For the first time in seven years the Mohawk Valley Ballet will host a spring performance at the Stanley Theatre Center for the Arts.
Officials with the ballet and the theater announced on Wednesday that Coppelia will performed next month, alongside an international dancer and choreographer, Nikoloz Makhateli. Makhateli will choreograph the ballet, which will feature local and professional dancers.
Coppelia is comedic ballet, the story is of a young girl who wishes her doll could come to life.
Melissa Larish, the artistic director for the Mohawk Valley Ballet, said the ballet is a story that will appeal to a wide variety of people.
"Coppelia is a great choice because it's a family ballet," she said. "It's funny and so even people who might think, 'I'm not really sure that I'd be into a Swan Lake or Gisele, where it's very serious' it's really a fun ballet. Children will like it, adults will like it and so my hope is that maybe some more people in our community will fall in love with ballet."
The performance is Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for Stanley members and go on sale tomorrow to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office, Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 to $24.