Storytime Ballet does Coppélia

The Australian Ballet Continues Storytime Ballet Program

Coppélia is the Perfect Ballet Introduction for Kids

The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet will once again bring fantasy to life with a brand-new children’s production of Coppélia, touring from 12 December 2018 to 24 January 2019.

Designed as a perfect school holiday activity, The Storytime Ballet series has been expertly crafted for ballet’s youngest audience members aged 3 years old and up.

With a performance duration of just under an hour, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the story. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and they can also dance along with the performers.

Coppélia is a sparkling tale of magic and mischief set to the wonderful Léo Delibes score, especially recorded for this production by Orchestra Victoria.

This visually spectacular production features glorious recreations of the original sets and includes 15 Kristian Fredrikson costumes from the mainstage production.

“We’re delighted about the Storytime Ballet production of Coppélia as it’s going to be such cheerful fun for the whole family,” says Artistic Director David McAllister.

“Coppélia is every child’s fantasy – that moment when your dolls magically come to life. This production was created as an immersive experience for families. It’s pure light-hearted fun and a perfect introduction to ballet for children: they can dance along with Swanilda as she rescues her love from the magician.”

Storytime Ballet in its fourth year has quickly become a family favourite for new and loyal dance fans with over 34,000 people attending last year.

Coppélia will transport audiences from the everyday to a magical world. This spectacular production, set to Léo Delibes’ cheery score, is perfect for the whole family. Audiences will meet the lovers Swanilda and Franz, the mysterious Dr Coppelius, and his daughter, who is not what she seems. Swanilda must rescue Franz from the magician’s lair – with the help of some fancy footwork. Bursting with sorcery and masquerade, romance and high jinks, this is the funniest, sunniest ballet audiences will see in 2018.


Coppélia | The Australian Ballet’s Storytime

Arts Centre, Melbourne 12 – 16 December
Sydney Opera House 19 – 29 December
The Concourse Theatre, Chatswood 2 – 5 January
Laycock Theatre, Gosford 8 – 9 January
Panthers, Penrith 11 – 12 January
Canberra Theatre Centre 17 – 19 January
Bunjil Place, Narre Warren 23 – 24 January
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday 13 September.Visit