Classic Comic Ballet ‘Coppelia’ Presented by Colorado Youth Ballet and Ballet Society Pre Professional Division Dancers
Photo by: Donna Lorrig
Eighty-five local dancers from Ballet Society of Colorado Springs Pre Professional division and premiere performing ensembleColorado Youth Ballet will be joined by principal dancer, Matthew Helms, of Boulder Ballet in the full-length version of ‘Coppelia’, a classic comic ballet at 3:00pm on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Mitchell High School Theatre.
“Our Coppelia is a delightful story of an over enthusiastic toy maker who is caught up in the middle of a laughable love triangle,” says Ballet Society founder and director Patricia Hoffman. “Our heroine’s romance is saved by discovering that her rival is actually a doll posing in the window of the toy shop. This is really a hilarious tale poking fun at how seriously we can sometimes take our own misconceptions. Fortunately, a happily-ever-after finale makes everything right in the end.”
‘Swanhilda’ will be portrayed by Amanda Townley who is a graduating senior from Woodland Park. “I relate to Swanhilda the most through her relationship with her friends,” says Townley. “In the ballet they are there for her the entire time through good times and bad, just like my friends are.” Townley is a five time award winner at the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancer’s Scholarship Competition and also a multiple time award winner of Colorado Springs Dance Theatre’s Esther Geoffrey competition. She has been offered a 100% merit based tuition scholarship to the Colorado Ballet Summer Intensive with a pending studio company contract.
“In my past appearances with the Youth Ballet, my roles have been regal prince-like characters,” says twenty-three year old Boulder Ballet principal artist, Matthew Helms, who portrays Swanhilda’s fiancé. “I really relate to Franz’s enthusiastic love of life. He is just a simple peasant who falls in love and is trying to navigate all the complexities of his situation.” Helms has been a guest artist in previous Youth Ballet productions, including The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center where he has danced as the Nutcracker Prince, Russian and Arabian Variations. He was also featured last May in the Youth Ballet’s season finale of the full-length Swan Lake as Prince Siegfried. “I really admire the dedication and commitment that Patty, and the Ballet Society staff, give to their young dancers.”
“It is really an honor to be cast as Dr. Coppelius,” says Ford Tackett. “The best part of portraying the toymaker is being able to add some of my own interpretation to a character who is both foreign to me and yet, on another level, someone with whom I can easily identify.” Tackett is one of the adult dancers at Ballet Society who began taking classes at the studio two and a half years ago with a goal to explore dance beyond the competitive ball room world that he has been part of for over seven years. “My favorite thing about being part of Ballet Society is the excellent training I receive coupled with the care and concern for me as both a dancer and a person. I’ve seen how much this studio strives for excellence and enjoy the feeling of knowing that I’m actually part of something quite special.”
“I love being with such an incredible group,” says Youth Ballet member, seventeen year old Charlotte Coltrin. “We work extremely hard, but at the same time we’re like a family.” Coltrin will open the performance with the famed pas de deux from ‘Le Corsaire’ partnering with Helms. She has been a student at the studio for ten years and is also a multiple time award winner at the Denver Ballet Guild and a recipient of the Esther Geoffrey scholarship competition awards including the top award in the Jazz category this year. Coltrin has been accepted into the University of Arizona dance program with dance and academic scholarships where she is planning to attend this fall. “Being part of Ballet Society has made me realize the importance of a strong foundation and good technique, as well as being versatile with different styles of dance.”
Charlotte Coltrin and Matthew Helms
Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
“Each time we have presented Coppelia in Colorado Springs our dancers have received a standing ovation,” says Ballet Society instructor, Caitlin Hoffman. “It is hard to imagine that we can top that, but from what I’ve seen in rehearsals, this will be the best Coppelia presentation we’ve had yet.”
Tickets for Coppelia are $15 for adults and $11 (12 and under & Seniors) and are available at: Ballet Society of Colorado Springs by calling 719.272.7078 or at the studio Front Desk at 4005 Lee Vance View, Suite 100; Colorado Springs, CO.
Who: Colorado Youth Ballet and Ballet Society Pre Professional Division
What: Coppelia ~A Classic Comic Ballet
Where: Mitchell High School Theatre, 1205 Potter Drive, Colorado Springs, CO
When: Saturday, April 20, 3pm
Tickets: $15 Adults, $11 (12 and under & Seniors)
Wheat dance from 2009 performance Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
Czardas dance from 2009 performance Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
Dolls from 2009 performance Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
Dr. Coppelius and Swanhilda from 2009 performance Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography
Charlotte Coltrin and Matthew Helms Photo by: Ted Mehl of A Better Image Photography