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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.

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