Olympic Ballet directors perform in Coppélia

Mar 06, 2014
Olympic Ballet directors Oleg Gorboulev and Mara Vinson present the much-adored comedic ballet, Coppelia, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on March 29.

Olympic Ballet directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev present the much-adored comedic ballet, Coppelia, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts and the Everett Performing Arts Center.

Choreographed by Vinson and Gorboulev in 2011, the ballet is set in an Eastern European village where an eccentric doll maker, Dr. Coppelius, is busily scurrying about in his efforts to bring his beloved doll to life.

Meanwhile Swanhilda, a village maiden, catches her boyfriend flirting with a beautiful girl on Dr. Coppelius' balcony and sets out to find out more about this mysterious maiden.

Comedy ensues as Swanhilda finds out the girl's true identity and decides to teach everyone a lesson or two by impersonating this "mysterious maiden."

Former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Vinson starred in Olympic Ballet Theatre's premiere of Coppelia, and reprises the role of Swanhilda for OBT's spring performances.

Starring in another title role will be co-artistic director Oleg Gorboulev as Dr. Coppelius.

Though both have danced leading roles together numerous times, this will be the first time that they will both appear on stage together since becoming directors of OBT in 2011.

"Coppelia is such a light-hearted, fun ballet that involves a lot of comedic acting, and I'm really looking forward to telling the story with Oleg and our wonderful dancers," said Vinson, adding that, "We have such a great time in rehearsal... I just hope we can keep straight faces come performance time!"

There will be two performances only; the production will open at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, and close at the Everett Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Everett patrons will be treated to live musical accompaniment by the 20 member OBT orchestra, arranged by Jeanne Case of the Seattle Symphony, and conducted by David  Alexander Rahbee, director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Washington School of Music.

For tickets and more information, visit OBT's website, OlympicBallet.com or call (425)774-7570.

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