2019 Musical

Directed by Lucy Lunsford

Performances:
Thursday-Saturday July 18-20 and July 25-27, 7 pm
Sunday July 21 and July 28, 2 pm

All seats are $15; tickets may be reserved by calling the LAC office at (205) 699-1892. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door.

ESTHER is a fresh and exciting musical based on the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. After Esther discovers that her people are to be annihilated, decreed by her husband the king, she is forced to face difficult and frightening circumstances, with the survival of her entire race seemingly on her shoulders. Told with humor and pathos, the show has generated enthusiasm wherever it has been performed. Everyone loves the music and the characters; come see for yourself!  

Auditions for 2019 Musical

Directed by Lucy Lunsford

Auditions: 
Friday, May 31 – 7pm-9pm
Saturday, June 1 – 11am-1pm

Performances:
Thursday-Saturday July 18-20 and July 25-27, 7 pm
Sunday July 21 and July 28, 2 pm

ESTHER
is a fresh and exciting musical based on the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. After Esther discovers that her people are to be annihilated, decreed by her husband the king, she is forced to face difficult and frightening circumstances, with the survival of her entire race seemingly on her shoulders. Told with humor and pathos, the show has generated enthusiasm wherever it has been performed. Everyone loves the music and the characters. If you’re interested in performing, come out on Friday and Saturday, May 31 or June 1, and audition for the show!

Roles available for ages 13 and up. Character descriptions available below. A few non-speaking roles available for children age 6-12.
Please prepare 16 bars of a Broadway musical type song. Resume and headshot not required. You will be photographed at the audition. After everyone has sung we will do cold readings from the script.
For previews of the songs / original production trailer visit www.EstherMusical.org

Download character descriptions


Auditions for The 39 Steps

Directed by Suellen Wilkins

Auditions: Monday/Tuesday December 17/18, 7 pm

Performance dates are:  February 15-17 and 22-24, 2019.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday December 17 and 18, at 7 pm each evening, at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, in Leeds AL.  Come prepared to read from the script; bring a resume and headshot, if you have one.  Director Suellen Wilkins is seeking 10-12 actors, men and women, for the many roles in this show.  The main actor (male age 35-45) will not be doubled.  A female actor (age 25-35) will have two roles.  The other roles will be handled by an ensemble of actors ages 20 years and up.

The 39 Steps is a 1915 novel; this is NOT that novel.

The 39 Steps is a 1935 movie; this is NOT that movie.

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the novel and the movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. In 2005 playwright Patrick Barlow adapted a script developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and it is this script that will be performed.

Auditions for The 39 Steps

Directed by Suellen Wilkins

Auditions: Monday/Tuesday August 27-28, 7 pm

Performance dates are:  October 19-21 and 26-28, 2018.

Auditions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday August 27-28, at 7 pm each evening, at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, in Leeds AL.  Come prepared to read from the script, bring a resume and headshot, if you have one.  Director Suellen Wilkins is seeking 10-12 actors, men and women, for the many roles in this show.  The main actor (male age 35-45) will not be doubled.  A female actor (age 25-35) will have two roles.  The other roles will be handled by an ensemble of actors ages 20 years and up.

The 39 Steps is a 1915 novel; this is NOT that novel.

The 39 Steps is a 1935 movie; this is NOT that movie.

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the novel and the movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. In 2005 playwright Patrick Barlow adapted a script developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and it is this script that will be performed.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Leeds Arts Council is excited to present our 2018 Summer Musical “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a new musical based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film.  The show dates are July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 7:00 pm and July 15, 22 and 29 at 2:00 pm.

All tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 205-699-1892.  Leave a message and someone will return your call to confirm your reservation. The show is appropriate for children fourteen (14) and older.  The theatre is handicapped accessible. Please let us know if special seating is needed.

Hunchback of Notre Dame”  follows the disfigured Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, who bides his time locked away in a tower.  With only gargoyles to keep him company, he longs to be a part of the festival, as all of Paris is reveling in the “Feast of Fools”.  He manages to escape the tower and enters the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda.  Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit though – Captain Phoebus and Frollo, Quasimodo’s adoptive parent, are equally enthralled.  As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

This sweeping score and powerful story is the retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.  Come and share the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Starring: David Pohler as Quasimodo; Jalen J. Brown as Phoebus; Cliff Keen, Jr. as Dom Claude Frollo; and Kaylee Ramey as Esmeralda.

Co-starring: Bill Allen, Michael Allen, Chelsea Blackmon, Ty Davis, Clark French, Kelly French, Sean Frost, Sage Gardner, Annaleigh Holloway, Steve Halsey, Julia Jones, McKenzie, Ramey, Ashley Richardson, Gracie Riley, Tommy Riley, Wendy Riley, Stacy Ross, Carrie Self, JD Short, Harper Soilleau, Zak Taylor, and Beth Vaughn.

Produced by Sandi Nicholson and directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.

Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented through special arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Summer Student Theatre Workshop

The Leeds Arts Council is proud to announce that Mary Poppins Jr. is the show chosen for the Summer Student Theatre Workshop for students in grades 2-12. The workshop will be held June 4-16 at the Leeds Theatre 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 three performances: Friday June 16 at 7 pm, and Saturday June 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm. The director is Mike Bridges, award-winning drama director at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time AND the Broadway musical, Mary Poppins provides a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical. The jack-of-all-trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” We hope your student will join us this summer for these two weeks of theatre fun!

The cost of the workshop is $200 per child. If more than one child from a family attends, the cost of any additional child will be $175. Each child who attends the workshop will have a part in the play and will appear on stage. Tickets to the performances will be $5.

Registration must be received in person or by mail by 12 noon on Friday May 25. Checks are to be made out to Leeds Arts Council and returned with the registration. The maximum number of participants will be 30; if this number of registrations is reached before May 25, 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

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The Father of the Bride

The Leeds Arts Council invites you to the wedding of the year.  Wedding dates are Friday April 6, Saturday, April 7; Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7:00; Sunday April 8  at 4:00 and Sunday, April 15 at 2:00.

No gifts required but tickets are $10.00.

The Father, Mr. Banks, is played by Dale Jones, with Dale Baldwin playing the mother, Mrs. Banks. The Bride, Kay Banks, is played by Kaylee Ramey and the Groom, Buckley Dunstan, is played by Robert Permenter.  JD Short is a brother, Ben Banks; Sage Gardner is the younger brother, Tommy Banks; Delilah, the maid, is Rachael Arledge; Ashley Richardson is Mr. Banks secretary, Miss Bellamy; Massoula, the party planner, is played by Trey Woodrow; Ben’s girlfriend, Peggy Swift is played by McKenzie Ramey; Tommy’s friend Buzz Taylor is played by Carson Davis; Clark French plays the part of Joe; Madelyn Harbison is Mrs. Pulitzki; Karen Carroll plays Tim’s woman; the florist helpers are Abri Mizell, Lauren Kilgore, Juliet Calvin and Sydney Sanders.

Reservations are not required, but if you want to make reservations call 205-699-1892 and leave a message after the beep with your name, phone number, the number of tickets you need and the date of the performance you want to attend.  Please speak slowly.  Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation.  If special seating is required please let us know.

We look forward to seeing you at this special event in downtown historic Leeds – 8140 Parkway Drive.

Thank you for supporting the theatre and arts in Leeds.

Over My Dead Body

The Leeds Arts Council presents: “Over My Dead Body” — a comedy by Derek Benfield.

Performances on October 20, 21, 27, & 28 at 7:00 pm and Oct 22 & 29 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

Following his wife’s recent death Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s “forward planning”, which results in a series of unexpected events occurring that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

The actors are Scott Nesmith, Katy Walker, Cliff Keen, Jr., Selena Stalker, Madelyn Harbison and Emily Givens.

To purchase tickets call the office at 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, the date of the performance you will attend, and the number of tickets you desire. Someone will return your call to confirm. Reservations are not required.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Leeds Arts Council presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on July 14 and 15 at 7:00 pm and July 16 at 2:00 pm; July 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm; July 28 and 29 at 7:00 pm and July 30 at 2:00 pm.  Opening night we will serve free chocolate treats to all.

Special ticket prices for children (to 18) is $5.00 when an adult makes a reservation and prepays a ticket for $15.00.  One special priced children’s ticket for each adult ticket. Tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for a child (to 18).

To make reservations, please call 699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, number of tickets and the date of the performance you wish to attend.  We accept cash, check, and credit card for prepayment and at the door.

The play is directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.

The cast includes:

Willy Wonka – Bill Allen
Charlie Bucket – Olivia Soileau
Grandpa Joe – Buddy Cannon
Phineous Trout – John Dyess
Mrs. Gloop – Wendy Riley
Augustus Gloop – Conner Hamlin
Veruca Salt – Rachel Cartwright
Mr. Salt – Tommy Riley
Violet – Harper Soileau
Mrs. Beauregarde – Rachael Arledge
Mike Teavee – Michael Allen
Ms. Teavee – Stacy Ross
Mr. Bucket – Tommy Riley
Mrs. Bucket – Wendy Riley
Candyman – John Dyess
Grandma Josephine – Stacy Ross
Grandma Georgina – Rachael Arledge
Grandpa George – Special Guest
Oompa-Loompa – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery
Cooks – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery, Conner Hamlin,Harper Soileau, Michael Allen
Kids – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery

The theatre is handicapped accessible. When making your reservation please let us know if you are in a wheelchair or need a first row seat because of a handicap.