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SDPAC presents original ballet “Christmas Angels” this Sunday


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Dance and Performing Arts Center (SDPAC) will present the third annual “Christmas Angels” ballet this weekend.

SDPAC, a program through the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE), will share an original ballet called “Christmas Angels” on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sylacauga High School auditorium.

“Christmas Angels” was developed and choreographed by Jeanna Sumners, the Artistic Coordinator at SDPAC. Her inspiration draws from a story she and her sister came up with as children as they passed the time until Christmas Day.

The ballet is an idea inspired out of awareness for displaced children. This original production begins with a festive scene of the Christmas season contrasted with the loneliness and brokenness the children without homes experience at the holidays.

“This has been on my heart since I was seven years old,” said Sumners. “First of all, I love my city. We’re able to help foster children in Talladega County, and that’s a big thing for me.”

The performance highlights the needs of children in the community and is a way for the dancers to bring holiday cheer to other children. Any profits generated from “Christmas Angels” will be used to purchase coats for the children in the Talladega County Foster Care Program.

“It takes people with a heart wanting to do something for others in the community,” remarked Sumners when asked what it takes to put this production together. “When you get people together with multiple gifts and talents, you’ve got a [quality] product.”

Tickets may be purchased for $15 at, calling (256) 245-1669, or at the Southern Dance and Performing Arts Center at 109 N. Broadway Ave. in Sylacauga.

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