Coppélia

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Coppélia was performed:

Spring,  2012 at the Voorhees Middle School Theater. Thank you to our performers, volunteers, and our audience!

 

ACT I

Doctor Coppélius has just invented a mechanical, life-like doll which he names Coppélia. Franz, a young man from town, sees the doll positioned on the balcony of Coppélius’ home and believing she is a real woman, falls in love with her—angering his fiancée, Swanilda.

The town’s peasants gather and dance. The Mayor arrives and announces a feast in commemoration of the town’s new bell. As part of the festivities all couples who are engaged to be married will receive a dowry from The Mayor. The Mayor asks Swanilda whether she will come to receive her gift, but Swanilda wants to know whether Franz will still be faithful to her. She has an ear of corn—If it makes a rustling noise then that will mean that Franz does love her. However much she shakes it there is no sound. Franz pleads with Swanilda: he still loves her.

When Doctor Coppélius goes out for a walk he drops his key. Swanilda and her friends find the key and decide to go into the house to see Coppélia. Coppelius returns to find that someone has broken into his home.

ACT II

Swanilda and her friends are astonished to find that Coppélia is only a doll. They make the other mechanical dolls move and they dance around them. But when Doctor Coppélius enters and chases them all away, Swanilda hides, taking Coppélia’s place. A curious Franz follows the girls to Coppélius’ home and is invited in by Coppélius. But when Franz enters, Coppélius threatens to punish him. He gives Franz something to make him fall asleep and then tries to bring Coppélia to life by putting Franz’s spirit into the doll. The dollmaker is delighted when it seems to be working, but he does not realize that it is, in fact, Swanilda who has disguised herself as the doll. He does not know what to do with her, and teaches her a Spanish dance and a Scottish dance. When Franz wakes up, Swanilda’s friends return and Coppélius realizes he has been tricked.

At the festival The Mayor is handing out purses of gold to the couples who are engaged to be married. Doctor Coppélius comes in and complains that his dolls have been ruined. The Mayor gives him some gold as reparation, and the peasants dance the “Masque of the Hours”. Franz and Swanilda are forgiven for the trouble they caused, and are married.