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Southern Dance and Performing Arts will present Christmas show

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SYLACAUGA — Southern Dance and Performing Arts will present an original ballet, “Christmas Angels — Wrapped in Love,” to benefit displaced children and bring attention to their emotional needs during the holidays.

According to a news release, the ballet was inspired by a story written 50 years ago by Jeanna Sumners and her sister, Susan Haynes Vickery.

“It was a simple and sweet little Christmas story to pass the time while we counted the days down for Santa’s arrival,” she said.

Sumners is the choreographer and artistic coordinator at Southern Dance and Performing Arts, and under her direction, dancers have rehearsed for several weeks to perform Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Sylacauga High School.

She said the opening scene of a bustling downtown area, decorated for the holidays, is a common sight for many small towns in Alabama during the holidays.

“It is Christmas Eve, and families have gathered for the festivities of the annual tree lighting," she was quoted as saying in the news release. "The families are caught up in their own merriment, while six homeless children mingle unnoticed in the midst of the celebration. When the families disperse, returning to their homes to celebrate with their families,the unwanted children remain, huddled around a campfire for warmth.

“Dancers are cast as guardian angels, penguins, snowmen and reindeer, and their amusing dance antics distract the children from their plight as forgotten children and transport them to various Christmas activities to experience love and joy surrounding the celebration of the season.”

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at, calling (256) 245-1669, or at Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company, 109 North Broadway Avenue, Sylacauga. Any profits generated from “Christmas Angels” will be used to buy coats for the children in the Talladega County Foster Care Program.

Kelli Tipton is a Daily Home reporter covering Sylacauga and Childersburg.