Coppélia Dec. 20 & 21, 2013
Peg Chobanian & Mark Marsden
perform the sweat heart roles of Swanhilda and Frantz Friday night, 7:30 pm show.
Kim Najjar & Eivar Martinez
perform Friday 10 am and the Saturday matinee
at 1:30 pm.
Martinez is a local resident and principal guest artist with SBRI this
Alumni Guest Artist William Kilroy
It all began in the early 80's?
Professional actor William Kilroy currently has a variety of appearances in theatres ranging from New York to California, not to mention his teaching duties as Professor and Chair of Theatre at the University of Southern Maine. Yet Professor Kilroy, as an Alumni Artist of SBRI, returns faithfully every December to reprise the role of Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia. We are proud to have him year after year showing his dedication to SBRI, and his delightfully humorous, memorable portrayal of Dr. Coppelius.
Did you know?...
Did you know that Coppelia was the first comedy ballet to be created for the ballet world? Dancer/choreographer Arthur Saint-Leon premiered Coppelia in Paris in 1870! Also, it was the first time that ethnic folk dance made a prominent appearance in a ballet giving us the Mazurka and Czardas dances in act one. Herci Marsden's choreography is after Arthur Saint-Leon's creation.
In 1962, The State Ballet of RI premiered Coppelia with founding prima ballerina Herci Marsden dancing the lead female role of the feisty Swanhilda!