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.

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.

Rabbit Hole – Final Home Performance

Join us for the final home performance of our award winning play on February 26 at 6:00 pm.  At the state competition this production won Best in Show, Best Costumes, Best Set, and Best Supporting Actress – May Page Wilson Lyons, and was one of two plays chosen to represent the state at the ACTFEST national competition in Kentucky. The play was directed by Dianne Rowe and our award winning director, Cliff Keen, Jr.

Tickets are $10 and all income will be used to offset the competition expenses. You may pay at the door but if you want to make reservations they must be paid in advance. If you cannot attend, donations will be accepted.

Call 205-699-1892 and leave your name and number. Someone will return your call to take payment information. The theatre is handicapped accessible. Call and arrange for special wheelchair seating.

Actfest Winners!


The Leeds Arts Council  is so proud to announce that our play “THE RABBIT HOLE” won these honors at Actfest 2017 in Wetumpka:
Best in Show
Best Costumes
Best Set
Best Supporting Actress – May Page Wilson Lyons
As winners of the Alabama State Festival we have advanced to participate at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)  in Lexington Kentucky in March of 2017. We will be joined by the Wetumpka Depot Theater’s “GLASS MENAGERIE”. This is such a great honor to be representing our state in this competition as only two productions were chosen.
We will be sending our award winning cast Cliff Keen, Jr., Ashley Richardson, Pam Elders and Mary-Page Wilson Lyons, the lighting and sound tech Clark French and the Directors Dianne Rowe and Cliff Keen, Jr.

Rabbit Hole

rabbit-holeOctober 26, 2016

7:00 PM

Tickets $10

Leeds Theatre’s entry at ACTFest 2017

Directed by Dianne Rowe and Cliff Keen, Jr.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. The show charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

The show stars Ashley Richardson as Becca, Cliff Keen, Jr. as Howie, Pam Elder as Nat, and Mary Page Wilson-Lyons as Izzy.

Proceeds from this benefit show will offset travel costs to ACTFest 17 the Alabama State Community Theatre Festival in Wetumpka. Leeds will be competing with 6 other community theatres for a chance to represent Alabama at SETC next year and hopefully on to Nationals.

Bloody Murder!


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.


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.