“The Company not only offers a professional dance experience regionally,
but also nationally and internationally through touring. The young dancers receive practical theatrical experience in a professional dance environment.”
The “Colors” portion of the performance consists of original choreography created by the Artistic Director, Ballet Mistress and Repetiteur from the Loudoun Ballet Company. The pieces that make up Colors are Fuschia Fascination, Fuego Rojo, Fear of the Unknown, Grey Scale and Royal in D Minor. These pieces showcase the unique talents of the artistic staff and LBC company dancers.
Doctor Coppélius is putting the finishing touches on Coppélia after setting her out to dry on the balcony of his house. Coppélia appears to be reading a book. She seems so real that Doctor Coppélius is, himself, almost unaware that she is only a doll. In his loneliness, the fanatical dollmaker has created Coppélia to be his companion and secretly dreams of discovering a way of bringing her to life.
As the town awakens, Swanilda arrives and greets her friends who are off to their work in the fields. Seeing Coppélia on the balcony, she dances to attract her attention and wonders why the reading figure does not respond. Like everyone else, she believes the doll to be a living person.
Coming out of the tavern, Franz sees Coppélia and is infatuated by the beautiful doll. He buys some flowers for Swanilda, who cannot be located. While the baker searches for her daughter, Franz continues his overtures to the doll. Bowing, blowing kisses and waving, he too believes that she is human.
Doctor Coppélius leaves his house on his way to the tavern to relax. He is met by Franz's friends who make fun of this foolish old man who lives in a house with mysterious Coppélia.
Swanilda, looking for Franz from her window, sees Doctor Coppélius hide his latch key when leaving his house. As Doctor Coppélius rids himself of the pesky boys and goes into the tavern, Swanilda and her friends come into the square. Swanilda, taking Doctor Coppélius' house key from its hiding place, opens the front door. Her girl friends are reluctant to follow Swanilda into the house, where mysterious events revolving around Coppélia have been taking place. Nevertheless, Swanilda unlocks the door and forces her friends to accompany her into the house.
Inside Doctor Coppélius' house, the girls are investigating the puzzling contents of the workshop. Discovering Coppélia, they realize that she is only one of several dolls—all quite human in appearance—which the girls uncover and set in motion.
Doctor Coppélius comes upon the scene and furious, he sends the girls scurrying in fear from the house. Swanilda, unable to escape with the others, hides in a closet with Coppélia, where she changes clothes with the doll and assumes her identity.
Franz, ignorant of all these events, enters from the balcony searching for Coppélia. Hiding until Franz is inside, Doctor Coppélius catches him after a frantic chase and questions his motives for being in the house. Franz, having seen Coppélia in the closet, explains to Doctor Coppélius that he has fallen in love with he doll and would, in fact, like to marry her.
Dr. Coppélius is much amused that this bumpkin has fallen in love with his creation. He conceives a plan: he will give Franz a potion, after which he will extract the "life force" from his body and use it to breathe real life into his beloved doll.
He entices Franz to drink the elixir, disguised as wine, and Franz soon falls into a deep sleep. While Franz is unconscious, Doctor Coppélius brings out Swanilda, who he thinks is his doll Coppélia.
With Franz safely under his control, Doctor Coppélius proceeds with a series of manipulations designed to bring life to the inanimate doll by removing life's energy from Franz. Through his maneuvers, Doctor Coppélius succeeds in eliciting from Swanilda a series of doll-like movements which he naturally attributes to the alchemy he has practiced upon Franz. Unsatisfied by her stilted movements, he mixes a very special potion designed to instill more realistic and human qualities in the doll. He sprinkles her with this mixture, whereupon she suddenly becomes quite genuinely alive for him. Overcome with joy at his success, Doctor Coppélius has the "living" Coppélia entertain him by dancing.
Tiring of the game she is playing, Swanilda tries to awaken the unconscious Franz, an effort that Doctor Coppélius attempts to thwart for fear she might succeed. But she persists and does succeed. Awaking but somewhat delirious, Franz sees Doctor Coppélius attempting to push Swanilda away. Thinking her to be Coppélia, he tries to chase away Doctor Coppélius—but the chased becomes the chaser and Franz is forced from the house. Hard upon his heels is Swanilda, who herself is trying to leave the house with Franz. Doctor Coppélius catches her, pushes her back into the closet and sits down to catch his breath.
Once more, Swanilda renews her escape attempt, knocking over all the dolls in the room and creating general mayhem and confusion in the workshop. Doctor Coppélius is still unaware that he is dealing with Swanilda and not with Coppélia, and he asks her why she is behaving so wretchedly. At this point, she discloses her true identity as Swanilda, and at the same time revealing the Coppélia doll sitting in disarray in the closet.
Franz, returning through the balcony, is still seeking Coppélia with whom he has fallen in love. He overhears Swanilda as she explains to Doctor Coppélius how she has changed places with the doll. Now understanding what has transpired, Franz is aware of his own stupidity. Through a foolish mistake he has become infatuated with nothing more than a doll; he knows now that it is Swanilda whom he has truly loved all along. Thereupon, he rescues Swanilda from the confusion and disarray of the house of the now-broken-hearted Doctor Coppélius.
The town is prepared for the wedding of Franz and Swanilda as it was foretold by the legend of the stalk of wheat. Amid the preparations in the village square, an irate Doctor Coppélius arrives to denounce the wedding and heap scorn upon the couple to be married. They have, after all, created havoc in his life. He is calmed by the parents of Franz and Swanilda and is given a sum of money to cover the damages to his property and person. Coppélius is also invited to the wedding. He cannot attend the wedding, he says, because he lacks the proper attire. Whereupon, the village tailor, Mudjik, offers him a new outfit for the nuptials. The widow Lustige, Swanilda's mother, takes Doctor Coppélius by the arm, intent on charming him. Doctor Coppélius forgets his dolls and his loneliness and joins in the festivities. There is general rejoicing in the village as Franz and Swanilda are married, thereby fulfilling the prophecy promised by the legend of the stalk of wheat.
It is Christmas Eve and Clara’s family is preparing for their lavish Christmas celebration. Soon, a myriad of friends and family arrive to take part in the lovely celebration. Even though everyone is having such fun lighting the Christmas tree, opening gifts, dancing, and eating an abundance of treats, Clara feels somewhat odd and out of place. Suddenly, mysterious old Drosselmeyer arrives with three life-size toys, which surprisingly begin to dance. First the clown-like Harlequin doll, then the beautiful Columbine, and finally he courageous Soldier doll perform for the surprised and delighted party guests. Nevertheless, none of the toys seem to please Clara, who feels utterly disappointed. But Drosselmeyer has one last, very special toy just for her; a large, wooden Nutcracker! Enchanted by the beautiful gift, Clara graciously thanks Drosselmeyer; however, Fritz, her younger brother is extremely jealous. He will not be satisfied until he has taken the Nutcracker away from Clara. Although it is an accident, Fritz breaks the Nutcracker in his attempts to steal the toy away. Clara is left devastated by this turn of events, but old Drosselmeyer manages to fix the toy for her with his magic handkerchief. Clara rewards Drosselmeyer with an unexpected kiss on the cheek, and the party continues. Finally, the tired but happy guests leave the party and return to their homes. Yet Drosselmeyer somehow vanishes from the party unnoticed. As her family goes to bed, Clara comes back to the Christmas tree for one last look at her wonderful gift and then falls asleep, perfectly content with the company of her beloved Nutcracker.
Clara suddenly awakes to the discovery of little mice scurrying around her and the Nutcracker. They greedily steal the gifts under the tree and they attempt to grasp Clara’s beloved Nutcracker as well. At the last moment, old Drosselmeyer appears and frightens the mice away from Clara and her toy. He removes the handkerchief to reveal to her the Nutcracker is as good as new, and he places it under the tree. Then, the house is miraculously transformed! The Christmas tree grows, but the mice and the Nutcracker grow too! If that weren’t enough, a sinister Mouse King appears, determined to lead his mice against the Nutcracker and the troop of toy soldiers that he commands. During the tremendous battle that follows, Clara distracts the Mouse King with her slipper, and the Nutcracker is able to stab him. With the battle against the Mouse King and his mice won, the Nutcracker becomes a handsome prince. He invites Clara to travel with him through The Snow Forest to The Land of Sweets. Snowflakes and Snow flurries greet them as they travel on their way.
Angels light the arrival of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets. They are met by the Sugar Plum Fairy, who rules this kingdom, and the Nutcracker Prince who describes his battle with the Mouse King. When he shows how Clara saved him with her slipper, the Sugar Plum Fairy rewards her by introducing Clara to her many delightful subjects in The Land of Sweets. To Clara’s surprise, she has seen them all before! They have all been refreshments at her family’s Christmas party! Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Tea all perform for her. They are followed by the Candy Canes, Petit Fours, and Mother Ginger with her family of Bon Bons. The candied Flowers dance for her too! The Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier perform a beautiful and grand Pas de Deux for their guest. Clara is enthralled, but old Drosselmeyer appears again, calling her to return home. It seems too soon, and Clara does not want to return… but she must. In moments she is in her own living room again and it is almost Christmas morning. She finds her Nutcracker and wonders... was it all a dream?
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