15 costume designs for The Nutcracker in the production of Ballet de Camaguey in Camaguey, Cuba. Currently he designs exclusive fashion and costumes for a wide range of events and ballet productions. Mr.Guzman joined the Kentucky Ballet Theatre company in 2017 in Ballet Under the Stars and looks forward to his fourth season.

Austin Robinson

Owner & Director for
Edge Music Therapy, LLC

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.

Lyndy Franklin Smith

Artistic Director for the Lexington
Theatre Company

Co-founded The Lexington Theatre Company (The Lex) alongside her husband, Jeromy, as a way to give back to her hometown and to the musical theatre industry.  She enjoyed a successful performance career including working on Broadway, National Tours and in regional theatres around the country.  Now, her greatest joy is supporting and nurturing creativity so that we can all generously contribute to our communities. She is the Artistic Director for The Lexington Theatre Company and teaches in their Artist Development Program. You can hear her each week, hosting the podcast “Beyond the Fourth Wall” for The Lex.  The book she co-authored Broadway Swings: Covering the Ensemble in Musical Theatre is available on amazon.com.

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