So glad you asked!
How old should my child be to come to a performance?
While the works Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet performs may determine the level of interest, it mostly depends on the child. Parents know best if and when their child can sit quietly focused for up to an hour, without a snack or bathroom break. The repertory of our "Storybook Ballet Series" is specifically designed to introduce children and their families to the world of classical ballet. Audiences of all ages have delighted in works such as Peter Pan, Cinderella's Ball and Hansel and Gretel.
What should I wear to a CPYB performance?
Many patrons dress casually; however, some enjoy making their visit to the ballet a dress-up occasion--especially if they are bringing children. Most importantly, wear something you are comfortable in, and enjoy the performance!
Are tickets refundable?
While there are no refunds on tickets, season subscribers enjoy the benefit of exchanging performance tickets within the same production at no cost.
What if the weather is bad?
The show must go on. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is committed to honoring its performance calendar. Performances will not be canceled for any reason: weather, flu, traffic or other. All ticket sales are final and there are no refunds.
How early should I arrive?
Traffic delays and parking can be unpredictable. So, plan to arrive early to ensure an enjoyable, relaxed experience. The theatre enforces a no "late seating" policy, meaning the guest will nto be seated after the lights have dimmed. Latecomers will be seated at breaks in the program at the discretion of management.
What time does the box office open?
The box office schedule varies daily; however, it is typically open at least one hour prior to the performance. If you have questions, call Whitaker Center at 717.214.ARTS (2787) or Hershey Theatre at 717.534.3405.
I've never been to the ballet. Are there rules for watching the performance?
To help you get the most out of your theatre experience, we've prepared a simple guide of things to know.
Once the music starts, it's important to remain quiet. The music is a big part of the performance and we want you and the rest of the audience to enjoy it.
You should do your best to sit still and not disturb those around you.
You don't want to distract others from what's happening on stage.
You shouldn't eat while you are in your seat--save snacks and drinks for intermission or after the performance.
There are lots of things to see when you're watching ballet. Pick out your favorite costumes and scenes. Maybe you know the music and can listen to your favorite part. If you listen carefully, you can pick out the different instruments and see how the dancers respond to the tempo of the music.
Intermission is a great time to ask questions about the ballet or talk with your friends about your favorite character or part.
And, of course, you can simply sit back and enjoy the dancing!
Can I electronically record the performance?
Due to copyright laws, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet prohibits photography or recording of any rehearsals and/or performances.