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Young local actor is ready for big screen

August 24, 2018

Ian Van Houten, 14, appears in ‘God Bless the Broken Road’

Since the age of 6, Ian Van Houten has wanted to be an actor.

Now 14 years old, the incoming Ludington High School freshman has already made plenty of headway in achieving his goal, appearing in local theater productions. On Friday, however, he’ll see his dream realized in earnest when he and his mother, Caroline Van Houten, will walk into the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee to see Ian’s feature film debut playing the role of David in Harold Cronk’s latest 10 West production, “God Bless the Broken Road.”

Ian was bit by the acting bug early, according to Caroline. She said it was a performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts that first inspired Ian to want to be an actor.

“I don’t even think was 6 yet, and he just looked at me out of the blue and he said, ‘I want to do that,’” Caroline said.

That very night, Caroline tracked down the contact information of then-local acting teacher Anesa Gulembo and signed Ian up for acting classes.

“He started taking classes from her, and that played a big role in him maturing like he did and learning like he did,” Caroline said.

So began Ian’s journey to “God Bless the Broken Road,” and the special red carpet screening Friday at the Ramsdell.

See the full story in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions

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