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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
More than 140 dancers bring this holiday tradition to life in Central Pennsylvania

Carlisle, Pa. (November 11, 2015) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), the nation’s preeminent school of classical ballet and the only regional company licensed to perform the Balanchine production of The Nutcracker, returns to the stages of Whitaker Center on Dec. 12-13 and Hershey Theatre on Dec. 19-20.

Adventure awaits as Marie and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Mouse King and embark on a journey through the Land of Sweets with the Sugarplum Fairy.

When did The Nutcracker become more than a ballet? The New York Times calls it a “mesmerizing blend of the fantastical and the human,” a ritual that has stuck around for good reason — “How many works of art are able to capture memory and the passing of time so profoundly on both sides of the stage?”

Balanchine’s The Nutcracker premiered on February 2, 1954, in New York City, establishing the ballet and its score as perennial favorites in the United States. Tchaikovsky’s music comes to life in the exhilarating jumps and ever crisp pointe work of Balanchine’s exquisitely meticulous choreography. The detail-rich party scene and marvelous blizzard of dancers and falling snow. Mother Ginger’s comedic interlude and the heart-fluttering Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier grand pas de deux. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ inspires rapt attention among children in the audience, including the children who have grown into adults.

“We are so privileged to offer audiences the chance to see CPYB students perform the same choreography as professional ballet companies in major cities that do this work,” says Darla Hoover, CPYB Associate Artistic Director and Balanchine Trust Répétiteur. “The production is evergreen, but individual performances with casts of more than 140 dancers make the difference.”

Guest teachers and coaches helping CPYB students prepare for the upcoming production include Jonathan Stafford, a New York City Ballet ballet master and former NYCB principal dancer and CPYB alumnus, and NYCB principal dancer Daniel Ulbricht.

Maestro Stuart Malina will lead the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s live performances of Tchaikovsky’s richly colorful score at the Dec. 19-20 Hershey Theatre performances.

CPYB is supported, in part, 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 12
2 p.m. Sunday, December 13
Ticket range: $46-$23
717.214.ARTS (2787) or

Hershey Theatre
Maestro Stuart Malina conducts the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, December 19
2 p.m. Sunday, December 20
Tickets range $51-$28
717.534.3405 or

Special Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will once again present interactive Storytelling Through Movement programs before the Dec. 12 and 13 afternoon shows at Whitaker Center. Free and open to the public. Programs will take place from 12:10 – 12:45 p.m. Sat., Dec.12, and 1:10 – 1:45 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13, 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 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 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.

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