Monday, April 28, 2014
With so many events happening in the Lowcountry, perhaps you missed the opportunity to see the delightful ballet “Coppélia” at Wando Performing Arts Center.
Once again, Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company entertained a large audience with their talented dancers, spectacular costumes and awesome scenery as they performed one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century,”Coppélia.” Perfect for the whole family, this timeless tale is about a young couple in love and their battle between idealism and realism. Coppélia, a life-size doll, was created so lifelike that a village boy, Franz, played by Joseph Nguyen, falls in love with her. The boy’s fiancé, Swanhilda, played by Emma Sossamon impersonates the doll in order to win back his affection, ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the doll’s eccentric inventor played by Larisa Dahabi, the company’s artistic director and choreographer. “Coppélia” is a comic ballet originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon to the music of Léo Delibes, with libretto by Charles Nuitter. “Coppélia” premiered on May 25, 1870 at the Theatre Impérial l’Opéra.
There will be another wonderful opportunity for those who missed the last performance as Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company has been invited to participate in North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Festival where they will repeat this wonderful ballet on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Charleston Southern University’s Lightsey Chapel Auditorium. Advanced tickets will sell for $12 and tickets at the door are $15. To purchase tickets, please visit www.mpspa.com or call 843-971-7880.