Coppélia: A Whimsical and Enchanting Love Story of a Dancing Doll

In their 57th performance season, The State Ballet of RI (SBRI) and Artistic Director Herci Marsden continues to honor their title as Rhode Island’s longest standing civic, regional ballet company by inspiring their audiences with the classic taste of ballet, complimented by unforgettable entertainment.

On December 2 & 3, 2016, SBRI will perform its Rhode Island holiday tradition- Herci Marsden’s “Coppélia”. A comedic ballet, “Coppélia” is a witty and enchanting love story of a dancing doll. Throw in life-size dancing dolls, a quirky doll maker, and a happily-ever-after and you have yourself a ballet designed for the entertainment of all ages. While older members of the audience may reminisce about the zeal and humor of their first love personified in this dramatic comedy, children will be filled with the wonderment and magic of wooden dolls seemingly coming to life. Therefore, come join The State Ballet of RI for a ballet that will tickle your stomach with laughter, ignite the warmth of young love, and inspire a breath of innocent imagination.

Friday, December 2nd @ 10amPROJECT BALLET IN EDUCATION - A “PAY WHAT YOU CAN EVENT”. For seats or questions to the 10am show or to reserve your seat call SBRI @ 401-334-2560. Please Note: TICKETS WILL GO FAST!

Friday, Dec. 2nd @ 7:30pm and Saturday, Dec. 3rd @ 1:30pm

There are several ways to buy tickets: 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


Tea Time in the Toy Shop: For kids @12 noon before the 1:30 Saturday matinee. Please call the SBRI Office at 401-334-2560. Limited seating, reservation required. $20 per person. Light fare, tea, coffee and special sweets.

The State Ballet of Rhode Island Season Sponsors are: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, RI PBS, Gloria Gemma Resource Foundation, Asia Grille and Cardi’s Furniture

More about Coppélia:

Coppélia is a comic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes. Coppélia was first performed by SBRI in 1962 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. A favorite of the founding artistic directors for its spunk, romantic comedy, and Slavic influence, Coppélia was chosen as the Company’s traditional 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 Coppélia 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 second and third-generation memories and lovers of the ballet.