When it comes to being on stage, that is where Lori Ann Stuckmeyer is most comfortable. She’s been performing most of her life in front of an audience.

When it comes to being on stage, that is where Lori Ann Stuckmeyer is most comfortable. She’s been performing most of her life in front of an audience. While her day job keeps her busy at Lake Regional Health Systems as an x-ray technician, theater, singing and acting take up much of her free time. She’s been performing around the Lake area for years, participating in a number of events hosted by the Lake Arts Council, Performing Arts Guild, Lake Area Strings and theatrical groups.

So it’s no surprise when she took home first-place with her singing partner Rachel Andreasen for their performance as the Vanilla Ice Queens during last year’s Lip Sync Battle, a fundraiser for the Children’s Learning Center in Camdenton.

While she makes it look easy, Stuckmeyer puts in a lot of time and energy preparing. She often makes her own costumes and makeup which can be elaborate and detailed.

Stuckmeyer says their rendition of “Ice Ice Baby” came after spending hours watching Vanilla Ice videos in order to best mimic this iconic one-hit wonder and the choreography to go with it. She also opened the show with a rendition of Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock,” black wig and all. The event was such a success that it’s been moved to a larger venue this year.

According to Children’s Learning Center’s executive director Susan Daniels, the organization provides services to children with developmental delays or special needs, relying heavily on fundraising events, donations and grants. The only center of it’s kind in the Lake area, more than 100 children have been served so far in 2018.