Storytime with Coppélia

We invite you and your favorite doll to come and listen to the magical story of Coppélia read prior to seeing it brought to life on stage. You will have a chance to meet Coppélia herself and take a picture if you wish. A sweet treat will be offered along with a chance to win an American Girl Doll!  We encourage attendees to bring their favorite dolls to share their experiences.  Dress-up is not required, but Coppélia loves to see guests dressed up!

Be sure to purchase your performance ticket to the show and enjoy the ballet after the Story Time, as the tickets are sold separately! For such a fun one-of-a-kind experience, tickets will sell fast, so order your tickets soon!                                 

March 28th

11:30 am


Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2322

Please Note:

  • All tickets are general admission seating 

  • Tickets to the ballet are sold separately 

  • The event lasts roughly 1 hour


With concerns around COVID-19 on the rise, it is with great sadness that we announce that our upcoming performances of Coppelia will be canceled until further notice. Our first priority is to ensure the safety of our dancers, families, staff, and guests. We have been in touch with the FAC and they are assessing how ticket sale refunds will be handled. Please allow us time to meet with the box office and we will inform you of your options. Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the preparations for this performance.

Story Synopsis

Act I

Dr. Coppélius is an eccentric toymaker. He has built a life-sized doll, Coppélia, and daydreams of her coming to life. Franz, a young villager betrothed to Swanhilda, is unaware that Coppélia, who sits at Dr. Coppélius’ window, is only a doll and finds himself attracted to her beauty.


In the village square, celebrations are underway for the following day’s harvest festival, when Franz and Swanhilda will tie the knot. The couple bicker and quarrel, but Swanhilda shakes a stalk of wheat to test Franz’s faithfulness, and the couple make up by the evening. Following a run-in with some mischievous youths on his way out, Dr. Coppélius drops the key to his house. Swanhilda and her girlfriends pick it up and decide to venture in to meet Coppélia.


Act II

Entering Dr. Coppélius’s house, Swanhilda and her friends find out that Coppélia is nothing but one of the mysterious toymaker’s creations. Dr. Coppélius soon returns and drives out all the intruders, but Swanhilda remains trapped. She sees Franz climb in through the window, hoping to meet Coppélia too. But he is intercepted by Dr. Coppélius and is made to drink till he passes out.


Dr Coppélius takes the opportunity to cast a spell, seeking to give life to Coppélia by transferring Franz’s life force to the doll. He is overjoyed when she comes to life, not knowing that Swanhilda – who has been following all his actions – has taken her place. Franz regains his consciousness, and soon all is revealed. Swanhilda forgives Franz and they run out, leaving the dismayed Dr. Coppélius alone with his toys.



The villagers gather to celebrate the harvest, as well as the wedding of Swanhilda and Franz. Dr. Coppélius is upset and bitter, and threatens to take revenge for the intrusion to his home, but he is pacified by the mayor who gives him a purse of gold. The festivities continue into the night, with the “Dance of the Hours” and the wedding Pas de Deux.