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South Bay Ballet Presents Coppélia – A Doll’s Story

South Bay Ballet will close its 2010 – 2011 Season with classical ballet’s greatest comedy, Coppélia, the story of a life-size dancing doll. Tickets now on sale.

Torrance, CA, April 06, 2011 --( Be whisked away to a toymaker's workshop as South Bay Ballet presents the Storybook Ballet Coppélia, a charming and sentimental tale of mistaken identity and a beautiful life-size doll, on June 4, 2011 at 2 and 6 pm, and June 5 at 3 pm at the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. From the escapades of Dr. Coppélius to the humorous misunderstandings between Swanhilda and Franz, along with the engaging score by Leo Délibes, South Bay Ballet’s staging of this light-hearted comedy promises to delight your auditory and visual senses, and tickle your funny bone. Tickets are now on sale through South Bay Ballet at (562) 754-6476 or by visiting

“Coppélia offers absolute delight to ballet newcomers and families, as well as South Bay Ballet’s most seasoned patrons,” shares Catherine Jacobson, president of the board of directors for South Bay Ballet. “The dancing is of course lovely, while the characterization and comic timing of this classic will keep audiences enchanted the entire time.”

Presented in three acts, Coppélia is a comedic ballet about a mysterious toy-maker, Dr. Coppélius, who lives in the town square. Dr. Coppélius shares his house with a beautiful life-size doll, Coppélia that he created to keep himself company in his workshop. Everyday Coppélia is seated with her book on the front balcony of the toy-maker's workshop. His neighbor, Swanilda, and her fiancé, Franz, believe Coppélia is real. Franz falls in love with the beautiful doll. The adventure begins as both he and Swanilda sneak into the toy-maker's workshop, separately, to meet Coppélia.

South Bay Ballet’s staging of Coppélia promises to captivate with all new costumes of brilliant color and design, and the talented, pre-professional dancers of Lauridsen Ballet Centre, the official school of South Bay Ballet. Senior Company members, John-Paul Simoens will lead the production in the role of Franz partnered by Delaney Zeig in the role Swanilda. Audiences will also be treated to Keiji Ino’s comedic interpretation of Dr. Coppélius.

Information & Ticket Sales:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 – 2 pm & 6 pm
Sunday, June 5, 2011 – 3 pm

James Armstrong Theatre
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, California 90503

All seats $22


About South Bay Ballet:
South Bay Ballet, a non-profit organization, provides quality artistic performances to the community as well as outstanding training to young and pre-professional dancers. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Diane Lauridsen, and Assistant Artistic Director Candice Davis, the Company’s mission is to provide a nurturing environment for serious dance students to develop their skills while offering artistic excellence to the community. The Company is dedicated to providing performance opportunities that build character and confidence. The ultimate goal is to carry young dancers into their professional lives.

South Bay Ballet continues to present Southern California audiences with a professional level artistic experience. Each year South Bay Ballet offers an eclectic range of ballets, from classical to contemporary. In addition to The Nutcracker, the annual season includes both Bravo! A Classical & Contemporary Ballet Experience and Storybook Ballet, at the James R. Armstrong Theatre.

Contact Information
South Bay Ballet
Lisa Silagy, Marketing/Publicity

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