The Story of Coppélia
Based on the original story by E.T.A Hoffman with music by the brilliant composer, Leo Delibes, this traditional story takes the audience on a romp through the secrets of a mysterious toymaker and romance!
ACT I-Scene 1
Morning in the Village Square
The villagers are preparing for the Harvest Festival. The celebration is momentarily interrupted by Dr. Coppélius, whose mysterious “daughter”, Coppélia, causes a quarrel between the lovely Swanilda and her fiancé Franz. The villagers, after continuing the celebrations while dancing a mazurka and czardas, disperse to await the Harvest Festival the following morning. Meanwhile, Swanilda and her friends investigate the strange house of Dr. Coppélius.
ACT I-Scene 2
Inside Dr. Coppelius’ Workshop
Swanilda and her friends search for the girl they saw earlier on the balcony. Soon after, Dr. Coppélius returns and chases them – except for Swanilda, who hides – from his workshop. Franz arrives and Dr. Coppélius wickedly endeavours to take his spirit from him and put it into the body of his “daughter”, his most prized possession. Coppélius is fooled by Swanilda and thinks his mechanical doll has come to life. The lovers are reunited and Dr. Coppélius is left broken-hearted.
— intermission —
The Day of the Harvest Festival
The day of the celebration has arrived and Swanilda and Franz are married. Dr. Coppélius happily attends the festival, as the gathered villagers celebrate the pageant day with joyous dancing.
Enjoy BR’s matinee show – a presentation of our Preschool dancers as well as our Tap, Jazz and Modern Ballet collection.