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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Presents Famed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Carlisle, Pa. (November 9, 2017) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) will present the annual holiday tradition of the region’s only production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® on the stages of Whitaker Center Dec. 9-10 and Hershey Theatre Dec. 16-17.

“CPYB’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays,” said Darla Hoover, Balanchine Trust répétiteur.

Mesmerizing stage elements, sophisticated lighting, and Mr. Balanchine’s adept storytelling unleash the viewer’s imagination: Marie’s heart-racing excitement at discovering that the toy soldiers have become as large as she. A 450-lb Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 22 feet evokes audible gasps of awe from the audience. Dancing Snowflakes building up into an astonishing storm create goose bumps, while The Sugarplum Fairy and Her Cavalier make hearts flutter.

“Year after year audiences are rediscovering the ballet’s many subtleties and finding new nuances. It’s thrilling to watch young children and adults alike become wonderfully engrossed in the happenings on stage,” adds Hoover.

Maestro Stuart Malina will lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly colorful score at the Dec. 16-17 Hershey Theatre performances.

CPYB is the only central Pennsylvania organization licensed to perform the Balanchine version of ‘The Nutcracker’. The school first received license from The George Balanchine Trust to perform the work in 1991.

Performances are supported, in part, by Mowery and Don and Marjie Mowery, co-presenting sponsors.

CPYB is supported, in part, by season underwriter F&M Trust and by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Performance Ticket Information: CPYB will perform the holiday favorite at two superb locations.

Whitaker Center
Experience an intimate venue in the heart of downtown Harrisburg
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 9
2 p.m. Sunday, December 10
Ticket range: $23-$46
717.214.ARTS (2787) or

Hershey Theatre
Maestro Stuart Malina conducts the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 16
2 p.m. Sunday, December 17
Tickets range $28-$52
717.534.3405 or

Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will once again present interactive Storytelling Through Movement programs before the Dec. 9 and 10 afternoon shows at Whitaker Center. Free and open to the public. Programs will take place at 12:15 p.m. Sat., Dec.9, and 1:15 p.m. Sun., Dec. 10, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.


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 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 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 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.