Division 2021 Finalists
Candace Archer is a K-12 music teacher for Westville Schools. She is a member of Great Lake Sound Chorus, Monday Musicale, and First United Methodist Church, where she sings solo, with the choir, and as part of the yearly Madrigal Dinner. She has sung the National Anthem several times for the Gary Southshore Railcats baseball team. She has been involved with community theater around LaPorte County as an actress, music director, and assistant director. You may have seen her at Laporte Little Theater, Dunes Summer Theater, Canterbury Theater, and Footlight Theater. Her notable roles include Marmee in Little Women, Fiona in Brigadoon, and Grace in Annie. She also participated as a writer for On Your Mark with Main Street Theater, winning best script two years in a row.
Myah is super excited to be a part of this years talented and inspiring group of performers for Hoosier Star! She has been singing since before she could even talk and it has been her passion for just as long. Myah spends all the free time she has on stage whether that is in a musical, a play, or karaoke night with her friends. She is a performer at heart and would not have it any other way! She would like to thank her loving family for always being there to support her or laugh with her when she trips and falls (which is often). She also would like to thank everyone who has been a part of her Hoosier Star experience!
Kim’s lifelong love of music was sparked as a young child after stumbling upon her parents’ diverse record collection. Listening to everything from Shirley Bassey to Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald instilled in her a deep appreciation for classic standards and big band swing which she holds dear to this day. No stranger to the stage, Kim has previously performed on tour and in regional theaters throughout the eastern United States. She is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory and Purdue University.
Kim and her husband Chris are overjoyed parents to two wonderful children who are the dearest and most delightful gifts imaginable. Kim currently spends her “free” time developing corporate identity
rebrands, perfecting her omelet flip, and attempting to memorize all the words to “Rattlin Bog” with her kids. She would like to express her sincere gratitude to Becky Osborn & the LCSO for this opportunity.
Jarynn Sampson is a 19-year-old girl from South Bend, IN. You may remember her from Hoosier Star 2017, where she performed “Rise Up” by Andra Day and was the Youth Division winner, along with winning the Joe Mellen Award! She is so excited to be able to perform again after the heights of the pandemic and feels privileged to work alongside the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra again. Jarynn loves to sing and act, and you may have seen her on stage at many of the community theatres in the area in roles such as Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She also uses her voice to be an advocate for political and social change, singing at an array of events including a couple of the Will Sing 4 events that have benefitted the Pax Center and Homeward Bound Village of LaPorte. Jarynn thanks God every single day for blessing her with her voice and passion for the arts and hopes to inspire others while doing what she loves.
Jayne Bartlett is honored to be a 2021 Hoosier Star finalist! Jayne is 17 and attends Chesterton High School where she is continually active in theatre and music. Jayne’s performed in the CHS productions of ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘Mamma Mia’. She is a member of the advanced Camerata Choir and is a former show choir member. As a soloist, Jayne has twice won gold at ISSMA competitions and was crowned champion of the 2019 CHS Variety Show.
In 2017, Jayne was cast as Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story: The Musical’ produced by the historic Memorial Opera House. She’s performed in a production of ‘The Addams Family’ and has performed with her ukulele at the CHS Coffee House, several talent shows, and open mics. Jayne thanks her family, friends, and vocal coach Amanda Smolek for their unwavering support and dedication as she chases her big dream of performing on Broadway.