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DOCTOR AND “DOLL” – Drew
Davidson as Dr. Coppélius attempts to woo Klara (Tara Butler), who
is pretending to be Coppélia, the life size doll he thinks he has
brought to life, in the Ballet Jorgen production coming to Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on February.
5. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-549-4371.
COLUMBIA’S 2004 SEASON CONTINUES WITH
BALLET JÖRGEN’S “COPPÉLIA”
HAMMOND -- Canada’s Ballet Jörgen,
internationally acclaimed for its original choreography and artistic excellence,
will bring the comedic "toy story" of “Coppélia” to the stage of
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts on Feb. 5.
The ballet, described as "innovative,
whimsical and amusing, yet dramatic in all the right places," tells the
story of a beautiful and charming puppet who comes to life and ultimately
falls for the wrong man. The enchanting production brought to the stage
by artistic director Bengt Jörgen has been acclaimed for its delightful
new choreography and colorful, playful costuming.
Tickets for “Coppélia,”
which begins at 7 p.m., are $25, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $23, Orchestra 2
and Balcony 1; and $20, Balcony 2.
The ballet’s story revolves around
Dr. Coppélius, and the lovers Nathanael and Klara. Nathanael is
fascinated by Coppélius’ creation, the life-sized doll Coppélia,
not knowing that the doctor plans to rob him of his life force to bring
the doll to life. When jealous Klara dons the doll’s clothing, Coppélius
thinks he has succeeded. He falls in love with his creation and awakens
dormant passions in Klara, too. Finally, Klara tosses the undressed doll
at Coppélius’ feet. Coppélius is still in love with
Klara, but he teaches Klara and Nathanael to love each other more deeply,
and the pair is reunited.
Ballet Jörgen was founded
in 1987 to create an outlet for Canadian choreographers. The company has
grown to become the second largest is Ontario and the fifth largest in
Canada. Renowned as a national center of choreographic development, Ballet
Jörgen is recognized internationally for its entrepreneurial innovation,
and its commitment to original choreography and artistic excellence.
The company is also regarded
as the most prolific in Canada, presenting more performances to more communities
than any of its provincial counterparts. In 2004, the company plans 131
performances to 74 communities in less than 45 weeks.
Also on Feb. 5, Ballet Jorgen
will perform “The Velveteen Rabbit” for selected area schools as part of
the Columbia Theatre’s on-going education outreach program. The performance
is not open to the public.
Tickets for “Coppélia” are on sale at the Columbia box
office, located in the downtown Hammond theater’s lobby, 220 E. Thomas
Street, 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon to five p.m., weekdays.
Tickets are also available online at www.ticketweb.com.
The Columbia Theatre’s 2004 season
continues on February 27 with “Mostly Mozart,” the first of a trio of concerts
by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The season also includes
the musical “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the comedy/drama “Earl Long in Purgatory,”
Herman’s Hermits, the Ten Tenors, and bluegrass singer Marty Raybon.
For additional information or to request
a 2004 season brochure, call the Columbia/Fanfare office, 985-543-4366.
Information is also be available online at www.selu.edu/columbia.