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.

Marsha Nelson Exhibit

Marsha Nelson is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in July. The public is invited to the opening reception on July 2, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings. Admission is free.

As a self-taught artist, Marsha has always enjoyed art. In the past thirteen years, she has pursued her art with new dedication and passion, taking eleven art courses at Jacksonville State University. Since 2011, she has been privileged to be a student in the Birmingham atelier of master oil painter John Lonergan.

Marsha is a representational painter whose favorite mediums are oil and watercolor. In 2016, she achieved Signature Bronze Membership in the Watercolor Society of Alabama. She is gratified to have received recognition for several of her paintings which were juried into WSA exhibits. Nunnally’s Noble Street Frame and Gallery in Anniston represents her as a member of East Alabama Artists, Inc.

“I am so grateful God has blessed me with a measure of artistic talent, as well as the incredible gift of my wonderful husband, who loves sharing my artistic journey.”

Ms. Nelson’s paintings will be on exhibit through August 4, 2017.  You may view examples of her work at:  http://www.marshanelsonart.com/

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.


Amber Orr Exhibit

Orr, AmberAmber Orr is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in June.  The public is invited to the opening reception on June 4, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful art work.  Admission is free.

Amber Orr is a Birmingham artist.  She is a 2007 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing with a minor in art history from The University of Montevallo.  One of her recent portraits graced the front cover of the fall 2016 issue of the Birmingham Arts Journal.

The artist says, “My work celebrates the internal and external relationship of self-discovery.  I am being honest about who I was, am, and choose to become.  I haven’t always loved what I looked like on the outside.  Self-criticism left me feeling ugly, left me believing I was never enough.  During this endless cycle of frustration, I discovered I was the ultimate cause of my own unhappiness.  Constantly belittling myself only kept me thinking negatively.  Once I respected myself, inch by inch and day by day, I gained confidence.”

“The key to my happiness is positive thinking.  Instead of perfecting my appearance, I have chosen to accept it.  My hair is kinky, my skin is black, I have scars and marks times more.  I want to encourage you to embrace who you are.  We are all beautifully imperfect human beings.  That is worthy to be celebrated.”

Ms. Orr’s paintings will be on exhibit through June 30, 2017.  You can follow her art journey on Instagram: @mizzambero

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.

Leeds Community Chorus Spring Concert

The Leeds Community Chorus will present their Spring Concert on June 3, 2017 at the Leeds Arts Center.

This year’s show, entitled, An American Songbook, will feature songs of American culture from Stephen Foster to the Beach Boys.

Special guest performance by The Clay Boys, a local Blue Grass ensemble, plus other featured singers.

Saturday only, 7:00 PM at the Leeds Arts Center.

Admission is $10.00. Call 205-699-1892 for reservations, or tickets may be purchased at the door.

Karla Shackleford Conway Exhibit

KarlaKarla Shackleford Conway is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in May.  The public is invited to the opening reception on May 7, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

Karla Shackleford Conway is a native of Birmingham who now lives in Lincoln, Alabama, on Lake Logan Martin.  After a long career in advertising and public relations, where she particularly enjoyed the design and graphics side of the business, she took a one-time acrylic painting class.  The next day, she bought a package of canvasses and a starter set of paints and has been painting ever since.

Since 2010, Karla has taken classes from local artists and from well-known Maine landscape artist Tim Gagnon.  But mostly she has painted on her own, watching videos on specific techniques and studying the works of the painters she most admires.

While she constantly experiments with different subjects and styles, Karla’s favorite subject is birds, which became a fascination of hers when she moved to Lake Logan Martin.

In 2015, she retired from fundraising and promotion with the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega.  In retirement, Karla regularly leads painting workshops to benefit the Pell City Christian Love Pantry, a food resource founded by St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church which hosts the painting classes.

A selection of her paintings can be found on her website:  www.studiokarla.com

Ms. Conway’s paintings will be on exhibit through June 3, 2017.  For more information, please visit her website at www.studiokarla.com

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.

The Dixie Swim Club

The Leeds Arts Council presents “The Dixie Swim Club” on April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:00 PM and April 23 & 30 at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are $10.00.  Reservations are recommended and prepayment is required.

This is the story of five unforgettable women.  A hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Sheree, played by Karen Carroll, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organized and perfect life and continues to be the group leader.

Dinah, played by Dale Baldwin, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Lexie, played by Suzanne Hively, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married – over and over and over again.

The self-deprecating Vernadette, played by Dianne Rowe, is acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to give in and embrace the chaos.

And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal, played by Kelly French, experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork”, rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a surprising direction.

To make reservations please call 205-699-1892 and leave a message. Someone will return your call and confirm your reservations. You may pay by cash or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a $1.00 extra charge per ticket. We are handicapped accessible and have free on-street parking.

The Leeds Theatre & Arts Center is located in downtown Leeds at 8140 Parkway Drive.

2017 Summer Student Theatre Workshop

We have reached our maximum for the summer student workshop, so we are closing registration. For those applications that are in the mail, we will accept anything postmarked by May 13.  We will take your student’s name for a waiting list in case some of those students who have signed up are prevented from coming. Call Debbie Landry at (205) 699-0712 or e-mail her at  crcsoffice@gmail.com


The lion-king-jrLeeds Arts Council is proud to announce that Disney’s The Lion King Jr. is the show for the 2017 Summer Student Theatre Workshop for students in grades 2-12. The workshop will be held June 5-16 at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, in downtown Leeds. The workshop is two-weeks, 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.