Candace Mazur-Darman has had a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of children in Central Ohio.

Candace Mazur-Darman has had a dramatic impact on the lives of thousands of children in Central Ohio.

Candace believes that drama is a part of everyone's life either as an actor or as part of the audience. She fills her life with bringing youthful performers to the forefront throughout the central Ohio area through residencies at Hanby Elementary School; teaching an Energizing Education course at Otterbein University, which is designed to help teachers bring innovative and imaginative drama activities to the classroom, providing dramatic entertainment at the Columbus Arts Festival and Westerville Music & Arts Festival and her interactive drama camps held in various communities throughout the summer.

Candace's company Dramatic Impact is a one-woman production and when she's on the scene she's easy to spot, from the red hair to the black and white stripped socks she makes an impact. She has a special ability to draw out the best in each of her young performers. Her job is not about acting but building the character of her students. Candace is always engaging children to own stores stories through dramatic action.

On Dec. 14 Candace's version of The Grinch will take the stage at the Recreation Program Center located at 64 E. Walnut at 10 a.m., with a youthful cast bringing the tale to life. The play will be green for recycling and green for the beloved Grinch.

For more information on how your youngster can join Candace's cast of characters in 2014 contact Laura Horton at 614-901-6512.

Holiday events

Generations Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 15th season with their annual Westerville Christmas Spectacular Dec. 6-7 at Westerville Central High School. This year's show not only features students but alumni and local singing sensation Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express.

The children's morning performance will feature Frosty the Snowman, tap-dancing penguins and hippos. The full-length afternoon and evening shows feature Generation dancers in a musical celebration highlighting the hustle and bustle of the season, including tap-dancing reindeer, dancing dolls and more!

The show ends with an emotional scene in Bethlehem celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Show times are as follows:

Dec. 6 -- 6 p.m. Tickets $10-$20; Dec. 7 -- 11:30 a.m. Tickets $12 (Children's Concert); Dec. 7 -- 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets $10-$20.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 614-794-3298.

ProgressiveChristmas Concert

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as three Uptown Westerville churches each host a 25-minute concert featuring choirs and other music on Dec. 13 in Uptown Westerville. Caped guides with lanterns will lead participants from one church to the next (van transportation is also available).

Participating churches include First Presbyterian on West College Avenue, Church of the Master at Grove and Main Streets and Church of the Messiah on North State. Tickets are $10 for adults (high school-aged and younger are free) and are available at the member churches of the Westerville Habitat Partnership, the Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau and at the door before the first concert.

For more information call 614-794-0401.

Phyllis Self, recreation operations superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

December arts events

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Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 -- Music in the Atrium enjoy the sounds of the season at 2 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library 126 S. State St.

Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 -- Dance 2013 is a celebration of Otterbein University dance. Fritsche Theater at Cowan Hall located at 30 S. Grove St. at Otterbein University. Tickets are $18.

Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 -- Live Music at Java Central from 7-10 p.m., 20 S. State St. or 614-839-0698.

Dec. 14 -- Sounds of the Season Concert presented by the Westerville Symphony at 8 p.m. at the Riley Auditorium in Battelle Fine Arts Center at Otterbein University. Tickets are $25. For more information call 614-899-9000.

Dec. 15 -- Westerville Community Band Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. at Westerville Central High School 7118 Mount Royal Ave.