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OFFBEAT: Local theater director reminds 'Johnny Cash' is a 'local boy'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-03-09T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Local theater director reminds 'Johnny Cash' is a 'local boy'By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

As heralded in one of my column reviews last month, "Ring of Fire," the wonderful stage musical story about Johnny Cash launching the 2014 season at Theatre at the Center in Munster showcases more than 30 of Cash's songs and continues until March 30.

My thanks to reader Angie Lowe for today's reminder to me and to Times readers, that Kent Lewis, who stars in the leading role portrayal of Johnny Cash is no stranger to the Northwest Indiana stage scene.

"Phil, you've done so many good stories on local kids who've made good in theater including L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group's own Paul Storiale, who has written and directed many shows on the West Coast, including 'The Columbine Project,' " Lowe wrote me.

"I thought you might be interested to know that Kent Lewis, who is playing the older Johnny Cash in Theatre at the Center's Johnny Cash musical right now (which you just featured in stories) is also a local boy. I don't think you knew that? You might possibly want to contact Kent Lewis and do a little feature on him, just for human interest? Of course, one thing I love about Kent is our proud association with him from back in 1986, while he was still here in the Region. He played Tony in our LCTG production of 'West Side Story,' a summer theater regional production. He was amazing! Just food for thought! Sincere thanks! Sincerely, Paul and Angie Lowe, 38-year theater directors at Lake Central Theatre Guild, and now in our 10th year at Great Oaks in Cedar Lake."

Almost half way

As promised, here's an update about our local contestants competing in the 2014 Seattle Sutton Slim Down Challenge. It's Week 7 of 15 and pounds continue to shed:

Annette Walker, 57 of Gary, STARTING WEIGHT: 235, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 18

Jessica Mignard, 31, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 196.6, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 29.8

Linda Adams, 46, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 204.8, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7  WEEKS: 14.4

Lon Saloman, 45, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 269, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 38

Maureen Anleitner, 60, of Chesterton, STARTING WEIGHT: 225, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 18.2

Michael Adams, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 247, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 35.2

Dr. Michael Perez., 46, of Munster, STARTING WEIGHT: 256, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 41.5

Rebekah Cowan, 50, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 181, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 19.2

Sue Kiefer, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 182, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 29

Tim Kreke, 62, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 264, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 7 WEEKS: 42

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