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Caught in a Quandary: Love-Struck Hero Falls for a Real Doll
Comedic ballet Coppélia returns to the Whitaker Center Stage!

Carlisle, Pa. (March 11, 2016) – When a love-struck hero falls for another girl — and she’s a real doll — the hijinks begin!

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s (CPYB) production of Alan Hineline’s Coppélia returns to the Whitaker Center stage on April 16&17.

CPYB last performed Hineline's Coppélia in 2009. It is a ballet about youth, innocence, playfulness and joy. With its comic exuberance and vitality, it fits perfectly into the CPYB repertoire.

The ballet depicts the amusing tale of the village girl Swanilda and her slightly straying fiancé, Franz. Though he’s set to marry her, Franz’s wavering affection falls on Coppélia, a lifelike doll that he mistakes at a distance for a beautiful young woman. Unbeknownst to Franz, Coppélia is the creation of old toymaker, Dr. Coppélius. Not realizing that her betrothed has fallen for a doll, comedy ensues when the feisty Swanilda and her friends sneak into the slightly eccentric doll-maker’s musty workshop where she intends to confront her romantic rival.

“I love this story — with the mischievous antics of Franz, the jealous tirades of Swanilda, and comedic and heart-felt eccentricities of Dr. Coppélius — Coppélia really bursts with personality. Children and adults alike always leave the theatre chuckling,” said choreographer Alan Hineline.

“Following the success of Alan Hineline’s Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty, theatre-goers will once again experience in Coppélia a production nothing short of delightful,” said CEO Nicholas Ade.

Coppélia premiered at the Theatre Imperial de l'Opéra in Paris on May 25, 1870. The three act ballet was first choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon with the musical score by Léo Delibes shimmering in violin melodies and fast-cascading Slavic themes. The ballet was later restaged by Marius Petipa and again by Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti.

Often citing Giselle as the great tragic ballet of the 19th century, dance historians call Coppélia the century's standout comedy. Both works take place in a peasant village. Both have roots in real life as well as fantasy. Both are love stories — albeit with different endings. 

“Breathtaking moments in choreography, an array of colorful costumes, and towering sets that feature a European town square and the inside of Dr. Coppélius’ workshop, Coppélia is a highlight in any company’s repertory,” added Ade.

CPYB casts of more than 100 dancers will spend approximately 215 hours in rehearsal time in preparation for the production.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Performance Ticket Information:

Coppélia
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Harrisburg, Pa.
1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16
2 p.m., Sunday, April 17
Tickets range from $42-$19
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit whitakercenter.org

Special Pre-Performance Event: CPYB is teaming up once again with the American Literacy Corporation (ALC) to present storytelling with movement. Join abc27 news anchor Valerie Pritchett and ALC’s Floyd Stokes for a special reading of “Coppélia.”

The pre-performance readings are free and open to the public. The 45-minute readings will take place at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

During the weekend performances theatre-goers will also have the opportunity to register to win the CPYB 60th Anniversary Commemorative Doll-Size Replicate Swanilda Costume created especially for this production. One lucky winner will be awarded the doll-size replicate costume.

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 schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.

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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 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 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.

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 New York, 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.

About Choreographer Alan Hineline
From classical to contemporary, Alan Hineline takes the best of what ballet has to offer and keeps it both relevant and engaging for the dancer and the theatre-goer. A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Hineline has created more than 25 works for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Among Hineline’s prominent pieces include grand stagings of the evening-length classics The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, and Coppélia, and the original full-length production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Some of Hineline’s other original choreographic credits include: Hansel and Gretel, Roseland Pictures capturing the energy and verve of the Swing era, To the Eternity, and 25 showcasing the dancers’ athletic movements through his trademark musicality. Hineline’s works cover a wide range of dancer displaying the artistic diversity of the individual artist. His body of work has been seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. Hineline was named Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Resident Choreographer in 1997, a post he held for 16 years. Hineline sits on the national advisory board of Regional Dance America. He is the founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s choreographic initiatives ChoreoPlan and FirstSteps. Among his many awards is the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography from the Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation, as well as multiple National Choreography Awards from Regional Dance America.

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