Though it first premiered in Paris in 1870, most modern versions are derived from the Marius Petipa re-tooling done for the stage in St. Petersburg. Alternative versions have also cropped up in New York and San Francisco over the last 40 years.

The tale follows Dr. Coppelius, an inventor who fashions a life-sized dancing doll that promptly wins the heart of another character, Franz. Fortunately for the lovestruck Franz, his flesh-and-blood true love engages in a Pygmalion-like ruse that brings things to a head.

This version features principal dancers Noel Hanley and Lauren Woods alternating the part of Swanilda, Noah Hart as Franz and David Beech as Dr. Coppelius. Hart is a principal dancer from the Alabama Ballet.

Tickets are $20 to $45. Children, students, seniors and military pay $15 to $40.

For more info, call 251-342-2241 or go to

Where: Mobile Civic Center Theater (4 Civic Center Dr.)
When: March 15-16