State Ballet of Rhode Island - COPPELIA

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 58 th performing season (2017-2018) on December 8 th & 9 th 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 toy maker 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 8 th – 6:45pm

“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. $20per person, reservation required
call 401-334- 2560 or


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.

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
Available Now!


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.

There are several ways to buy tickets: Visit our Box Office, Order via phone, or Click the link below to purchase now, online:

Park Theatre Box Office
848 Park Avenue, Cranston RI 02910

voice 401.467.7275
Monday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Show Dates

Friday, December 08, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 1:30pm