THE STORY OF COPPÉLIA

Posted on 12 November 2018 By Rose Mulready

Why does Swanilda quarrel with her beloved Franz, and what’s inside Dr Coppelius’ magic toyshop? Prepare your little one for Storytime Ballet: Coppélia with this simple story outline, complete with rich imagery.

Swanilda, the merriest girl in the village, quarrels with her lover Franz when she sees him blowing kisses to a beautiful stranger on the balcony of Dr Coppelius, the local doll-maker.

Brett Chynoweth and Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Dr Coppelius happens to drop his door key, and Swanilda, curious about the stranger, uses it sneak into his house with her friends.

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

The girls find Dr Coppelius’ workshop and begin playing with his dolls. Swanilda is highly amused to discover that the girl Franz was so fascinated by is actually a doll!

Emma McFarlane and Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Suddenly, Dr Coppelius comes back and chases the girls from the room – all except for Swanilda, who quickly dresses in the doll's clothes to avoid detection.

Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Franz climbs in the window, looking for the beautiful girl. Dr Coppelius gives him a sleeping draught, because he wants to take Franz’s soul to bring his ‘daughter’, the doll Coppélia, to life.

Brett Chynoweth and Ben Davis. Photography Kate Longley

Swanilda pretends to be Coppélia and fools the delighted Coppelius into thinking she has come to life. Franz and Swanilda escape.

Ben Davis and Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley

Franz and Swanilda celebrate their wedding, and Dr Coppelius comes to dance with them.

Brett Chynoweth and Benedicte Bemet. Photography Kate Longley