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Cinderella Live on Stage at Whitaker Center
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Presents the Fairy Tale of all Fairy Tales

Carlisle, Pa. (March 5, 2015) — Audiences of all ages will be dazzled by the classical fairy tale Cinderella on the Whitaker Center stage April 18 and 19. More than 75 performers from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will tell the story of a young girl who discovers her prince with a little help from her fairy godmother.

There will be three performances of Cinderella: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18, and 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. Tickets may be purchased by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), in person at 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, or online at

News is spreading throughout the kingdom: the prince will choose his bride at the Spring Ball. Cinderella is left behind as her stepmother and stepsisters hurry to the ball in the hopes of catching the prince’s attention. Sad and alone, Cinderella is surprised by a visit from her fairy godmother who transforms the girl into the most beautiful young lady in the kingdom. At the ball, this unrecognizable beauty captures the heart of the prince. Fleeing from the ball at the stroke of midnight, Cinderella leaves a heartbroken prince and a single slipper in her wake. Slipper in hand, will the prince ever find this captivating stranger who holds his heart?

“Because of its admirable themes of kindness and hope, the fairy tale Cinderella has mesmerized children and adults for hundreds of years,” says Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “Watching the story come alive through the artistic performances of these talented dancers in elaborate costumes with magical sets will encourage audiences to dream their dreams and offer hope and kindness to those around them.”

This full-length production of Cinderella is choreographed by Alan Hineline and is set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, who composed the score in the 1940s.

Special Pre-Performance Event: CPYB joins 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 “Cinderella.” There will also be other surprises for attendees of this interactive pre-show event, including the opportunity for “little princesses” to try on for size the lost slipper.

The pre-performance readings are free and open to the public. The 45-minute readings will take place at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

Performance Ticket Information:

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, Pa.
1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 18
2 p.m., Sunday, April 19
Tickets range from $41-$18
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit


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.

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
A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Alan Hineline’s work has appeared in the repertories of many companies in North America and has been received enthusiastically in performances around the globe. In 1997 at the invitation of Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Hineline was named resident choreographer for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Over a period of 16 years, he created numerous ballets for this internationally acclaimed school and company. His body of work can be seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Atlanta Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. His work has been performed at the New York International Ballet Competition, the Aoyama International Ballet Festival in Tokyo and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the founder of CPYB’s choreographic initiative, ChoreoPlan. 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. Hineline now serves as CEO of Ballet San Jose.

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