The 2018 Adult Finalists
Laurel Blankenship lives in La Porte, but spent the last year in Chicago attending Columbia College studying musical theatre and was a member of the dance team and the show choir. She graced the stage for the first time in 3rd grade as a munchkin in New Prairie High School’s production of The Wiz, and hasn’t been able to leave the stage since. Some of her favorite roles have been Lucy in 13, Marty in Grease, Logainne in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Fiona in Shrek the Musical. Laurel also is a cantor at Sacred Heart Church. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and ukulele, drawing, hanging out with her friends. She would like to thank her mom, grandma, and friends for their love and support. She also thanks Jonita Lattimore, and Broadway composer/performer, Drew Gasparini for helping her find and strengthen her voice.
Abigail Bradley is from Plymouth, In but lives in La Porte, In at the Worthy Women Recovery Home. She came to WWRH on January 4th, 2018 from the Marshall County Jail due to a Heroin Overdose. Abby spent years locked up for using drugs. She now has found the Lord and realizes that she is meant for something more than running the streets. In High School, she struggled with stage fright during choir. She knows now that singing, playing the guitar and piano are gifts from God. Abby thanks her adopted parents, Vern and Etha Bradley and her two sisters Amber and Sarah for their support in her recovery. Abby wants to thank Sonshine Troche, Ex. Dir. of WWRH, her Mentor Deb Marsh, her coach Sue McClain, and her Worthy Women Recovery Home Family for helping her overcome stage fright and helping her realize that she is WORTH IT.
Mike Green is a 1999 graduate of LaPorte High School and a 2004 graduate of Valparaiso University’s Theatre Arts program. Since then, he has stayed active in music through work in bands as well as solo performance for events such as Arts in the Park and wedding masses through St. Stanislaus in Michigan City.
Julia Obendorf and Rachel Lenker
Julia Obendorf and Rachel Lenker are sisters from Middlebury, Indiana where they currently reside with their lucky husbands and adorable children. As 2 of 9 siblings, they were once young arch enemies and often could be found having screaming matches much to their angelic mother’s dismay. However, on the frequent occasions their father forced them to sing together (thanks, Dad), they caught a glimpse of the potential harmony that living harmoniously could bring. Eventually, they both grew up to become more like best friends than worst enemies, and have had the honor of opening for events like B100 Birthday Party, Fallen Officer Memorials, Elkhart Grand Prix, and many others with the singing of the National Anthem. They both currently serve as worship leaders/team members at New Life Christian Center in Bristol, Indiana.
Bob Penney is a resident of Valparaiso, and grew up in West Lafayette. He is an attorney with Huelat & Mack in La Porte. He has has performed with Fourth Street Theater, Chesterton, Chicago Steet Theater, The Memorial Opera House and the Star Plaza. Favorite roles include Father in Ragtime and Max in Sunset Boulevard. Before moving to Northwest Indiana, he performed with theaters in Washington D.C., Cincinnati and Indianapolis. He also sang with the National Cathedral Choral Society, the Cincinnati Symphony as a meber of the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, the Minnesota Orchestra with the Minnesota Chorale, the UCLA Chorale, the UCLA Opera, and the Saint Paul Cathedral and Cincinnati Cathedral choirs. He was a voice performance major at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and also studied at UCLA and Indiana University, Bloomington. He thanks his parents, and his wife, Jen for her love and support.