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WELCOME TO MITFORD

Directed by Clay Boyce
Audition dates Friday-Saturday January 8-9
Performance dates February 25-28 and March 4-7, 2021

Father Tim Kavanagh is the much-loved bachelor rector of Lord’s Chapel church in the close-knit mountain community of Mitford, surrounded by long-time friends and parishioners—church secretary Emma, housekeeper Puny, local mayor Esther, a covey of eccentric regulars at the Main Street Grill, elderly heiress Miss Sadie Baxter, and jokester Uncle Billy and his dotty wife, Miss Rose, who likes to direct traffic wearing a military trench coat and rubber boots. Father Tim’s life is absorbed with the life of his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation. But things change radically when Father Tim takes in teenager Dooley Barlow, the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener, and again when he falls in love with and weds his new next-door neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, who writes and illustrates award-winning children’s books. Father Tim and Cynthia struggle with the idea of his possibly retiring from his long career as a parish priest. He neglects his diet and exercise and is injured when he goes into a diabetic coma while driving and wrecks his car. During his recuperation, he battles depression as he agonizes over questions about his worth, his work and his future. Meanwhile, Dooley has grown into a fine young man, and as he heads off to a prestigious college (financed by Miss Sadie), he asks Father Tim and Cynthia to adopt him. Father Tim prays for direction and finds an answer through scripture. In a final sermon, he surrenders himself to God’s will and is soon rewarded by his bishop with a new job as part-time minister of a struggling rural church. Hand in hand with Cynthia, he steps confidently into his future.

Leeds Arts Council & Steve Pennington’s Broadway Bound Present – A Night with the Music of Frank Wildhorn

Friday and Saturday, January 29-30, 2021 – 7 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 2 pm
Leeds Theater and Arts Center
8140 Parkway Drive in downtown Leeds, AL
Tickets $10

Come enjoy the music of Steve Pennington’s Broadway Bound troupe as they entertain with a selection of songs written by the prolific Frank Wildhorn, popular composer of Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, the Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and many others. To reserve your seats, contact the Leeds Arts Council office at (205) 699-1892  or   leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com   Someone will call or email you to confirm your reservation. All seats are reserved. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card.

SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE FIRST BAKER STREET IRREGULAR

Thursday, Friday, Saturday October 1-3 and 8-10, 7 pm
Sunday, October 4 and 11, 2 pm

Leeds Theater and Arts Center

8140 Parkway Drive in downtown Leeds

Victoria Boyce, director

Tickets $10

To reserve your seats, contact the Leeds Arts Council office at (205) 699-1892  or   leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com   Someone will call or email you to confirm your reservation. All seats are reserved. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card. Masks are required for audience members while inside the theater. There will be empty seats between audience members of different households to maintain social distancing. If you make reservations as a group, that group will be seated together.

On a dare from her fellow street urchins, 14-year-old Wiggins tries to pickpocket a strange old man. Not only is Wiggins unsuccessful, but the old man, who is actually Sherlock Holmes in disguise, manages to take the gold ring that was in Wiggins’ pocket and leave behind a note directing her where to go to get it back. When Wiggins goes to 221B Baker Street to retrieve the ring, she is shocked to find out how much Holmes knows about her based on a quick observation. After Wiggins sees Holmes use the ring to solve a case, Wiggins proposes to work as his assistant. Intrigued by her potential, Holmes agrees to begin training Wiggins on a trial basis, so long as she helps Mrs. Hudson with the chores. Wiggins and Holmes must learn to trust each other as Wiggins and her group of street urchins help him solve two dangerous mysteries: The Red Headed League and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.

ACTING CLASSES

for students in grades 3-12

Tuesdays (Aug 25-Dec 8), 5:30-6:30 pm
Taught by Victoria Boyce

Victorian Drama: A fun, family-friendly look at Victorian theater and basic acting skills with a performance based around Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Showcase dates are Friday December 18 at 7 pm, and Saturday December 19 at 2 pm. Classes will include stage combat and dance as well as acting training. For students in grades 3-12. Spots are limited so call (205) 285-7635 to register. Registration open year-round, so your student can start at any time.

REMEMBER THE LIGHT


Movie Premiere
Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights December 3-5 and 10-12, 2020 – 7 pm
Tickets $10

https://rememberthelightmovie.com/

To reserve your seats, contact the Leeds Arts Council office at (205) 699-1892  or   leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com   Someone will call or email you to confirm your reservation. All seats are reserved. You can pay at the door by cash, check, or credit card.

The story follows a group of friends reuniting after many years to try and resolve an unsolved disappearance from their youth.  The group must overcome the cynical worldview they have developed in their many year absence to fight for the lives of their friends and family and to remember the light.

Auditions for Newsies!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FORMS PLEASE VISIT http://www.leedsartscouncil.org/theatre/theatrelinks/

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience.

Assuming that Gov. Ivey opens up Alabama this week, auditions will be held on Saturday May 2, 10 am and 11 am; Monday May 4, 7 pm and 8 pm; and Tuesday May 5, 7 pm and 8 pm. Please contact Debbie Landry by email or phone (info below) to let us know which date and time work best for you, so that we can control the number of people anticipated at a given time. More details will be available soon about this process.

Males and females, teens and up (a few parts for younger children no younger than 7). Those ages teens to mid-thirties especially encouraged to audition, although there are roles for those older as well. Please prepare 16 bars of preferably musical theatre song, but any song is fine as long as it showcases what you can do! An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the appropriate key for your audition.

Cold readings from the script will also be conducted, with a possibility of callbacks. A movement/choreography combination will be taught. Dance experience is a plus but not necessary—we will teach you what you need to know within your ability. Veteran performers AND newcomers encouraged to audition! This is a community theatre production, so all are welcome, but understand that quality of the finished product will definitely be expected and is not going to be compromised—great experience for all. This is indeed a dynamic and absolutely exciting show you want to be a part of. For questions you may e-mail the director, Michael R. Bridges mbridges6231@gmail.com

To schedule an audition, contact Debbie Landry at (205) 699-0712 or debbie.landry22@gmail.com

Performance dates are July 23-26 and July 30-31 and August 1-2.

Summer Student Theater Workshop

UPDATE due to current health crisis: If Gov. Ivey opens up our state and we make it to Phase 3 by the first of June, we plan to have the summer student theater workshop as planned. Go ahead and send in your student’s paperwork to reserve the spot. You can wait to pay on the first day of camp, after we know for sure we’ll be able to have the camp! Fingers crossed!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND FORMS PLEASE VISIT http://www.leedsartscouncil.org/theatre/theatrelinks/

The Leeds Arts Council is proud to announce that  Disney’s Moana JR.  is the show chosen for the Summer Student Theater Workshop for students in grades 2-12.  The workshop will be held June 1-14 at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, in downtown Leeds.   The workshop is a two-week workshop, with students attending 8 am to 12 noon, Monday through Friday.  There will be four performances: Friday June 12 at 7 pm, Saturday June 13 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday June 14 at 2 pm.  The director is Michael Bridges, award-winning drama director at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School. 

Based on the 2016 movie, an adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

The cost of the workshop is $225 per child.  If more than one child from a family attends, the cost of any additional child will be $200.   Each child who attends the workshop will have a part in the play and will appear on stage.  Tickets to all four performances will be open to family and friends of students for $5 each.

Registration must be received in person or by mail by 12 noon on Friday May 22.  Checks are to be made out to Leeds Arts Council and returned with the registration.  The maximum number of participants will be 35; if this number of registrations is reached before May 22, registration will be cut off at that point.  Please complete the registration form and return it as soon as possible.  We are looking forward to a great workshop!

For more information, contact Debbie Landry or the Leeds Arts Council office. 

Debbie Landry
(205) 699-0712
debbie.landry22@gmail.com

LAC office
(205) 699-1892
leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com

Stephanie Gaston Exhibit

Stephanie Jean Gaston is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March.   The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:30-3:30 pm to view her beautiful paintings.  Admission is free.

Stephanie lives in Odenville Alabama with her husband Wayne and daughter Penelope.  She learned to love and appreciate art from her mother, who loved to paint and sketch.  Stephanie started painting 10 years ago while living in Florida.  She is a self-taught painter whose favorite medium is acrylics, but she has been known to dabble in oils.

Stephanie’s portfolio of work includes such things as nature, landscapes, surrealism, and pour paintings. Recently she participated in Birmingham’s very first art battle at Thomas Andrew Art and she participates in punk rock art shows.  Stephanie is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to showcase her own artistic perspective at the Leeds Art Center.  She believes that artistic expression is vital for people from every walk and station in life.

Ms. Gaston’s paintings will be on exhibit at the Leeds Arts Center through April 3, 2020. 

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

Four Shillings Short – CANCELLED

Aodh Og O’Tuama and Christy Martin
Celtic, Folk, and World Music

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995. They tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year, and live as troubadours of old, traveling from town to town, performing at music festivals, theaters and performing arts centers, folk and historic societies, libraries, museums, and schools.

Aodg Og O’Tuama: vocals, tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, crumhorn, Native American flutes, and many others.

Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Og (pronounced, Ayog) studied Medieval and Renaissance music in college. He received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. He played in a group called Drivelling Druids before forming the group Four Shillings Short.

Christy Martin: vocals, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, mandola and bouzouki, banjo, North Indian sitar, guitar, charango, bowed psaltery, ukulele, and bodhran.

A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Christy was born into a musical family. She played the sitar for 10 years, starting at the age of 16. She took up folk music in the 1980s, and has been playing the hammered dulcimer since 1993. She was formerly in a band called Your Mother Should Know.

Tickets $10 per person.

For ticket reservations, call the Leeds Arts Council at (205) 699-1892, leave a message, someone will return your call. OR, email leedsartscouncilal@gmail.com

Leeds High School Artists

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center. The public is invited to meet these talented artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

These high school artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through February 28. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org   In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.