Bloody Murder!

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October 14th-16th and 21st-23rd, Friday and Saturday show time at 7 pm, Sunday show time at 2 pm- Leeds Arts Council is proud to present Ed Sala’s Bloody Murder directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. 

From Dramatic Publishing – A group of the usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. There’s the major who served in India; the inebriated, fading actor; the innocent ingénue; the exotic lady in red; the mysterious Chinese gentleman; the rich dowager aunt and her faithful maid and worthless nephew. Suddenly, one of them dies of poison! Well, of course. Oh, what fun! But wait … Her Ladyship refuses to summon the police! She says she won’t go through all this, again. All what, again? And why were they all invited here in the first place? Is this actually just another formulaic, all-too-predictable mystery story? Or is it something diabolically … different? … Characters rebel against their author- It’s bloody murder. 

Tickets are $10 and seating will be reserved; however reservations aren’t required.  The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in historic downtown Leeds. The theatre is handicapped accessible and has free parking on the street. For reservations, call 205-699-1892, email leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or find Leeds Arts Council on Facebook.

ENCORE: Musical Memories

On Friday, September 30th at 7 pm and Saturday, October 1st at 7 pm we are proud to present ENCORE: Musical Memories.  Tickets for this event are $10.  This is a yearly fund raiser put together by our play director Cliff Keen, Jr. for the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  This show will feature songs both from musicals we’ve done here at the Arts Center and musicals we haven’t done here but are familiar to all.  The songs will be performed by familiar faces from our past musical productions.  Come and enjoy a musical evening!  Reservations are not required.  For more information call us at 205-699-1892 or email us at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net.

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Auditions announced!

Bloody Murder logoCALLING ALL ACTORS! – The auditions for Leeds Arts Council’s October Mystery Theatre BLOODY MURDER by Ed Sala will be held on at Leeds Theatre and Arts Center on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00 until 9:00 PM. The cast is comprised of the following actors: A woman in her 70’s – Lady Somerset; another woman in her 60’s – the maid; a woman in her late 20’s – the innocent ingénue; and another woman in her late 30’s – mystery woman; a man in his late 60’s – The Major; man in his 40’s to early 50’s – a former actor; man in his late 30’s to early 40’s – worthless nephew; man in his early 40’s or 50’s – the dimwitted policeman. There may be some doubling of roles.
The play will be October 14,15,21 & 22 at 7:00 PM and October 16 & 23 at 2:00 PM. Directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.
Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in historic Downtown Leeds.

Willie & Waylon and Elvis!

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The Leeds Arts Council is proud to announce the appearance of Alan Tedders and Terry Padgett as Willie & Waylon and Elvis on Saturday, August 13th at 7:00 pm. The Outlaws are back, with special guest performer Elvis!  Tickets are on sale now so get yours before they’re gone!

Terry started his tribute to Elvis in church after being asked to perform at a widows’ banquet in Leeds, Alabama December 2001. Since then, Terry has performed at many events including street dances, festivals, private parties and grand openings. He has had the honor to perform for Governor Bob Riley at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. He has also performed several times at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  Terry takes pride in the shows he brings to his audiences. It is the audience that brings life to every show!

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Alan Tedders- a long time music and stage professional- took notice of an Elvis Tribute Artist one evening during a fun filled night of karaoke at Lee’s Country Diner in Sumiton. Allen heard Terry sing the well-known theme-song to the ever popular 70’s show, The Dukes of Hazzard. What Terry didn’t know is that Alan was interested in adding a Waylon Jennings to his act and felt Terry had the talent. And thus W & W Productions-The Willie and Waylon Experience was created.

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The show at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is August 13th at 7 pm; tickets are $20.00. Seating will be around tables with eight people seated at each table. You may purchase individual tickets at $20 each or purchase a table for $160. Reservations and prepayment are required.  Payment may be made by phone using your credit card or in the office with cash, check, or charge.  Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in historic downtown Leeds. The theatre is handicapped accessible and has free parking on the street. For reservations, call 205-699-1892, email leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or find Leeds Arts Council on Facebook.

Come dressed in your best western apparel and ready to have some fun!

Updated information – Oklahoma!

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Tonight’s performance of Oklahoma! will start at 7:30 pm instead of 7. Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 pm, and Sunday’s performance will begin at 2 pm. These are our final 3 performances of Oklahoma! and we sure hope to see you all there! Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations aren’t required, but you may call 205-699-1892 to reserve tickets.

Oklahoma! sweeps in this July!

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The Leeds Arts Council is so proud to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. Assistant to the director is Rachel White, musical director is Shane Champion.   We will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Academy Award winning film with this summer production.

Set in the Oklahoma territory in the early 1900’s, this joyous celebration of frontier life is a story of tender romance and dangerous passion.  There’s a box social coming up, and Curly asks Laurey if she’ll be his date.  Trouble is, Laurey thinks he’s waited too long, and in a fit of annoyance accepts an offer from the boorish Jud instead.  Meanwhile, Laurey’s friend Ado Annie is also torn between two men- a cowboy named Will and a foreign peddler, Ali Hakim.  Both women struggle to know their own hearts before it’s too late. This is the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration and the motion picture won the Academy Award for Best Score, featuring the classic songs “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey With the Fringe On Top” and “People Will Say We’re In Love.”

Full cast is as follows: Cliff Keen, Jr. as Curly; Ashley Richardson as Laurey; Todd Ponder as Jud; Debbie Rakes as Aunt Eller (understudy Dale Baldwin); Kaylee Ramey as Ado Annie (understudy Mary Page Wilson Lyons); Jordan Graham as Will Parker; Steve Halsey as Carnes; Clark French as Ali Hakim; Mary Page Wilson Lyons as Gertie (understudy Kelly French); Robert Permenter as Ike; Buddy Permenter as Fred; Cody Slusher as Slim; Steve Christain as Cord Elam; Hannah Culpepper as Kate and Katherine Murphree as the child.

Rehearsals are well underway as the show dates draw closer.  Performances will be on July 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd at 7 pm, and July 10th, 17th, and 24th at 2 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and under.  The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is handicapped-accessible with free parking on the street.  Reservations are recommended so please call 205.699.1892; leave your name, phone number, date you’d like to attend and number of tickets you need and someone will return your call as soon as possible.  You may also reserve tickets via email at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or via Leeds Arts Council on Facebook.  Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, Alabama, 35094.

Leeds Community Chorus presents their Spring concert!

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Leeds Arts Council- in cooperation with Leeds Community Chorus- is proud to present A Legacy of Country & Western Music.  Performances will be on May 14th at 7 pm and May 15th at 2 pm at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds.  All tickets are $10.  For questions or reservations please call 205.699.1892 or email us at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net.

Private Lives, a spring event at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

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The Leeds Arts Council presents their Spring comedy PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward, directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. The play is about betrayal, love and marriage.PRIVATE LIVES will be performed on April 8,9,15 & 16 at 7 PM, and April 10 & 17 at 2 PM. All tickets are $10. For reservations call 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, date you want to attend and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm you reservations. If you require special seating please let us know.
 
Elyot Chase, played by Todd Ponder, and Amanda Prynne, played by Ashley Richardson, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance and reignite the old spark.They leave together but after days of being reunited they again find their romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Caught in their path are the current spouses, a bubbly young bride Sibyl Chase, played by Mary Page Wilson and a husband Victor Prynne, played by Cliff Keen, Jr., who intends to make Amanda a suitable wife. The French-speaking maid, Louise, is played by Dale Baldwin.
 
Come and join us for a comedy that explores love in all its chaotic, irrational unpredictability and manages to make sense out of something senseless.

A night of Broadway Big Band era music with Brandi Overbeck!

Broadway hits before the Golden Age era composed by George and Ira Gershwin, Roger Hart and many more wonderful composers from hit shows such as Oh, Kay!, Meet Me in St. Louis, Brigadoon, Right This Way and My Pal Joey.  Join us for a fabulous night of entertainment at Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  Ticket cost is $10 per person.BrandiOverbeck

Overbeck, an Alabama native, has a diverse vocal repertoire spanning Broadway, Jazz, Pop and Standards. Brandi studied classical voice on scholarship at Jefferson State Community College, and was a soprano in the performing group “Jefferson State Singers”. She also studied with John Ray, currently at Belmont College, and with Drama Desk nominee for Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder, who is currently performing nationwide.

In summer of 2015 Overbeck performed in ACTA Theater’s “Fiddler on the Roof” as Grandma Tzeitel. She has also performed on Nashville’s “Be a Star”, Nashville’s Blue Bird Café, Alabama Nursing Home Association and Springfest stages. Later that year she performed the “Hits of Barbra Streisand” at Leeds Theater and Arts Center and Alabama Piano Gallery.