Southern California Ballet returns to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts to entertain and delight audiences with its annual spring production.
This year’s production, Coppélia, is a charming, funny, and comical ballet for all ages. Originally premiered in Paris in 1870, the lighthearted tale revolves around a girl named Coppélia who spends her time sitting on the balcony of Dr. Coppelius, the local mad scientist, reading and not speaking to anyone in the town.
Franz, a local boy, falls in love with Coppélia, whose “shyness” only serves to make Franz more infatuated, even though he is already engaged to another woman, Swanhilda.
After learning that Coppélia is actually a doll built by Dr. Coppelius, Swanhilda decides to impersonate her in order to win the love of Franz. Chaos ensues, but in the end, all is forgiven. Swanhilda and Franz reunite, get married, and the whole town celebrates with dances in their honor.
Southern California Ballet’s production of Coppélia was first staged in 2002, and has not been danced by SCB since 2007. Over a decade later, SCB is excited to bring Coppélia back to life!