Ballet Arts’ Coppélia

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Ballet Arts’ Coppélia

Lizzie LaFont, Editor

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This coming weekend, April 1st-2nd at the Carl Perkins Civic Center, Ballet Arts will be putting on a performance of Coppélia, “a fun little story that little kids can enjoy.” There will be two performances for the public—Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Rachel LaFont, a junior member in Ballet Arts, said that the ballet is fully narrated and also shared a little about the story itself.

Coppélia is about an old toy maker named Dr. Coppelius, Rachel said. He creates a new doll named “Coppélia.” Not knowing she’s a doll, a young man named Franz falls in love with her. However, Franz is already engaged to another woman named Swanhilda.

This is Rachel’s sixth year in the Ballet Arts company, and she highly encourages people to come to the ballet, no matter your age or gender. Months and months of rehearsals lead up to the weekend of the performance. Rachel estimates about 40 hours are put into rehearsal for each dancer the week preceding the show. “A lot of people don’t appreciate ballet as an art form these days, especially in Jackson, so by coming to the ballet, such as Coppélia, people can be enlightened of the beauty of ballet,” Rachel said.

Madison Academic Ballet Arts Members:

Rachel LaFont
Dory Scott
Chloe Smith
Kayla Williams
Natalie Williams

7th-12th graders can contact a Ballet Arts member to receive a reduced price student ticket.

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