ADT Presents: Beauty and The Beast
The Alabama Dance Theatre concluded a weekend of four spectacular performances of the long-awaited, full-length ballet of “Beauty and the Beast,” choreographed by ADT’s very own Sara Sanford.
The huge cast of 80 was impressive in ADT’s most-extravagant performance to date. Creating atmospheric lighting and enhancing the beauty onstage was talented lighting designer Josh Monroe. Following the Saturday matinee, children were invited on stage to meet Beauty and her friends, have cast members autograph their admission tickets and take photographs with the dancers. As the children exited the stage the little girls received beautiful red roses and little boys were given toy swords.
Following the performances, Alabama Dance Theatre gathered at the Armory Learning Arts Centre for a wrap-up party, organized by Dana Parkman and Shannon Wilson, where graduating senior, Virginia Perry, gave a heartfelt message and left behind her legacy to younger dancers in the company. Faculty awards were given out to the senior company members.
ADT would like to thank the sponsors for “Beauty & the Beast,” Owen Aronov & Family, Regions Bank, The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser, Cumulus Broadcasting. ADT is funded in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Special thanks also goes to The Daniel Foundation of Alabama for their generous support of this three-year project and Mayor Todd Strange, the city of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. Housing sponsors were Doubletree Downtown, Jason and Melanie Gentry, PJ and Hannah Beaver, Ruth and David Givens and Andy and Wynn Stumpf; Stivers Ford provided transportation.
Preparations are now underway for an exciting spring and summer! ADT offers a variety of summer classes, seminars and events. For more information, call 334.625.2590 or visit www.alabamadancetheatre.com.