Players at Leeds Theater prepare to put on classic 'Cinderella'
by Will Heath
Jul 05, 2012 | 3663 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Chandler Champion, left, will play Cinderella in the Leeds Arts Council’s production this summer. Mark Zekoff, right, will play Prince Charming.
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LEEDS — Chandler Champion’s dance card is full on a daily basis.
 
The new Miss Leeds Area — she was crowned just last week — is also playing the lead role in the Leeds Arts Council’s upcoming edition of “Cinderella.” 
 
“I have managed,” Champion said. “It’s been pretty busy.”
 
Rehearsals have been ongoing since mid-May. The show opens July 12 at 7 p.m.
 
“It’s a challenge because everyone knows it,” director Cliff Keen, in his sixth year directing shows in Leeds, said Wednesday. “People know the story, and it brings all those people together. You get a good mix of talented people, and that’s what makes it exciting.”
 
Champion, 19, is from Leeds, but is participating in her first show. Prince Charming, 22-year-old Mark Zekoff, of Hoover, has played in six shows in the last seven years. “Cinderella” is his first in Leeds.
 
“We will be ready,” Zekoff said. “We’re ready to have an audience.”
 
The LAC is also offering something special for youngsters who come to see the show. For each Saturday show, the LAC will host “Cinderella’s Party,” beginning at 5 p.m. in the theater. 
 
For a $10 ticket, children of all ages can have a snack on stage with Cinderella, the Prince and the Fairy Godmother. There will be photo opportunities, as well.
 
Each child who wears a costume depicting a character in the play will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Cinderella doll. The drawing will take place each Sunday, though participants need not be present to win.
 
Additionally, at all shows, magic wands will be for sale in the lobby for $5, before the show, at intermission and after the show. 
 
Show dates are July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., and July 15, 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Prepaid tickets are $15 apiece, and tickets at the door will cost $20.
 
For more information or to order tickets, call 205-699-1892, or visit wwwleedsartscouncil.org.

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