Leeds Area Visual Artists Exhibit

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, September 9, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds. You are cordially invited to meet our talented local artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display and available for purchase in the theater during the reception. Admission is free.

Participating artists include Ramey Channell, Nancy Cole, Nelda Faulkner, John Gregory, Jonathan Harris, Scott Harvey, Tina Miller, Grady Sue Saxon, and Sherry Whisenhunt of Leeds and William Darby, Tanna Rose, and Cindy Schmidt of Moody. These local artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 3. 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.

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.

Birmingham Arts Journal Meeting – November 2 – 6:30 pm

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERY LOVER OF ART & POETRY & PROSE

Within the pages of the newest issue Birmingham Arts Journal enjoy the work of:

Mark Barrett
Maud Belser
Allen Berry
Mark Burke
Brenda Burton
Pam Copeland
Tom Dameron
Joan Dawson
Ken Dykes
Stephen Edmondson
David Flynn
Chip Ghinga
Barbara Gordon
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Saalam Green
Theodore Haddin
Chase Hawkins
Jeff Kalafa
Thomas Locicero
David R. Loope
Sam Pezzillo
Ryan Kim Preskitt
Jim Reed
James Miller Robinson
Karim Shamsi-Basha
Robert Joe Stout
Andrew Tyson
Camille Kleinman Wick

Pick up a copy of the BIRMINGHAM ARTS JOURNAL at the Museum of Art Gift Shop and at Reed Books in Birmingham

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.

Leeds Area Visual Artists – Receptions

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA) with opening receptions on Saturday, September 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds.

The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works.  Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display in the theater during the receptions. Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Artists participating in the 2017 LAVA show include: Ramey Channell, William Darby, Frank Dawson, Joan Dawson, Cheryl Horncastle, Tina Miller, Gudrun Rominger, Tanna Rose, Grady Sue Saxon, and Linda Stephan.  The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 3, 2017.

For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit  www.leedsartscouncil.org or call the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center at 205-699-1892.  Gallery hours are Fridays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and during events.

Jim Langley Exhibit

Jim Langley is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in August.  The public is invited to his opening reception and one-man show on Sunday, August 6 at 1:30-3:30.  Admission is free.

The reception/show will feature the art and storytelling of former Leeds resident, Jim Langley.  Many of his paintings depict scenes and personalities from the Leeds and Birmingham area including the Alabama Theater; area churches, businesses, historic buildings and houses; and personalities such as Charles Barkley and Harry the Hat.  Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit the Leeds Art Council as well as Day Camp Scholarships for disadvantaged children at YMCA Camp Hargis.

The Delmont Show is a 30-minute “pure-dee Alabama” performance based on Langley’s book, Delmont’s Slang Blade, 1000 of the Best Sayings in the State of Alabama. Jim’s interest in Southern sayings started many years ago and the book contains a portion of his collection. Langley contends that everyone needs to have a favorite Southern Saying in their back pocket to pull out and use at the proper occasion. Quips include such as “The more people I meet, the more I like my dog,” or “Smiling like a dead pig in sunshine.” Come let Delmont tell you what that one means!

Mr. Langley, originally from Vernon in Lamar Co., AL, is now a resident of the Ross Bridge section of Hoover. He is married to the former Ann Whitehead of Nashville, TN. Jim graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Political Science and from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Public Administration. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate receiving an Army commission in 1971, and served active duty tours in Alaska, Fort Sill OK, and Korea, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

During his civilian career, Mr. Langley spent 15 years with BellSouth Communications and had shorter professional associations with Dowzer Electric, SITEL, DES and AIDS Alabama. In retirement, Langley has become a prolific writer, artist and storyteller. He is well known for his book on Oak Hill, the oldest cemetery in Birmingham, and walking tours of the cemetery. He has also led many trips and tours for Hoover Seniors the last few years including local history tours in Birmingham and Hoover, tours of important places in our local Civil Rights history, and tours of Red Mountain Park. For more information, visit www.Langley.Rocks

Mr. Langley’s paintings will be on exhibit through September 8, 2017.

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.

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.