Fall In Love Again with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Audiences of all ages will be captivated as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet performs the well-loved Shakespearean classic, Romeo and Juliet. Presented by Members 1st Federal Credit Union, performances run April 13-14 on the Whitaker Center stage in Harrisburg.
Journey with the dancers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet through loss, hope and true love in Alan Hineline's telling of Shakespeare's cherished tale, Romeo and Juliet. Emotional choreography coupled with Prokofiev's famous score, Romeo and Juliet offers a moving interpretation of Shakespeare's iconic love story.
“The Shakespearean story of two star-crossed lovers is undeniably one of the most powerful love stories in the world,” said creator Alan Hineline. “If you’re passionate, if you’ve ever been in love, this is a story and a ballet that will speak to you.”
“This production is incredible because it takes ballet in its purest form and folds it into the acting and live theater portion of the arts,” said Kensington MacMillen, one of three dancers portraying Juliet. “The acting itself almost puts the audience into the seat of Shakespeare’s play.”
“Prokofiev’s score is such a beautiful piece of music,” added David Gabriel who is cast as Romeo. “There is something so moving when you watch a ballet, because without words, the music, movement and emotion can touch you in a way that nothing else can.”
CPYB will present the world premiere production of Alan Hineline’s Romeo and Juliet on April 13 and 14 at Whitaker Center. Three performances only: 1 and 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), in person at 222 Market Street in Harrisburg, or online at whitakercenter.org.
“This production is brand new, so it will be like no other,” said Lily Krisko, who also performs as Juliet. “Alan Hineline has done a great job of making every single movement match Juliet’s emotion.”
“Alan gives us vocabulary and lets us create the sentence,” added MacMillen. “It really is a collaborative process; he lets us take artistic freedom and find a way to make the character our own.”
This production of Romeo and Juliet includes more than 100 roles, including everyone from the youngest dancers to faculty members. CPYB is pleased to be incorporating the set and costumes from the esteemed Nashville Ballet for this production.
“Our performances give our students the unique opportunity to learn all that is involved in the process of bringing a character and ballet to life,” says Nicholas Ade, CPYB CEO. “It allows them to develop not only their artistry and technique, but also their responsibility and leadership.”
Romeo and Juliet is appropriate for all ages.
CPYB is supported, in part, by season underwriter F&M Trust, JPL, and PNC Wealth Management, and by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Performance Ticket Information
Romeo and Juliet
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 13
2 p.m., Sunday, April 14
Tickets range from $44-$20
717.214.ARTS (2787) or whitakercenter.org