Steve Lauson Jr. returns to the stage for his third season with Lakeshore’s Rising Stars following one season as a sponsor judge and a second season as a main judge. Steve spent most of his twenties living in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment industry. While in LA, Steve performed in several union productions, including playing Charlie in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, Bob Crarchit in the musical production of “A Christmas Carol”, and Senex in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. Steve also worked in directing, and his LA productions of “Godspell” and “Scapin” (while also playing the title role) were well received. Steve’s most notable television credit was for playing the character Tito on “The Young and the Restless”. Steve is now known around town as a local fourth-generation automobile dealer; when it came time to raise a family, Steve returned to his hometown of Manitowoc to take over the family business. Maritime Ford Lincoln has been in operation since Steve’s father opened it in 1981. Before that, Steve’s grandfather ran Lauson Chevrolet after returning home from WWII, and Steve’s great-grandfather was selling Model T’s in the Kenosha area back in 1913! Steve is thrilled that Lakeshore’s Rising Stars is back to once again light a musically creative fire along the lakeshore, and says that its return was long overdue!