Coppelia Musical Play Script, Ages 9 - 16, by David Barrett (includes performance licence)
This is a musical play with chorus songs and dances based on the story of the doll Coppelia, who comes to life. There are plenty of speaking roles and scope for a large chorus. The duration is around 80 minutes.
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Coppelia Script Sample
Frau Doppler (Franz’s mother)
Coppelia (the doll)
Herr Blumenstrauss, The Mayor
Chorus of Toys
Chorus of Villagers
Prologue (may be omitted)
The tour guide is leading the way up the mountain path. The mother is not carrying anything. All the luggage is being carried by Dad and the children.
TOUR GUIDE Just a little further now Madam, and we’ll be at the hotel.
BOY Mummy, why do we have to walk.
MOTHER Stop asking silly questions. They don’t have buses where we’re going. It’s an undeveloped area of the alps. You know that.
FATHER I hope there’s an English pub at least! One that serves Guinness.
TOUR GUIDE Afraid not, Sir. But Oberhausen is the pride of the alps, every traveller’s dream, you couldn’t wish……
MOTHER Oh, alright! Cut the sales talk. Oh hurry up you three- you do lag behind so. We haven’t got all day, you know.
GIRL Why is this path so steep, Daddy?
BOY Because it goes up the mountain, you idiot.
FATHER I’m starving. I do hope they’ve got a fish and chip shop.
TOUR GUIDE Afraid not, Sir.
GIRL Mum did you pack my PS3?
MOTHER Of course I didn’t you daft child. This is an adventure holiday in a ski resort- not in an amusement arcade.
GIRL Well, I hope you remembered to pack our skis then.
MOTHER But, surely we can hire them, can’t we?
TOUR GUIDE There wouldn’t be much point, Madam. It’s summer and there’s no snow on the mountain.
GIRL This gets worse by the minute!
FATHER I don’t mind that as long as they’ve got Sky Digital in every room.
TOUR GUIDE Not in any room at all, I’m afraid, Sir. But you’ll love Oberhausen. You see – it’s a medieval village and it’s sort of caught in a time warp. They know nothing of the twenty-first century there. You’ll see.
MOTHER I’m not so sure that Oberhausen is our kind of town after all.
Hurry up you three. Stop lagging behind …
Scene 1 The Village Square, Evening (and view through Dr Coppelius’s Window)
MUSIC The villagers are going about their business and some are standing around, talking. It is growing dark and a light is showing in the window of Dr Coppelius’s house. Music plays softly. Villagers stop their chat and look into the doctor’s house with a mixture of curiosity and fear.
JURGEN Come and look, Brunhilda, it’s that strange man, Dr Coppelius, and his two dwarf servants.
BRUNHILDA Don’t look, Jurgen, they will cast a spell on you!
JURGEN Surely you don’t believe those rumours, Brunhilda. He’s just a harmless old man, even if he is a little eccentric.
HORST Eccentric! Have you seen him there night after night mixing potions? Many believe him to be practising some sort of sorcery.
MECHTILD You don’t mean ..... witchcraft?
HORST Exactly! And that infernal banging noise; all day and half the night! It never stops.
Sounds of banging from the doctor’s workshop.
Lights on stage dim and light from the doctor’s window brightens. We see the doctor and the two dwarves mixing chemicals.
DOCTOR Grabbit! Do hurry up with that sodium! I’m nearly ready to do the final mix.
No response from Grabbit.
Grabbit is startled.
GRABBIT I’ll get the sodium, shall I, master?
GRUMBLE Just do as the doctor says, Grabbit, you fool! The sooner this is finished, the sooner we can get home to bed.
DOCTOR You lazy creature, Grumble. You will do anything to avoid work. You should consider it a privilege to assist me in my work.
GRUMBLE Bah, privilege - my big toe!
DOCTOR What was that, Grumble? What did you say?
GRUMBLE Oh it’s nothing, doctor. I merely agreed that it is a privilege. (Scowls at audience. The lights on stage are brought up slightly for the song [preferably blue].)
SONG 1 Hocus Pocus Fiddlesticks
After the song the villagers drift off while the music finishes and the lights dim. Move swiftly into scene 2
Scene 2 The Village Square, Next Morning
The square at Oberhausen is very busy with the hustle and bustle of shoppers at the market. Many street-sellers are offering their wares. A mischievous group of small children are stealing fruit.
SONG 2 Oberhausen, You’re My Kind of Town
The tour guide and family wander in during the song (in modern dress)
Enter Swanilda carrying her wedding dress.
MITZI Oh Swanilda, you have the dress! It’s so beautiful.
SWANILDA Why, thank you, Mitzi. Mother made it herself to my pattern; it took her three weeks.
HEIDI Swanilda, you are so lucky to be marrying Franz. He is so dashing and handsome. Do you think the rest of us will ever be married?
HELGA You could be married tomorrow if you accepted Horst’s hand. You know he’s been mad about you since you were eleven years old.
Horst is pushed forward.
HEIDI But I don’t want to marry Horst, he is just a peasant! I want to marry a rich nobleman with a title.
STANZI Horst has a title, doesn’t he?
SWANILDA Yes, but I don’t think ‘blacksmiths apprentice’ is the sort of title Heidi has in mind!
Girls and villagers all giggle at this. Horst looks hurt.
Enter Frau Doppler.
STANZI Look out girls, here comes that old bat, Frau Doppler, Franz’s mother.
FRAU Oh, there you are Swanilda! I’ve been looking all over the town for you, mein Liebchen.
HELGA (Aside) And if Swanilda’s got any sense she’s been hiding from you.
SWANILDA (In a sugary voice reserved for future mother-in-laws)
Hello, Frau Doppler. How nice to see you!
FRAU I’ve sorted all the arrangements for the wedding - and I’ve got your dress with me. Franz will just love you in this dress.
She holds up a most revolting dress which is clearly far too big. All the villagers begin to crowd around. Gretchen snatches the dress and holds it up in front of Swanilda. All laugh.
SWANILDA Why, that’s very kind of you, Frau Doppler.
FRAU Call me MUMMY, darling.
SWANILDA But you see, Frau ...er Mummy, all the wedding arrangements have been made already and mother has made me this most beautiful dress. Shows dress
FRAU Oh. I see. So .. you don’t like the dress I’ve made.
Swanilda takes the dress from Gretchen.
SWANILDA Well no, it’s beautiful; but it’s a little too large.
MECHTILD It will make a lovely bedspread, Frau Doppler!
Frau looks angry and grabs Mechtild as if to hit her.
GRETCHEN (Taking Swanilda to one side) Look Swanilda, you must not let yourself be bullied by this woman. Stand up to her and tell her what you think.
SWANILDA Oh, alright Gretchen. If you say so.
(To Frau) I don’t really think the dress is for me. (Frau looks indignant) But you would look gorgeous in it yourself on my wedding day. Wouldn’t she, Gretchen?
GRETCHEN (Trying not to laugh) Why yes, Swanilda, she would look as pretty as a picture. (Sniggers from the crowd)
Frau takes the dress and holds it up in front of herself, looking pleased.
FRAU Why, Swanilda, that’s very kind of you to say so.
Suddenly there are gasps of surprise from the crowd as the doors of the doctor’s balcony open and he brings the most beautiful girl out. She sits on a chair and reads a book.
BRUNHILDA My goodness, what a beautiful girl! Who on earth is she?
JURGEN She’s gorgeous! Surely she can’t be the doctor’s daughter?
HORST Or perhaps his wife?
MECHTILD Such a lovely girl as that would never marry a grumpy old man like the doctor.
HEIDI I’ll tell you one thing. If she’s living in this village, she’ll be number one on the list for a rich and noble husband.
HELGA And where does that leave us?
HORST Girls, you must not be jealous of her beauty. We should make friends with her and find out who she is. I say, young lady! Won’t you come down and meet the girls from the village. They would like to be friends with you.
Everyone watches for a reaction. Coppelia sits absolutely still.
GRETCHEN Well, I must say, Horst, you have a real way with the ladies!
MITZI Look, Swanilda, here comes your gorgeous Franz with his friends.
All look. Enter Franz and the boys in high spirits.
FRANZ Good day to you ladies. Good day, mother. Ah, my beautiful bride. What brings you here?
SWANILDA Oh, I just came to show the girls my wedding dress.
GRETCHEN (Trying to change the subject. Coughs - ahem!)
Now Franz, have you met the new girl in the village yet? She is staying with Dr Coppelius. See her on the balcony there!
Franz and the other boys turn to look and Franz is astonished by Coppelia. Everyone freezes apart from Franz. There is a lighting change to highlight just Franz and the balcony. Coppelia is immobile.
Soft music plays.