If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a ballerina or if you’re a fan of ballet visit the Children’s Department on Saturday, March 24. A ballerina from The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will tell us a little about what it takes to dance with the ballet and will teach us a few simple ballet positions, too. Everyone who comes to the program will get discount coupons for the ballet and their names will go into a drawing for tickets to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s Production of Coppelía.
The ballet Coppelía is based on an old tale, written in in the early 1800s by E.T.A. Hoffman. Old Doctor Coppelíus has a secret that has the town wondering. Townspeople spy a young girl sitting on his balcony. Who can she be? This young girl captures the attention of Franz, much to the dismay of his fiancée Swanhilda. Swanhilda attempts to discover the secret of the maiden who has captivated Franz by sneaking into the Doctor’s house. Once inside she is amazed to find a workshop full of wind-up toys.
If you, like Swanhilda, want to discover the secret of Doctor Coppelíus and his lovely Coppelía you can attend a Pittsburgh Ballet Theater performance from April 13 to 15. If you can’t make it to the ballet you can read the story in The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet retold by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Angela Barrett. Or you can read the much darker version of the tale in the short story The Sandman by ETA Hoffman.
The FUNdamentals program will also be presented at CLP’s Brookline branch on Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 PM.