The historic Grand Opera House is the epicenter for the performing arts in Delaware and home to Delaware’s professional ballet company, First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT). This renowned ballet company has written an unparalleled chapter of artistic and educational achievement in Delaware dance history. First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT) puts on regular performances in theaters and schools spanning all three counties of the First State, including contemporary and classic works at its home theater, the Grand.   

Check out what FSBT ballet performances are coming to The Grand Opera House and other Greater Wilmington venues this year and be sure to take in a show during your next #VisitWilm getaway. 



The Charming Tale of Love, Mischief and a Mysterious Toy Maker  

Coppélia is a classical ballet that premiered in 1870 at the Théâtre Impérial de l'Opéra in Paris, France. It was choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon, with music composed by Léo Delibes. The ballet is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann called "Der Sandmann" (The Sandman), which is the same source that inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker." Coppélia is known for its charming characters, lively dance sequences, and delightful music, including the famous "Dance of the Hours." It's a ballet that combines elements of comedy, romance, and fantasy, making it a popular and enduring work in the classical ballet repertoire. Join the vivacious Swanhilda and her friends as they set out to uncover the identity of the mysterious Coppélia, whose appearance at the workshop of the eccentric Dr. Coppelius sets off a chain of comical misadventures.  

This charming classic is filled with laughs and delightful music and dancing. It is, perfect for all ages. 

Coppelia FSBTDetails:  
Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7 p.m. 
Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. 



Experience Dance Up Close 

FSBT presents a mixed program of highlights from the classical repertoire and new contemporary works in an intimate setting in Studio 1 of the Baby Grand.  

Up Front on MarketDetails: 
Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7 p.m.  
Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7 p.m.  
Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2 p.m. 
 *Only 75 seats will be sold for each show. 



Delaware’s Holiday Tradition at The Grand  

"The Nutcracker" is one of the most famous and beloved ballets in the world. It was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and had its premiere in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” "The Nutcracker" is known for its beautiful and intricate choreography, as well as Tchaikovsky's enchanting music. The ballet features iconic dances such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, and the Dance of the Snowflakes. Each act of the ballet is filled with vibrant costumes, imaginative sets, and a sense of holiday magic. 

Join FSBT on the magical journey through the Land of Sweets in this sparkling production on the main stage of the Grand.   

Nutcracker FSBTDetails: 
Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 2 p.m.  
Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7 p.m. 
Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 2 p.m. 
Friday, December 22, 2023 at 7 p.m. 
Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 2 p.m. 



Experience the Excitement of Three World Premieres 

“Triple Bill" in ballet refers to a performance that includes three separate ballets or ballet excerpts within a single program. Each ballet excerpt is distinct and may have different choreographers, styles, and themes. Triple bills are a popular format for ballet companies to showcase a diverse range of choreographic styles and repertoires in one evening. Triple bills can be exciting for both seasoned ballet enthusiasts and newcomers to the art form, as they provide a taste of various aspects of ballet's rich and varied repertoire.  

FSBT presents three new ballets sure to move and inspire! Be the first to experience three world premieres by Zachary Kapeluck, Maeghan McHale Hobbs, and Viktor Plotnikov. 

Triple Bill FSBTDetails: 
Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7 p.m.  
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 7 p.m.  
Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2 p.m. 



The Enchanting Fairy Tale Set to Tchaikovsky’s Glorious Score 

Sleeping Beauty is considered one of the great masterpieces of classical ballet and remains a staple in many ballet companies worldwide. It is based on Charles Perrault's fairy tale "La Belle au bois dormant" (The Sleeping Beauty), which tells the story of a princess named Aurora who is cursed by an evil fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a deep sleep, only to be awakened by true love's kiss. The Sleeping Beauty is a classical ballet that was first choreographed by Marius Petipa, with music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and now being performed by First State Ballet Theatre for all to enjoy.  

Sleeping Beauty FSBTDetails:  
Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 7 p.m. 
Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2 p.m. 


Throughout their fall performances, First State Ballet Theatre will be conducting a Toy Drive, known as “SHARE THE JOY AND BRING A TOY!” to benefit families staying with the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Delaware. For a list of suggested donations, please click here.   To purchase tickets for all performances, please visit First State Ballet Theatre website, 

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