Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fun-Filled 'Coppelia' Closes Pbt's Season

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fun-Filled 'Coppelia' Closes Pbt's Season

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Thrillers, adventure tales and die-for-me romances have their places in ballet. But sometimes, a feel-good, happily-ever-after hits the spot.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre -- hot off its drama-packed "Streetcar Named Desire" -- will close its 42nd season this weekend with the lighthearted romantic comedy "Coppelia" with the orchestra at the Benedum Center, Downtown.

Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's short stories "Der Sandmann," the ballet stages the story of village lovers Franz and Swanhilda and the humorous absurdity that unfolds when Franz becomes smitten with another gal who turns out to be a life-like doll crafted by inventor Dr. Coppelius. Paris Opera Ballet premiered it in 1870.

"It's one of my favorite classical ballets," said artistic director Terrence Orr. "It just has so much dancing in it and so much life."

Colorful sets and costumes contribute to the whimsy, which gets a boost from a lyrical score by Leo Delibes that the PBT orchestra will perform under the direction of music director Charles Barker. …

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