Fadeley and Veyette danced and acted well together, but Fadeley played young while Veyette looked old for the role.
The performance was also marred by small errors. Fadeley missed a series of steps in her Act 1 variation; Veyette's double air turns were consistently one and a half revolutions. In Act 3, a pair of corps dancers didn't get their lift off the ground.
Several dancers appeared nervous, but Fadeley recovered quickly from her mistake, and her dancing improved as the performance went on. It included an impressive set of fouettés facing in four directions in the Act 3 wedding pas de deux.
In classic Petipa choreographic tradition, the ballet has several showy dances that have nothing to do with the story. Brooke Moore stretched and floated across the stage as Dawn, the strongest of a trio of such divertissements. Caralin Curcio, as Prayer, performed a soft dance with gorgeous leg extensions, and Rachel Maher as Spinner presented precise pointe work.
Another standout was Kelsey Hellebuyck, who gave an exuberant performance as a villager with whom Veyette shared a flirtatious dance in Act 1.
The women of the corps, Swanilda's friends, have more to do than in some ballets, coaxing her to break into the toy workshop and egging her on as she explores the dolls, ultimately taking Coppelia's place in the window. It's fun to see each dancer's personality and acting.
Jeffrey Gribler, retired principal dancer and ballet master, played Dr. Coppelius with humor and eccentricity as the toymaker who bumbles about town and believes magic can bring the dolls in his wacky workshop to life.
There is another chance to see Coppelia, on Sunday afternoon. As part of Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th anniversary celebration, Mayor Nutter is scheduled to make a cameo as the mayor of Coppelia's Eastern European village. He'll don colorful robes and preside over a festival for a new bell and later the nuptials of Swanilda and Franz.
Additional performance: 2 p.m. Sunday, Academy of Music, $30-$125, 215-893-1999.