Ballet Lubbock Presents Comedic Ballet: Coppelia

Published 03/28 2014 10:36PM

Updated 03/28 2014 10:45PM

LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- Ballet Lubbock presents Coppelia April 11-13, 2013. The production will be presented in conjunction with Lubbock Arts Festival at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center: Friday, Apr. 11 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 12 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m.

The Story: As a significant selection from the great classical ballet works, this comedy of mistaken identity and true love, lovers Franz and Swanhilde are planned to marry when a mysterious beautiful woman going by the name of Coppelia starts appearing in the window of Dr. Coppelius’s house, an eccentric inventor who lives in the village. Despite Franz’s love for Swanhilde, he becomes hopelessly infatuated with Coppelia and breaks off the wedding. Hurt, Swanhilde decides to break into Dr. Coppelius’s house and find out the truth about Coppelia once and for all.

Artistic Director, Yvonne Racz Key, is proud to announce Ballet Lubbock alumnus Michael Burfield will dance the role of Franz. Burfield is a 2009 graduate of Ballet Lubbock, and is currently dancing professionally with Ballet Austin. “It’s always great to bring one of our own back home to dance,” says Racz Key. Since joining Ballet Austin, Burfield has been featured in numerous ballets: Bruce Wells' Hansel & Gretel, George Balanchine's Chaconne and in new works created by Barry Kerollis, Seth Orza, Jonathan Porretta and Kiyon Gaines' 10: "Un" A-Frayed Edges. Burfield was one of the select few dancers chosen by Ballet Austin to perform at the Acco Festival in Israel with the production of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

Opposite Burfield is Ballet Lubbock Company member Annie Martin dancing the role of Swanhilde. She has also performed the roles of Snow Queen and Arabian in The Nutcracker. In addition to her dance career, Martin upholds prestigious academic achievements during her time at Lubbock High School, such as winning State in the Octathlon and being the highest-ranking member of her Academic Decathlon team. This is Martin’s 4th year in the Ballet Lubbock Company. Troy Lescher will play the role of the maniacal Dr. Coppelius. Many recognize Lescher from his performances on the Texas Tech University Maedgen stage and his regional commercial work. He has also performed on many eminent stages across the country. The role of Dr. Coppelius is Lescher’s first appearance on stage with Ballet Lubbock.

Tickets are now on sale through Select-A-Seat. They can be purchased online at, by calling 806-770-2000 or at any Select-A-Seat location.

Ballet Lubbock’s mission is to change lives. As a nonprofit pre-professional ballet school, Ballet Lubbock strives to inspire the community through accessible dance education and performance of the highest artistic caliber. Suzanne Aker founded Ballet Lubbock in 1969. For the last fifteen years it has been led artistically by Yvonne Racz Key. Ballet Lubbock offers over $30,000 in annual scholarships, donates more than 3,500 tickets to the local community and teaches classes at community centers throughout Lubbock.

(Information from Ballet Lubbock) 

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