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Alabama Arts Alliance, Arts Education License Plate Advisory Committee awards grant to SAFE’s Southern Dance & Performing Arts Company


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Alabama Arts Alliance, Arts Education License Plate Advisory Committee has approved a grant to the SAFE’s Southern Dance & Performing Arts Company to assist with the expense of accessibility accommodations for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” and “Big Fish” in the amount of $1,500. This grant is provided in response to the application submitted to the committee and acted on at the meeting on July 15, 2021.

According to Amy McDonald, spokesperson for SAFE’s Southern Dance & Performing Arts Company theatre program, the grant will be used to provide ASL interpreter services for two public performances and one school performance for each production.  “We are grateful that this grant will help us provide a great night of entertainment to individuals that benefit from ASL interpreter services”, stated McDonald.  “I encourage everyone that enjoys the arts to please purchase a “Support the Art” tag. This is a great example of the money you give benefiting our community,” says McDonald.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” public performances are Oct. 21, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 7:00 p.m. Closed school performances will be Oct. 26 at 10:00 a.m. and Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ASL interpreter services will be provided on October 21 and 29 public performances and on Oct. 26 school performance.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is a stage musical with music by Alen Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Wolverton. Adapted from Walt Disney’s Pictures’ Academy Award – winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name – which in turn had been based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at B.B. Comer High School Auditorium, 801 Seminole Avenue, Sylacauga.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling (256) 245-1669. If you are a homeschool, public, or private school interested in attending one of the school performances please call (256) 245-1669.

Southern Dance & Performing Arts, as a program of SAFE, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a solid & focused experience for each student – on & off stage – providing unique performing arts programs.  Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theatre.  The goal is to promote a hands-on experience in the arts, to all children, regardless of race, age, income or level of experience.  For more information about class registration or upcoming events please contact Southern Dance & Performing Arts at (256) 245-1669, email [email protected] or visit the website

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by Music Theatre International. New York, NY. 212-541-4694


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