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KC Fringe Festival Presents Clown Ballet with a Serious Message

photo: Charles Stonewall
THE COPPELIA PROJECT: a clown ballet in three acts. Featuring Kalen Compernolle, Vanessa Severo, Marisa Mackay, and Ric Averill (as Dr. Coppelius)

EXTENDED RUN: August 1 - 3, American Heartland Theatre. At performance spaces throughout the city, over 50 events make up this year's KC Fringe Festival, a celebration of the off-beat, nontraditional, and avant-garde.


When people think of stories about mortal men who create life from inanimate objects, Frankenstein and Pinocchio come immediately to mind. Less well-known is the 1870 ballet, Coppelia, about a creator of dolls who come to life.

This year's KC Fringe Festival features a similar story that addresses a contemporary yet timeless message.

Among them is Heidi Stubblefield's THE COPPELIA PROJECT: a clown ballet in three acts , a 45-minute piece that she says traffics in issues familiar to anyone with a mirror.

THE COPPELIA PROJECT: a clown ballet in three acts will have an extended run at the OFF CENTER THEATRE Located on Level 3 of the CROWN CENTER SHOPS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 7:30PM; SATURDAY, AUGUST, 2, 7:30PM; SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the American Heartland Theatre Box Office (816) 842-9999 or on their website.

Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.
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