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Tribune, Kiwanians Call Sleeping Beauty to S.L.

Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 1959, page 12D
Utah has all the machinery to teach handicapped children.

All that is needed are specially trained teachers.

The Salt lake Tribune and the Salt Lake Valley Kiwanis Clubs hope to relieve the drastic shortage of those teachers through sponsoring a benefit premier of Walt Disney's six million dollar production of "Sleeping Beauty."

At Villa Theater

The benefit will be June 3 at 8:30 p.m. in the Villa Theatre, with all proceeds from the special premier performance going to provide scholarships for teachers.

Lester W. Coon, president of the Salt Lake Exceptional Child Parent-Teacher Assn., said, "The whole program of teaching the exceptional - or handicapped - child is being held up for lack of trained teachers.

Additional Hours

Such teachers must have taught in regular classrooms for two years, must take 36 additional college hours of training and in some cases must take such training out of state.  Many teachers who want to do this special work need help to get the extra training," he said.

Tickets to the benefit premier of the children's classic story will be sold at a special box office in the Uptown Theater, 53 S. Main, beginning Tuesday and daily thereafter from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets Available

In addition, members of the Salt Lake, Bonneville and Sugar House Kiwanis Clubs will have tickets available.

Only a limited number of tickets will be available - on a first come, first served basis - at $5 per seat, with a special "golden horseshoe" section at $10 per seat.

The animated feature film is in Technirama-70, Technicolor and has full stereophonic sound.  The voice of Princess Aurora - the "Sleeping Beauty" - is that of Mary Costa, operatic and television star, while film personality Helen Stanley was model for the artists who drew the princess.