'The Nutcracker' Marches into Central Pennsylvania

Harrisburg/Hershey, Pa. ()

Carlisle, Pa. (November 13, 2018) – The same dancing that takes the stage of the Lincoln Center in NYC comes to a venue near you! Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) brings the famed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® to Whitaker Center on Dec. 15 and 16 and Hershey Theatre on Dec. 22 and 23.

The brilliant dancers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet bring Balanchine’s winter classic to life with larger-than-life sets and costumes set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky. As the clock strikes twelve, you’ll happen upon a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice as a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection.

Darla Hoover, CPYB associate artistic director and George Balanchine Trust répétiteur, explains how CPYB received the honor to perform this prized version of ‘The Nutcracker.’ “To produce a George Balanchine work, The George Balanchine Trust must provide license. Approval is based on the ability of a dance company to uphold Balanchine’s high artistic standards. CPYB has been the only school with license to perform this version of ‘The Nutcracker’ since 1991.”

With two casts, 175 students will have the chance to perform in this year’s ballet. We are grateful that so many families have made our Nutcracker their continued holiday tradition,” says Nicholas Ade, CPYB CEO. “We’re sure this professionally produced production will be a true pleasure for audiences! It is also a unique opportunity for our students to dance Balanchine. A large number of our alumni go on to dance roles from this performance professionally in their careers.”

The elaborate stage elements unleash imaginations – a Christmas tree grows to staggering heights; falling snow gives goose bumps; Mother Ginger provides comedic interludes and the Sugar Plum Fairy make hearts flutter! Maestro Stuart Malina will lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly colorful score at all three Hershey Theatre performances.

Mowery, Marjie and Don Mowery, is the co-presenting sponsor of ‘The Nutcracker.’

Performance Ticket Information:

For tickets, visit

Whitaker Center
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 15
2 p.m. Sunday, December 16

Hershey Theatre
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 22
2 p.m. Sunday, December 23

SPECIAL EVENTS: Join us for Story Telling Through Movement, a free, interactive pre-performance reading where theatregoers can learn ‘The Nutcracker’ story, meet the characters, and even dance! This event takes place at the Whitaker Center performances on Dec. 15 at 12:15 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 1:15 p.m.


MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Kelly Derbes at 717.245.1790 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and may be set up through Kelly Derbes.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of dance education. Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning more than 60 years ago, Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary envisioned a school where children would have the opportunity to receive exceptional ballet training. Today CPYB is the nationally recognized school of classical ballet with an international reputation for training young men and women. The school’s renowned teaching methodology couples performance opportunities with innovative educational initiatives, an esteemed faculty, and a proven syllabus — all in an environment that promotes the acquisition of the life skills crucial to a child’s development. As a nonprofit arts education organization, CPYB provides access to world-class ballet training through the support of generous donors.

Thousands of young people have passed through Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s acclaimed studios. CPYB alumni continually occupy top positions in the leading ballet companies from San Francisco and Miami to Boston, London and beyond. Through the organization’s threefold mission – to inspire, educate and enrich – the legacy of Marcia Dale Weary and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet redefines the art form, preserves its history and shapes its future.