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Famed George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® to be Performed by Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Carlisle, Pa. (October 27, 2016) – 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. 10-11 and Hershey Theatre Dec. 17-18.

CPYB is the only central Pennsylvania organization licensed to perform the Balanchine version of ‘The Nutcracker’, which gives area residents the unique opportunity to experience the same breathtaking choreography that is performed on professional ballet stages across the United States. CPYB first received license from The George Balanchine Trust to perform the work in 1991.

Darla Hoover, Balanchine Trust répétiteur, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the region’s youth to dance the famed Balanchine work that is performed on the stage of Lincoln Center in New York City.”

Maestro Stuart Malina returns to lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly colorful score at the Dec. 17-18 Hershey Theatre performances.

The mesmerizing stage elements and sophisticated lighting unleash the imagination of viewers. A 450-lb Christmas tree that grows to a height of more than 22 feet evokes audible gasps of awe from the audience. A marvelous blizzard of dancers and falling snow create goose bumps. The figure of Mother Ginger provides comedic interludes and The Sugarplum Fairy and Her Cavalier make hearts flutter. No wonder the New York Post praises George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ as “the Christmas show of all Christmas shows.”

Performances supported, in part, by Co-Presenting Sponsors Marjie and Don Mowery and R.S. Mowery & Sons, Incorporated.

CPYB is supported, in part, by season underwriters F&M Trust and Members 1st Federal Credit Union 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 10
2 p.m. Sunday, December 11
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 20
2 p.m. Sunday, December 21
Tickets range $28-$52
717.534.3405 or

Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will once again present interactive Storytelling Through Movement programs before the Dec. 10 and 11 afternoon shows at Whitaker Center. Free and open to the public. Programs will take place at 12:15 p.m. Sat., Dec.10, and 1:15 p.m. Sun., Dec. 11, 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 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.