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Local Ballet Troupe Takes On Classic Comedy For Spring Show

Nicole Barylski

Hampton Ballet Theatre School's latest production features Coppelia. (Photo: Adam Baranello)

This spring, the Hampton Ballet Theatre School (HBTS) is debuting a new production featuring the ballet Coppelia. Performances will take place at Guild Hall's John Drew Theater in East Hampton.

HBTS students prepare for Coppelia. (Photo: Adam Baranello)

"Coppelia is a springtime treat," shared Sara Jo Strickland, Hampton Ballet Theatre School Owner. "One of the great comic ballets of the 19th century, it involves the courtship between feisty Swanilda, Franz and the doll Coppelia." During the production, HBTS stars will be joined by guest artists Nicholas Sipes, who will play the role of Franz, and Adam and Gail Baranello of A&G Dance Company, who will take on the divertissement, "War." Rose Kelly, an Advanced Professional Student Level 6 at HBTS, will be featured as Swanhilda.

The story follows the courtship of Swanhilda and Franz, which turns into a love triangle when Franz sees Coppelia, a life-sized dancing doll that was created by Dr. Coppélius. When Franz chooses Coppelia over Swanhilda, she sets out to set Franz straight and hilarity ensues. "The story involves love, trickery and lots of fun dancing," added Strickland. "HBTS was ready to take on this new ballet to showcase the ever growing talents of the dancers." Set to a score by Leo Delibes, Strickland choreographed the ballet, which includes ornate costumes created and hand-sewn by Yuka Silvera, as well as lighting designed by Sebastian Paczynski.

Strickland is pleased with the progress of her talented students. "They have met this challenge with such grace and confidence and this you will witness it as they take the stage the weekend of April 8 - 10," she noted.

Performances will take place on Friday, April 8th at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 9th at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance for children (under 12-years-old) and $25 for adults for general orchestra seating, in advance. On the day of, tickets are $25 for children and $30 for adults for regular orchestra seating.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call 888-933-4287 or visit hamptonballettheatreschool.com.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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