Hansel and Gretel

April 2-3, 2022 | Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

A message for our patrons purchasing tickets to Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel

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Thank you, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Enjoy the Thrill of a Daring Escape

Audiences may think they know about the breadcrumbs. They may think they know about the candy house. They may even think they know about the witch but, Alan Hineline expertly and creatively handles the original Brothers Grimm plot using movement, costuming, sets and lighting to pull the audience into the suspense and the thrill of a daring escape.

This magical performance of Hansel and Gretel will appear on the Whitaker Center stage for three performances only!

Performance Length: 60 min.


The brilliant dancers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet bring Hineline’s creative renewal of the original Brothers Grimm plot of Hansel and Gretel to life on stage.

Experience the Thrill

Savor the thrill of a daring escape with a treat for the whole family, Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel.

Whitaker Center

Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 1:00PM
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 5:00PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2:00PM

Price Level 1 – $35 Adult, $15 Child
Price Level 2 – $30 Adult, $10 Child

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

*Prices above do NOT reflect a $5.00 service fee applied to each ticket purchased.

Production Credits

Ballet in One Act, Four Scenes, and Finale

Based on: The Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm (1812) 
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Choreography: Alan Hineline
Restager: Alecia Good-Boresow
Scenery: Lewis Folden
Costuming: Betty Smith, MaryLynn Schwartz

Thank you to our Sponsors

Capital BlueCross

Season Underwriter
F&M Trust


“When Marcia and I first discussed Hansel & Gretel 2010, we had two goals in mind. The first was to create a production that furthered the artistic development of our dancers. The second was to present a familiar story that children and their families could enjoy together. Each time we present the production, it’s always an extraordinary pleasure to watch a new generation of dancers grow through these roles and delightful to see the audiences cheer its good-over-evil conclusion.”

Alan Hineline
Director of Artistic Programming


A clearing in the woods near Hansel and Gretel’s family home
Hansel and Gretel, the young son and daughter of a kind woodcutter, frolic during the early morning hours in the woods outside their home.

The yard outside the family home
Hansel and Gretel return home hungry to find their father and stepmother at work. The stepmother, a stern disciplinarian, insists that the children do their chores before eating. Once the chores are finished the family sits down to dinner, but the stepmother reveals that there is no food left for the family. She becomes enraged when the mischievous children spill the last of the family’s milk. In a fit of fury, the children are sent to the eerie North Woods to search for food.

The eerie North Woods
As dusk falls, Hansel and Gretel discover that their breadcrumb trail has been eaten by birds. The exhausted children rest against a log until a mysterious Sandman casts them into a deep sleep. During their sleep, the children dream of angels watching over them, and forest creatures dancing through the woods. As dawn approaches, a magical Dew Fairy awakens the children and leads them out of the woods.

The evil witch’s house
The children come to a clearing in the forest where they discover a “kindly” old woman and her magical house made of gingerbread. With sinister motives, the woman invites the children into her home where they soon realize that things are not sugar and spice and everything nice. Once inside, the witch’s minions—the cooks—corral the children. Hansel is imprisoned in an oversized birdcage and Gretel is enslaved as the witch’s servant. As night falls and the witch sleeps near her oven, Hansel and Gretel plan and execute their escape. The witch awakens and tries to recapture the children. Instead, she is pushed into the oven. This act breaks the wicked spell that the witch had cast over a countless number of other children. The freed children reveal to Hansel and Gretel the witch’s secret treasure.

The family home
Happily, the children and their new friends return home for a joyful reunion and a celebration of their newfound wealth.