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Erik Stolpe

The lights were low and the music soulful Friday night at Central’s Coffee House Cabaret.  It was the first of a series of dinner and musical performance by local talent held in the church fellowship hall.

Central Christian Church Choir Director, Tim Caffee, and choir member, Michael Raines, teamed up with Bill Forbes, Lois Leftwich and Eric Stolpe to perform jazz favorites like “Stray Cat Strut” and Moody Blues “Nights in White Satin.”  A selection from “Black Orpheus” and sung in Portuguese by Lois attested to the remarkable talent that makes up Central’s congregation. Bill and Michaels soft shoe along with Bill’s rendition of George Burn’s “The Baby Song” kept everyone in stitches. Guest performances included a debut piano duet by one of Tim’s new students, Anaya Sharp, who shared the bench with her teacher, and Turtle Creek Corral soloist, Lonnie Parks, who amazed everyone with "You've Got a Friend."

Michael and Lois singing Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” brought the evening to a close.

A dinner of red beans, rice, hot-from-the-oven cornbread and home baked King Cake were served in honor of forthcoming Mardi Gras.

This was the first of a quarterly series that will give locals the opportunity to perform at the “cabaret.” Plans are underway for a June performance of “Pop Fun in the Summertime.”  The evenings are family- friendly, loads of fun and open to the public. Also, if you are interested in auditioning for the June event, contact Michael Raines by calling the church office at 214-526-7291.

All this talent ties in with a music/drama camp for kids who are interested in performing arts that will be offered at Central this summer.  Check out the church web-site for more information.

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