Sarah Silver Hands receives $20,000 NEA Grant
VORTEX Repertory Company is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Sarah Silver Hands, a world premiere musical for all ages by award-winning Austin composer, Chad Salvata, and directed by VORTEX Producing Artistic Director, Bonnie Cullum. Sarah Silver Hands premieres at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas in October 2011.
Sarah Silver Hands is an original fairy tale, inspired loosely by the Grimm Brothers’ The Girl with No Hands. The protagonist, Sarah, Princess of the Autumn Kingdom, overcomes the disability of losing her hands to find her own truth and magic, and finally ends the war between the Autumn and Winter Kingdoms. Sarah reclaims the hero’s journey for young women as she rises above the obstacles of disability and tragedy to find self-empowerment.
Chad Salvata’s work has been widely recognized for its musical beauty and fantastical imagination. He has received numerous awards for excellence in his original works including The Dragonfly Princess, Bell(e), Vampyress, Pythia Dust, and The X&Y Trilogy. Sarah Silver Hands will be Salvata’s first work specifically designed for all ages.