Milwaukee Ballet Closes 2010-11 Season with 'Coppélia'

~ Classical ballet’s greatest comedy will captivate audiences May 19 – 22 ~

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MILWAUKEE – April 14, 2011 – Audiences will be whisked away to a toymaker’s workshop when Milwaukee Ballet presents Coppélia, classical ballet’s greatest comedy, May 19 – 22 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Like the popular Nutcracker, this whimsical production requires a large cast that, in addition to the entire Company, includes dancers from the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program. Daniel Mooney, an actor with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, will join the Ballet in the non-dancing role of Dr. Coppélius. The classic story will come to life through the use of gorgeous costumes, colorful scenery, and Léo Delibes’ classic score performed live by the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink based the choreography and staging for this production on Enrico Cecchetti and Lev Ivanov’s version of the ballet.

Coppélia has a great history with Milwaukee Ballet. It was the first full-length story ballet produced by the Company in December 1970. It was last performed in Milwaukee in 1991. The production is often referred to as the pre-cursor to classical ballet. When it was created in the late 19th Century it was very forward-looking, and it laid the groundwork for many of the classical ballets that followed.

The Story
Full of humor, mystery and romance, Coppélia is the story of a life-size doll, created by Doctor Coppélius, the town’s most mysterious citizen. The doll magically comes to life and attracts the attention of a local villager so entranced by its beauty that his wife-to-be must impersonate the doll in order to win back his love. Wild chaos erupts, but in the end all is forgiven.

Ticket Information
Tickets for Coppélia range from $25-$89, and are available online at www.milwaukeeballet.org or by calling 414-902-2103.

PETER PAN PRE-SALE
Any one who purchases tickets to Coppélia through Milwaukee Ballet's box office can ask to be added to the Peter Pan (May 10-13, 2012) pre-sale list later this summer. Given Peter Pan sold out in 2010, this is a unique opportunity for people to secure their tickets early.

Special Events
Bring Your Doll to Bayshore Day

Milwaukee Ballet is hosting Bring Your Doll to Bayshore Day Saturday, April 23 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Bayshore Town Center Rotunda. This free family event includes a live ballet performance from the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II dancers, a ballet lesson, a craft, and an opportunity for kids and their favorite dolls or action figures to take pictures with the dancers.

Dine with Your Doll Coppélia Brunch
On Sunday, May 22, Milwaukee Ballet is inviting parents to give their children an opportunity to bring their favorite dolls to dine and experience Coppélia’s folly as a family, surrounded by life-size dolls at the Bradley Pavilion in the Marcus Center. Guests will enjoy a scrumptious brunch, arts and crafts, a souvenir autographed Coppélia poster and much more. The brunch runs from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Admission is $40/adult and $20/child (12 & under). For more information or to make a reservation, call Molly Canan at 414-902-2114 or register online at www.milwaukeeballet.org/events. Admission price does not include ticket(s) to the Coppélia performance at 1:30 p.m. For performance tickets and/or group rates contact the box office at 414-902-2103.

Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 23 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School's annual enrollment averages 1,200 students at three locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Note to Editors: Interviews with Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink or the dancers, and high-resolution images are available upon request.