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Kids, come be a part of the summer fun!  Westside Players Academy will offer a drama/musical summer camp as “Summer Showtunes” will give you a chance to work with acting, singing, and dancing professionals who will nurture your hidden or not-so-hidden talents through scenes, song and dances from a variety of Broadway musicals.

Westside Players Academy is located at 4711 Westside Dr. in Dallas. Camp Directors for the exciting two-week session are Lois Leftwich and Tim Caffee.

Lois has a long and varied career in performing and teaching. Originally from Dallas, Lois took a 30-year detour through New York and Connecticut where she did numerous commercials, worked in daytime drama and off-off Broadway. She also developed her love of teaching in Connecticut and has led a variety of musical theater and acting camps for young children and teens. She taught acting, improvisation, musical theater and film making at the Regional Center for the Arts, a performing arts high school in Connecticut.  Since returning to Dallas, Lois has taught for The Junior Players, Dallas Children's Theatre and Park Cities Dance. She has also been busy on stage in "A Civil War Christmas," at Theatre Three, “Catch Me If You Can,"at Uptown Players and "The Wedding Singer" at Theatre Three. She is delighted to bring her experience and technique to young Dallas performers this summer at Westside Players Academy's, “Summer Showtunes” camp.

Tim is an accomplished pianist and music director. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he worked with Hurrah Players on numerous productions including “Godspell,” “Hello Dolly” and “Sound of Music.”  In Dallas, he was Associate Music Director for Greenhill School spring production of “Cry Baby.  While a long-term substitute teacher for Highland Park Middle School, he worked with students on the production of “James and the Giant Peach.”  Currently a teacher with Highland Park ISD, Tim loves working with young actors on nurturing and bringing out their best talents and that is apparent by their reaction to Tim’s mentoring.

Parents, this camp is directed at Middle School Students, those who have completed 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. It will begin on July 8 and will be held daily Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. through July 19.  The big finale will be Saturday, July 20, when family and friends can come and watch a professional on-stage performance to see what your child achieved at summer camp.

The cost for this two-week program is $250.00 per child with discounts given for two or more children in the family to make this affordable to a variety of family budgets. Scholarships are also available so that no one is left out of this fantastic experience.  Visit Westside Players Academy or call 214-526-7291 for more information.

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