Local actress in teen film about serious topic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A big message for the big screen.

That’s how Columbus actress Tera Smith sees a newly released independent film, “Wig’d Out,” in which she plays pageant coach Loralee Nightengale. The movie, to be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday at YES Cinema in Columbus, highlights a story about a feisty, bald teen with alopecia finding her way through self-discovery and a jealously laced beauty pageant.

The local presentations were sparked partly because those connected to the movie heard about two young Columbus girls dealing with alopecia, an auto-immune condition that attacks hair follicles.

Please read Tuesday’s edition of The Republic for more details.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.