'2017 Senior Talent Show' auditions underway


ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) - From magic tricks to belting out their favorite songs, the senior citizens over at the Rose Park Senior Center are doing their best as they prepare for the upcoming talent show.

KRBC had the chance to meet with a few of them earlier during the auditions, seeing what the show means to them.

Seniors 55 and above showed that they still got it!

"You're sort of limited when you get older, as to what you can do for entertainment and I could read you so many books and television," singing contestant Audrey McBride said.

Audrey McBride has been with the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center for six years.

McBride said performing is not new to her. Singing and being on stage is what she has always loved to do.

"I like to entertain people. I've been doing it since I was 15 years old. I sang with a band at 15 and I got paid! It's a great way, you have fun and you get paid," McBride said.

Only 20 to 25 acts will make it through to the next round.

Rose Park volunteer and judge Teresa Glasscock said she and the other judges are looking for variety in performances.

"People think that we just don't have as much interest in life anymore but truly if you came up here, you would see there are people that sing beautifully and have multiples of talent," Glasscock said.

This year, the center is not focusing on a winner because it stressed out contestants in the past...

"We're just going to let everybody perform and give them some type of recognition that they do have a talent," Glasscock said.

63-year-old Jay Zugai tried out for the first time this year. He said he has three main hobbies and wanted to showcase them in his act.

"I enjoy performing magic and I enjoy training my dog and I enjoy riding a skateboard, so I just incorporated all three of those," Zugai said.

He and his 5-year-old dog, Eli, are actually preparing for a bigger competition in September called the Texas State Magic Competition.

"I thought this would be a great way for us to smooth out our act, so to speak," Zugai said.

The senior center will continue with auditions on July 23.

The actual talent show will take place on August 26 at 2 p.m., at the Abilene Convention Center.

Tickets are 3-dollars. Seniors at Rose Park get in for free.

Each contestant will receive a trophy and a $25 gift card.

The proceeds of the event will go to all senior centers in Abilene.

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