First State Ballet Theatre's production of "Coppélia," the comic ballet masterpiece, at the Grand Opera House on April 18 and 19, has something for everyone.
"'Coppélia' is near the top of virtually every list of the world's favorite ballets," said First State Ballet president and executive director Robert Grenfell. "It has a charming story, entertaining plot with hilarious physical humor, beautiful and familiar music, exciting choreography, gorgeous costumes from one of Russia's finest costumiers, staging by Kirov-trained artistic director Pasha Kambalov, and high production values.
"It's a ballet for the whole family, one that will delight everyone from 3 to 103," Grenfell said.
The plot features a zany dollmaker, Dr. Coppélius, whose latest life-sized doll attracts the attention of Franz, the village Romeo, who thinks the doll is a real girl. His girlfriend Swanilda finds him flirting with the doll and spurns him. Later, Dr. Coppélius and Swanilda, disguised as the doll, play an elaborate practical joke on Franz.
All ends happily ever after as the villagers celebrate Swanilda and Franz's marriage and Dr. Coppélius gives them his blessing.
Tickets for the production in the Grand's Copeland Hall are $28 to $48 for adults. Students ages 18 and younger are half of the adult prices, and seniors, groups and military get $5 off.