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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Presents A Season of Three Fairy Tale Performances

The Perfect Children’s Adventure: Hansel and Gretel

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

The Story of Dreams that Come True: Cinderella

Inspiring, Magical and Captivating Choreography!

Carlisle, Pa. (August 8, 2014) – The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is pleased to present its 2014/2015 performance season featuring three fairy tale ballets.

Hansel and Gretel
The 2014/15 season opens on October 25-26 with the return of Hansel and Gretel to the CPYB repertoire. Hungry and lost in the forest, Hansel and Gretel stumble upon a house made of delicious confections and find themselves welcomed by a witch whose keen interest in them has sinister motives. Wholesome entertainment, Alan Hineline’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale is perfect for introducing children and their families to the fascinating world of ballet.

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, Harrisburg, on December 13&14, and concludes with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stuart Malina at the opulent Hershey Theatre, Hershey, on December 20-21.

The “fairy tale of all fairy tales,” audiences will become enraptured in this full-length staging on April 18-19, 2015. A kindhearted Fairy Godmother. A pumpkin transformed into a carriage. A dazzling ball, a dashing prince, and a lost shoe looking for just the right fit! Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s silvery score, Alan Hineline’s alluring retelling of Cinderella is a must-see.

CPYB last performed this beloved fairy tale classic in 2008. Cinderella – a dream come true for anyone who believes in the magic of happily ever after!

June Series
As an added bonus, CPYB will wrap up the 2014/15 season in the four days of our mixed-bill repertory production, June Series, June 17–20. Five unique programs mix new works by today’s notable choreographers with classics and audience favorites that ballet novices and loyal patrons alike can appreciate.

The Company will present two premieres from the legendary George Balanchine – the mesmerizing “Emeralds,” from Balanchine’s masterful Jewels, and the exuberant Allegro Brillante, one of the choreographer’s most joyous, pure dance pieces. CPYB’s ongoing commitment to Balanchine works continually demonstrates both the incredible breadth of creativity of this artist widely regarded as the most influential choreographer of the 20th century and the CPYB dancers’ skill and artistry.

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

“This season CPYB will present fairy tales that will delight the whole family,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “We always present works that will captivate audiences, but this season will have Southcentral Pennsylvania theatre-goers experiencing the world through the eyes of a child.” 

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 more than 59 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; and most recently, an honorary doctor of Performing Arts degree from Dickinson College in recognition of her contributions to the performing arts.