September 17, 2022

The Heart of America Youth Ballet (HAYB), located in Lee’s Summit, will perform full-length productions of the Coppélia ballet on November 11 and 12 at the Folly Theatre.

Coppélia, set in an 18th-century Polish village, is a charming and comedic ballet enchanting audiences for over a century. Coppélia is a girl who sits on her balcony all day reading a book. Swanhilda and Franz, a betrothed couple in town, are soon to be married. However, Franz is drawn to Coppélia and begins to fall for her instead. In a jealous rage, Swanhilda breaks into Dr.Coppelius’ Toy Shop, where Coppélia is always seen on the balcony. Chaos ensues when Swanhilda makes an important discovery. HAYB Company and Pre-Company dancers of all ages perform the three-act ballet’s leading parts.

In addition to the Coppélia shows, HAYB will continue the tradition of performing excerpts from the ballet at the Coppélia Magical Toy Shop Tea Party. The parties are an excellent opportunity to sample the full-length shows, including costume design and choreography.

Magical Toy Shop Tea Parties – Heart of America Dance Centre, 220 SE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Please call 816.554.3033, 4:30–8 p.m., Monday–Friday, for tickets.

• October 15 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

• October 16 at 10 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.

Coppélia Ballet Performances – The Folly Theatre, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri. Audience members of all ages are welcome—tickets are on sale Monday, September 26.

• Friday, November 11, at 7:30 .pm. Order tickets: https://follytheater.org/event/hayb-coppelia-friday/.

• Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. Order tickets: https://follytheater.org/event/hayb-coppelia-saturday/.

The Artistic Director and principal dancers in the Coppélia ballet are available for interviews. To set up an interview, please contact Lisa Anderson at 816-682-8349. For more information about the youth ballet, please visit their website www.hadc.biz.

The Heart of America Youth Ballet is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1989 by Cynthia Monaco to allow serious ballet dancers the opportunity to perform in a professional setting. HAYB’s mission is to promote the arts, emphasizing ballet education and training for young people. The company is invite-only, and the members are selected by the artistic director, exclusively from Heart of America Dance Centre. Through HAYB, Cynthia has brought youth ballet to tens of thousands of people. HAYB’s repertoire includes full-length productions of Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella and The Nutcracker ballet. Cynthia has also created original works such as The Little Mermaid, Wizard of OZ and Alice in Wonderland.

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