First State Ballet Theatre

Delaware's Professional Ballet Company

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full length ballets and mixed-repertory programs throughout the state, commissions new choreography from internationally renowned choreographers, offers performing opportunities to aspiring dancers, and educates the Delaware dance audience of the future.

Headquartered in Wilmington's beautiful and historic Grand Opera House, First State Ballet Theatre performs under the artistic direction of Kirov-trained Pasha Kambalov.

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Coppélia

A ballet in three acts.

The ballet premiered on May 25, 1870 at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra with the 16-year-old Giuseppina Bozzacchi in the principal role of Swanilda. Based on two short stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Der Sandmann (The Sandman), and Die Puppe (The Doll), Coppélia eventually became the most performed ballet at the Opéra.

Read the full synopsis here!


Music by LÉO DELIBES
Choreography PASHA KAMBALOV after ARTHUR SAINT-LÉON
Lighting by GENEVIEVE FANELLI
Stage Manager PAIGE OBARA
Costumes by JOANNE EPSTEIN, LISA DIVORKINA, TERENTIEV-BENEFIS-ART
Set Design BOB PARKER, BOB EIZEMBER and PAULA WOOLFOLK
Ballet Master LEV ASSOUIAK
Ballet Mistress KRISTINA KAMBALOV
Wardrobe CHRISTINA ADLER, JOANNE EPSTEIN, TRACI EIZEMBER, PAIGE OBARA
Company Photographer TISA DELLA-VOLPE


Swanilda                              RIE AOKI

Franz                                      LEONID GOYKHMAN

Dr. Coppélius                    EDWARD PERSONDEK

Coppélia                             *LAUREN CHUA

 Swanhilda’s Friends     AUBREY CLEMENS, LAUREN FRERE, ANDREA OLAZAGASTI, MARY KATE REYNOLDS,                                                   MOLLY ROONEY, EMILY SHENAUT

 Mazurka                           JOHN BREWER, ALEX BUCKNER, HANNAH EPSTEIN, JUSTIN ESTELLE, COURTNEY                                                          HURD, ABIGAIL KASTEN, JAMIE MEYER, JAKE NOWICKI, ETHAN HUNTER RAYSOR,                                                       ANGELA ZIELEN

Mayor                                 FRANK OBARA

Astronomer Doll          JOHN BREWER

Ballerina Doll                 HANNAH EPSTEIN

Chinese Doll                    ALEX BUCKNER

Knight Doll                       ETHAN HUNTER RAYSOR

Harlequin Doll               ABIGAIL KASTEN

Spanish Doll                    ANGELA ZIELEN

Dance of the Hours    *ANNA BASSETT, LAUREN CHUA, AUDREY COUGHENOUR, JESSICA EIZEMBER,                                                                  LUCIA FILLIPONE, MAKENNA HIGGINS, JOËLLE JEANNITON, HANNAH JEW, LEYNA                                                      OBARA, HANNAH POTEAT, ISABELLA RUPERT, SABRINA SHULTZ

Prayer                                LAUREN FRERE

Spinners                         JOHN BREWER, ALEX BUCKNER, AUBREY CLEMENS, HANNAH EPSTEIN, JUSTIN                                                              ESTELLE, COURTNEY HURD, ABIGAIL KASTEN, JAMIE MEYER, JAKE NOWICKI,                                                                  ANDREA OLAZAGASTI, ETHAN HUNTER RAYSOR, MARY KATE REYNOLDS, MOLLY                                                        ROONEY, EMILY SHENAUT, ANGELA ZIELEN

Children                       *MEAGHAN ARNOLD, CAMERON BLAIR, PHOEBE DESPERITO, HAVEN HIGGINS,                                                              SAVANNAH NAGY, CAROLINE PFEIFFER, JACQUELINE TAYLOR, KAILA TIMKO            

* Students of The School of First State Ballet Theatre

Special thanks to Bob Eizember, Traci Eizember, Joanne Epstein, Page Obara, Bob Parker, Opera Delaware