Laura Carns is thrilled to be a Hoosier Star Finalist! This is her first time performing in this amazing event, though she is no stranger to the stage. She has performed at many theaters across NWI, including Memorial Opera House, 4th Street Theater, and Chicago Street Theater. She was most recently seen as Claire in 4th Street Theater’s Ordinary Days, receiving a Best Actress nomination through the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation for her work in that show. She also recently performed as the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods and Jane in Jane Eyre both at 4th Street, and Alice Sycamore in You Can’t Take it with you at the Memorial Opera House. By day she is a Sr. Marketing Associate for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, piano and vocal teacher, and Mommy to her beautiful daughter, Katherine. She would like to thank her husband, parents, brothers, and friends for their love and support, she wouldn’t be who she is without them.
Billy was born and raised in the friendly city of Hobart, IN. He started taking piano lessons at age 8, learned guitar from his dad at age 12, and hasn’t stepped off the stage since! After high school, he moved to Chicago to play guitar in a pop-punk band. He played venues like Metro and House of Blues, opening up for national acts such as Plain White T’s, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Chevelle. He also toured festivals in the Midwest like Vans Warped Tour, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and SXSW in Austin, TX. He even got to play live on WGN morning news. Billy currently works at Broadway Music in Merrillville, IN as a salesman and music instructor. He continues to gig the Chicagoland area.
Tim Hester lives in Wheatfield, IN with his wife, Rhonda, of 43 years. He is the father of two and the grandfather of three. Tim has served as the Lead Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Demotte, IN. During that time he has also participated in local theater including Lazar Wolf in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” He also participated in the Under The Streetlamp PBS special, “Harmonies for Healing.” He would like to thank God for the gifts entrusted to him as well as his family for all of their love and support.
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Clara Hooton is a sophomore in college and is currently attending the Indiana University of South Bend, where she is working towards earning her degree in marketing. Clara has been a part of several musical theater productions. One of her favorite roles was when she played Annie in her schools’ production of Annie. In 2018, Clara earned a scholarship during her participation in the Monday Musicale singing/instrumental competition and received the Arion award for outstanding musical achievement at her high school. Clara would like to thank all her family, friends, and sponsors who have helped make this night possible. Without the encouragement of them she would have never had the confidence to audition at all.
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Joe Stewart is a native LaPortean who currently resides in Michigan City. Joe is a 2006 graduate of LPHS and studied English at Saint Joseph’s College and Seton Hall University. A 2017 Hoosier STAR finalist, Joe has also performed in the music and theater departments of LPHS and SJC, the LaPorte Little Theatre Club, Young People’s Theatre Company, Dunes Summer Theatre, Footlight Theatre, and for his friends at Rittenhouse Village. Joe currently enjoys memberships in Monday Musicale, at First United Methodist Church of Michigan City, where he leads song, and in vocal trio “Trilogy” with Sue Cassler and Felicia Thomas. Joe would like to thank mentors and directors Sandi Brenda, Tom Coe, Bev Griffith, Stan Holdcraft, Lee Meyer, John Rahe, Todd Samra, Chuck Steck, and Lew Timberlake; cherished friends and family; and beloved cats Lumpy Space Princess, Marceline the Vampire Queen, and Peppermint Butler.
Roscoe Hoffman resides in Michigan City with his wife – Adele – and 3 children – Alyssa, Alicia, and Judah. As a native of South Africa, he grew up as a child singing with his family while his father would preach the good news of Jesus. This is where and when his passion for music began. He has since performed on stage with Gospel great John P. Kee, the Allman Brothers Blues Band, and the legendary Barry Manilow. Along the road of singing he began to learn to play 6 instruments including the guitar that was the primary instrument of his late father, Rev. Roderick Hoffman. He is the Pastor of River of Life Missionary Church in Michigan City where he has also been leading praise and worship since 2001 along side his mother – Lorraine – and his beautiful wife of 9 years – Adele.