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Coppelia | The State Ballet of Rhode Island
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Kick off your holiday season with a Rhode Island tradition! The State Ballet of Rhode Island presents Herci Marsden’s Coppélia.

A witty & enchanting love story of a dancing doll.

Next Performance - November 27 @1PM








Effective immediately and until further notice:  Patrons attending in-person, indoor performances (of SBRI) must either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test dated within 72 hours of performance time.  For patrons under the age of 12, vaccination or test results are not required, but must be accompanied by an adult with the correct proof.  All patrons, regardless of age or vaccination status, must wear a mask (covering nose and mouth) while inside the venue (unless eating or drinking).


Kick off your holiday season with a Rhode Island tradition.  The State Ballet of Rhode Island (SBRI) presents Herci Marsden’s Coppelia, a witty and enchanting love story with life size dancing dolls and a dash of magic.

Set to the beautiful music of Leo Delibes, you enter the world of the feisty Swanhilda, pompous Frantz, and the mysterious toy maker with his enamel eyed girl Coppelia sitting in the toy shop window.

FREE PARKING and pre-show talk forty-five minutes before show time.  

Leading dancers:
Brianna Mattis & Devon Larcher – 1pm show

Ashley Pabon & Josh Thake – 6pm show

McVinney Auditorium 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RI – McVinney Box

Office (401) 278-4588

Adults $30
Student 12 & under / senior $27


Date:  November 27 – 1PM

McVinney Auditorium


Date:  November 27 – 6PM

McVinney Auditorium

Effective immediately and until further notice: All patrons attending in-person, indoor performances (of SBRI) must either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days have passed since the final dose), or proof of a negative COVID19 PCR test (within 72 hours of performance time), or proof of a negative COVID-19 Antigen Test (taken within six hours of performance time). All patrons regardless of
vaccination status are required to wear masks (covering their nose and mouth at all times) while inside the venue (unless actively eating or

Made possible in part by The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a RI Culture, Humanities and Arts Recovery Grant.

Venue Update

For the first time the State Ballet will present their holiday ballet Coppelia at the newly renovated, 750 capacity, McVinney Auditorium in Providence. With new sets, costuming and outstanding dancers, be sure to get your tickets early to this comical ballet that will tickle you with
laughter and entertain you as it has entertained audiences for more than
150 years.

Did You Know?

Coppelia was first performed by SBRI in the State of RI in 1962 at
Veterans Memorial Auditorium. At that time founding prima ballerina
Herci Marsden danced the role of Swanhilda.

SBRI holds true to the art form of classical ballet, preserving culture and tradition in motion. Many of the costumes worn, the props carried, and the scenery hung are decades old. The story of Coppélia is historic, as it was performed for the first time in Paris in 1870. New dancers, costumes, and audience members come with each passing year–and these fresh aspects blend with the traditional to become a masterpiece of creating, presenting and preserving this production for past and future generations of ballet lovers.