Leeds Center for the Arts is excit­ed to announce its 2022–2023 the­atri­cal sea­son, “A Season of {Leeds} Family.” Whether it be sto­ries of cho­sen fam­i­ly or blood rel­a­tives… all of these shows cel­e­brate the Leeds Family!

In August of 2022, Leeds will be pro­duc­ing its first sum­mer musi­cal since Mamma Mia! in 2019. The Addams Family, a com­i­cal feast that embraces the wack­i­ness in every fam­i­ly, fea­tures an orig­i­nal sto­ry and it’s every father’s night­mare: Wednesday Addams, the ulti­mate princess of dark­ness, has grown up and fall­en in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable fam­i­ly — a man her par­ents have nev­er met. And if that wasn’t upset­ting enough, Wednesday con­fides in her father and begs him not to tell her moth­er. Now, Gomez Addams must do some­thing he’s nev­er done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole fam­i­ly on the fate­ful night they host a din­ner for Wednesday’s “nor­mal” boyfriend and his parents. 

This hilar­i­ous show has some­thing for every­one! August 12–14, 19–21, and 26–28, 2022.

In November of 2022, the children’s musi­cal will be Newsies Jr.! When pow­er­ful news­pa­per pub­lish­ers raise prices at the news­boys’ expense, the charis­mat­ic Jack Kelly ral­lies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair con­di­tions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger unit­ed and cre­ate a move­ment to fight for what’s right. 

Inspired by the rous­ing true sto­ry of news­boys in turn-of-the-cen­tu­ry New York City, Newsies Jr. fea­tures action-packed singing and danc­ing and reminds us that fam­i­ly is not always our rel­a­tives, it is the peo­ple on whom we can rely. November 4–6 and 11–13, 2022.

February 2023 brings some­thing new to Leeds’s stage: Peter and the Starcatcher. This play upends the cen­tu­ry-old sto­ry of how a mis­er­able orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a., Peter Pan). From maraud­ing pirates and jun­gle tyrants to unwill­ing com­rades and unlike­ly heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher play­ful­ly explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friend­ship, duty, and love. February 24–26 and March 3–5, 2023.

Finally, the sea­son ends with the clas­sic Little Women: The Musical. Little Women fol­lows the adven­tures of sis­ters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is try­ing to sell her sto­ries for pub­li­ca­tion, but the pub­lish­ers are not inter­est­ed – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do bet­ter and write more from her­self. Begrudgingly tak­ing this advice, Jo weaves the sto­ry of her­self and her sis­ters and their expe­ri­ence grow­ing up in Civil War America. 

This time­less, cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ry is brought to life in this glo­ri­ous musi­cal filled with per­son­al dis­cov­ery, heartache, hope, and ever­last­ing love. May 5–7 and 12–14, 2023.

All tick­et­ing infor­ma­tion can be found at Leeds’ web­site: www.leedscenter.org. Auditions
for The Addams Family are sched­uled for May 12 and 13, 2022, and are for ages 14
and up. More audi­tion announce­ments will be avail­able soon!

  • Ellie is the direc­tor of mar­ket­ing and out­reach at Leeds Center for the Arts and a free­lance direc­tor and chore­o­g­ra­ph­er. She loves work­ing with chil­dren and is the pri­ma­ry dance teach­ing artist for Leeds’ arts edu­ca­tion pro­gram, SPARK. She holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Kentucky, but her true pas­sion is the arts. She has two cats, Sally and Ralph, and loves to trav­el, knit, and sing.