Enhance your holiday season with this Rhode Island tradition The State Ballet of Rhode Island and Artistic Director Herci Marsden Present: Coppelia

Artistic Director Herci Marsden and The State Ballet of Rhode Island Company open their 58th performing season (2017-2018) on December 8th & 9th at the beautiful Park Theatre in Cranston, RI.

Coppelia – Enhance your holiday season with this Rhode Island Tradition – is a witty and enchanting classic story ballet that is considered one of the ballet world’s greatest comedy.  Set to the beautiful music of Leo Delibes, you enter the world of the feisty Swanhilda, the pompous Frantz, a mysterious toymaker with life-size dancing dolls and a snowy wedding celebration that will be sure to dazzle all. 

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Enhance your experience and check out these additional pre-performance events:

“Opening Night: Champagne & Tututini Reception”                                                                                         
Join us in celebration, as the curtain rises on the 58th performing season of SBRI.  December 8th– 6:45 pm

“Tea Time in the Toy Shop”                                                                                                                                    
Our Kids Tea Time is sure to inspire your children with a cast meet and greet, tea time snacks, souvenirs, a backstage tour and photo opportunity. December 9th-12 noon.

In addition, be sure to check out the handmade costumes from the private collection of Artistic Director/Prima Ballerina Herci Marsden on display at both of these pre-show events.

Get your tickets early for SBRI’s cultural treasure, Coppelia, a ballet that will tickle you with laughter and entertain as it has entertained audiences for more than 140 years. 

Show Dates:                                                                                                 
Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm                                                                             
Saturday, December 9 at 1:30pm                                                                       
Tickets: $25 to $32.50                                                                 

FREE PARKING                                                                                    
Visit the Park Box Office, Order via phone, or purchase online:

Park Theatre Box Office                                                                                                                                           
848 Park Ave. Cranston, RI                                                                                                                                    
Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm.                                                                                                                       
Groups of 10 or more get the best seats at the best prices!
Call 401-467-7275

“Tea Time in the Toy Shop” Reservations:                                                                                                          
$20 per person.                                                                                                                                                          

Call 401-334-2560, or                                                                                     

This event requires a reservation


Additional information: People of all ages are touched by a theatre experience. Friday, December 8 @ 10am, SBRI’s Project Ballet in Education Coppelia Performance, “Pay What You Can Event”. If you experience the arts, you will become aware of it and then you will gain an appreciation for it. (Suggested price $10 per seat)  For this educational show, call 401-334-2560 for seats.

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Coppélia is a comic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes.
Coppelia was first performed by SBRI in 1962 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Coppelia, a favorite of the founding Marsden family for its spunk, romantic comedy, and Slavic influence.
Coppelia was chosen as the Company’s Rhode Island traditional holiday ballet. 

SBRI holds true to the art form of classical ballet, preserving culture and tradition in motion.  The costumes worn, the props carried, and the scenery hung, many are decades old.  The storyline of Coppelia is vintage as well, as it was performed as a ballet for the first time in 1870 in Paris.  However, new dancers, costumes, and audience members come with each passing year.  These fresh aspects gel well with the existing, as to create third and fourth-generation memories and lovers of the ballet.

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