Humor and dance make Coppélia great family entertainment

See why you should get to this great show, put on by the Metro Dancers at Portland Metro Performing Arts – right here in outer East Portland …

Seeing double – and triple!  Because the Metro Dancers are performing several shows at different venues, Scott Trumbo and James Holstad both play the male lead role of “Franz”, and Lorianne Barclay, Emily Sevy, and Krista Bennett all play the female lead, “Swanilda” – not at the same time, of course, but in different shows!

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
When we stopped at Portland Metro Performing Arts (PMPA) to check in on the progress of the Metro Dancers’ upcoming production, Coppélia – we thought we were seeing double and triple!

“We have several performances,” explained PMPA’s Executive Director, Nancy Yeamans. “The ladies will be dancing the part of the Swanilda, and the gentleman will be dancing the part of Franz.

“No, David, there won’t be ‘dueling Swanildas’ in the show!”

This production of Coppélia blends great dancing and great theatre, Yeamans said. “‘Coppélia’ is the comedic story of an eccentric inventor, the animated doll he creates, and the havoc they cause in their small village.”

About the story:
Swanilda is engaged to be married to Franz. The day before their wedding, Franz starts flirting with a mysterious young lady. Swanilda and her friends decide find out more about the mystery girl, and break in to the house of the mysterious Doctor Coppélius. What they discover is a real doll!

After twists and turns in the story, Franz and Dr. Coppélius are left both amazed and confused.

  • Will Swanilda and Franz get back together?
  • Can Dr. Coppélius ever find happiness by being part of the village?

Find out, while you enjoy this wonderful ballet performance at PMPA!

Shows on April 25
See how the music, costumes, sets, and the dancers’ skill all combine to make this a performance event you will not want to miss.

There are two performances on April 25 – at 2 pm and 7 pm. Pre-Sale tickets are $10/Children and $15/high school students and adults; at the door: $12/Children, and $18/HS & Adult.

It’s at Portland Metro Performing Arts Center, 9933 SE Pine Street, in the Gateway area. For tickets or more information call (503) 408-0604; email to, or get information online at

© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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