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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Announces 2015/2016 60th Anniversary Season Line-up

Discover Anew the Classic Charms of Storybook Wonders:
NEW! Once Upon a Rhyme

Celebrate the Holiday Tradition that Always Delights:
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

Join the Spunk and Mischief for Total Entertainment:

Inspiring, Magical, Captivating Choreography!

Carlisle, Pa. (August 7, 2015) – The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to present its 60th anniversary performance season featuring three glittering ballet tales.

Once Upon a Rhyme
The 2015/16 season opens at the Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, on October 24&25 with the world premiere of Once Upon a Rhyme. Join the lively adventures as the schoolchildren in Mrs. Goose’s classroom dance their way through rhyme! With the delightfully witty narration of WITF radio personality Cary Burkett and the delightful melodies of Alexander Glazunov, Patrick Hawes and Johann Stamitz, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet once again does what it does best: create a ballet that is every bit as entertaining for the parents as it is for their children.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Toys come alive in CPYB annual engagement of the yuletide classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. CPYB begins its two-weekend run in the intimate Sunoco Theater at Whitaker Center, on December 12&13, and concludes with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stuart Malina at the opulent Hershey Theatre, Hershey, on December 19&20.

One of the most lively and amusing story ballets, Alan Hineline’s must-see staging of this 19th century comic classic combines a young couple’s tiff with the unusual workings of old toymaker Dr. Coppelius whose greatest desire is to create a doll with a soul. When Franz becomes infatuated at the sight of a beautiful, silent girl who sits by the window in the house of the mysterious inventor, he sets aside his fiancée — the feisty Swanilda who isn’t above disguise and breaking into the eccentric doll-maker’s workshop to win back her fiancé. Audiences will become spellbound by Hineline’s spirited full-length retelling on April 16&17, 2016.

June Series
As an added bonus CPYB will wrap up the 2015/2016 season in the longstanding springtime mixed-bill tradition, June Series, June 15-18. Five unique programs showcase new works by today’s notable choreographers with classics and audience favorites that ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate.

On the Company’s reprisal of “Emeralds” from the legendary George Balanchine’s masterful Jewels, CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary said, “‘Emeralds’ is at once cool, reserved and elegant. Very dignified, yet fluid. Slightly nostalgic. The enduring influence of Balanchine works continually strengthens the CPYB repertoire.”

The dancers of CPYB will come together for a new work in their third collaboration with the talented musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO).

“These young artists create new worlds and express profound emotions at every turn,” adds Weary. “The range of artistry, choreography and experiences Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will present during our 60th anniversary will remind theatre-goers that life is meant to contain an abundance of adventure, beauty and joy!”

Ticket prices vary by production. Single tickets go on sale September 1. Call the Whitaker Center at 717.214.ARTS (2787), go online at, or visit in person the Whitaker Box Office at 222 North Market Street, Harrisburg. Hershey ‘The Nutcracker’ tickets can be purchased by calling Hershey Theatre at 717.534.3405, online at or in person at the Hershey Box Office at 15 East Caracas, Hershey.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. CPYB is Resident Ballet Company at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the performers and artistic staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of classical ballet. Embracing an attitude of lifelong learning nearly 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 nation’s preeminent 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.

About CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary
Ms. Weary is celebrated by critics and peers alike as one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet. She began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pa., in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Under her leadership, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has produced thousands of exquisitely prepared, classically trained dancers, including Ashley Bouder, Lia and Jeffrey Cirio, Kathleen Breen Combes, Carrie Imler, Tara and Zachary Hench, Ian Hussey, Sean Lavery, Tina LeBlanc, Abi and Jonathan Stafford, and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 80 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Ms. Weary’s unequaled dedication to her school, students and instructors, and her unique teaching style has brought Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to the top of the dance field. The New York Times stated Ms. Weary produces “dancers well known in the ballet world.” According to DanceTeacher magazine, she “produces students who have the whole package — attention to detail, early technical development, and a broad socialization into the arts.” Ms. Weary and CPYB have been featured in leading newspapers and magazines, television news and features, and in the award-winning documentary film presented on national public television “Children with a Dream.”

She has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions over the past two decades including the 1992 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award for Central Pennsylvania; the 2000 Carlisle Regional Arts Award, of which she was the first recipient; the 2007 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts for Outstanding Leadership and Service to Youth; and the 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award; the Central Penn Business Journal 2010 Woman of Influence Award for her leadership, integrity and accomplishments; an honorary doctor of Performing Arts degree from Dickinson College in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts; and most recently, Leadership Cumberland honors in recognition of her dedication to changing lives through dance.