Coppélia is a story about Swanhilda, and her fiancé, Franz who both become intrigued by a beautiful girl who sits on the balcony of Dr Coppélius’ house, a reputed magician and maker of wonderful dolls. Swanhilda and her friends manage to enter Dr Coppélius’ house. Franz is also determined to get in the house and meet beautiful Coppelia.
Once inside Swanhilda and her friends discover Coppélia is just a doll! Dr Coppélius catches them and chases them all out, except for Swanhilda who hides in the cupboard with Coppélia. Franz also appears and Dr Coppélius drugs him unconscious! The Doctor can now begin his plan to transfer the life-force from Franz into Coppélia. Swanhilda then dresses herself as Coppélia, and pretends to come to life. Dr Copélius believes his plan has succeeded! Swanhilda then attempts to wake Fritz and escape.