Coppélia, a comedic
ballet, is the story about a clever young girl named Swanilda, her fiancé
Franz, a beautiful mechanical doll Coppélia, and an eccentric toymaker, Dr.
Coppelius, who dreams of making a doll come to life.
Franz believes Coppélia
to be the beautiful daughter of the toymaker. Swanilda catches him throwing
kisses to Coppélia, and when the opportunity presents itself she enters the
house of Dr. Coppelius to confront her rival. When she learns that Coppélia is
actually a doll that belongs to Dr. Coppelius, she decides to impersonate the
doll in order to win back the love of Franz. Chaos ensues but soon Swanilda and
Franz make up and all is forgiven. They are reunited and the village rejoices
in celebration at their union!
Coppélia, the best-known
comedy ballet, was composed by Léo Delibes and originally choreographed by
Arthur Saint-Léon. St. Croix Ballet’s version of Coppélia is being
directed by Susan Hovey.