Janet Davis as Swanhilda and Fred Bernier as Dr. Coppelius. Courtesy of Maine State Ballet

“Coppélia” is a three-act ballet for all ages. Dr. Coppelius is an inventor of toys who created a life-size dancing doll so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilda. Swanhilda reveals his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life, and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.

The ballet sports costumes and sets by Production Designer Gail Csoboth and original staging and choreography by New York City Ballet alumna and Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele.

Emma Davis, Adrienne Pelletier and Rhiannon Pelletier share the role of Swanhilda, with Arie Eiten and Trevor Seymour playing Franz. Veteran Glenn Davis plays Dr. Coppelius. Maine State Ballet company dancers round out the rest of the cast.

Performances of “Coppélia” run two weekends. Approximate length is two hours with two intermissions.

Tickets are $19-$25 at mainestateballet.org or by calling (207) 781-3587. Maine State Ballet’s Lopez Theater COVID-19 policies are available at mainestateballet.org.

Maine State Ballet, a nonprofit based in Falmouth, is one of the state’s leading arts organizations whose mission is to uplift the Maine community through inspiring dance education and performance. Maine State Ballet houses the Maine State Ballet Company, the 175-seat Lopez Theater, and its School for the Performing Arts, with continuous instruction in ballet, tap and jazz for over 100 years.

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