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Westside Players Academy presented “Summer Showtunes” Saturday afternoon on-stage in the auditorium of Central Christian Church.

The variety show was performed by the talented middle school age children who attended the two-week summer camp and featured songs from classic to contemporary Broadway shows including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, Mama Mia” and “Friendship” as well as a new take on the famous Abbott and Costello skit “Who’s on First”. 

This is the fourth year that Central has offered a theater camp to the community with each session ending with an on-stage production so that the campers can show family and friends what they learned and how they perfected their talents.  Previous performances have included selections from “The Jungle Book,” “Honk, Jr.” and “Hamilton.”

Current directors are Lois Leftwich and Tim Caffee with both bringing an impressive list of credentials as instructors to summer camp.

Leftwich has a long and varied career in performing and teaching. She is originally from Dallas, but she 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 while in Connecticut and has led a variety of Musical Theatre and Acting Camps for ages 5 through 17.   

Caffee is an accomplished Pianist and Music Director.  Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he is currently Music Director at Central and a teacher with Highland Park ISD. Tim enjoys working with young actors on nurturing and bringing out their best talents.

Saturday’s performance and the “price-friendly” concession was enjoyed by young and old. There is always something going on at the Westside Campus.

The community dog park offers “church in the dog park” on the first and third Sundays of the month as well as seasonal, dog-friendly events such as “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” and “Springfest in the Dog Park” throughout the year.

Westside Wellness Center is located on the second floor of the building and offers Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Nutritional Cooking and more. Co-working space is also offered on the second floor.

Come by for a visit and tour of the building or come Sunday morning at 11 a.m. for worship and stay for fellowship. All are welcome!

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