This year, instead of going to see The Nutcracker, we opted to visit the Rhode Island State Ballet’s performance of Coppelia. We had visited the Rhode Island Ballet last year to see Giselle, and had seen the Nutcracker in Boston last year. One of the goals for my boys is that they learn to appreciate all forms of art, including ballet.
This year, the boys were excited and actually looking forward to seeing the performance. The story of Coppelia is about an inventor, Dr. Coppelius, who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a young villager, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde. So she breaks into the Dr. Coppelius’ shop, and dresses as the doll, pretending to make it come to life. Doing so ultimately saves Franz from an untimely end at the hands of the Dr. Coppelius.
This was the dress rehearsal performance for school children, so it got loud at times during intermission. But overall, for the cost ($8 / ticket) it’s a wonderful time and very fun and educational. For tickets to the spring’s performance of Giselle or for next year’s Coppelia performance, check out the Rhode Island Ballet web site. For payment, mail a check to Ballet of RI, P.O.Box 155, Lincoln, RI 02865-0155, Attn: Ana M. Fox.