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National Production of “Hansel and Gretel” Comes to the Whitaker Center Stage

Carlisle, Pa. (August 29, 2017) - Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) kicks off its 2017/18 season on October 21 and 22 with the national production of Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel.

Audiences may think they know about the bread crumbs. They may think they know about the candy house. They may even think they know about the witch. They can forget about what they may think they know.

This magical performance of Hansel and Gretel will appear on the Whitaker Center stage for three performances only:

Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, October 21
2 p.m. Sunday, October 22
Adult and Child Ticket Pricing Range: $25
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit

Hineline expertly handles the original Brothers Grimm plot using movement, costuming, sets and lighting to pull the audience into the suspense and the thrill of a daring escape.

“Unlike any other show that audiences may have seen, this lighthearted telling of Hansel and Gretel is an adventure where childhood cleverness prevails against all odds,” said Hineline. “I always enjoy the positive reactions from audiences – children and parents alike.”

Hansel and Gretel is sponsored, in part, by co-presenting sponsor Capital BlueCross.

Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will once again present interactive Storytelling Through Movement programs before the October 21 and 22 afternoon shows. Free and open to the public. Programs will take place at 12:15 p.m. Sat., October 21, and 1:15 p.m. Sun., October 22, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund. CPYB is Resident Ballet Company at the Whitaker Center.

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 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.

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
Alan Hineline brings a rare blend of artistic expertise and business agility to the nonprofit sector. With esteemed experience in artistic direction, executive leadership and organizational development, Hineline has a proven track record of strategically innovating and motivating organizations to achieve their missions while building relevant and sustainable futures. ​

Alan Hineline brings a broad range of international artistic leadership, teaching and choreography credentials to his role as director of artistic programming at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Associated with CPYB since 1995, Hineline is charged with creating and acquiring repertoire that furthers the educational and artistic development of the students of the school. Hineline served as CEO for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet from 2009 to 2014. His strategies to expand the CPYB profile and develop financial support of the organization’s mission put CPYB on a path toward long-term sustainability and viability for future generations of students and audience members.

As chief executive officer of Ballet San Jose Hineline led all aspects of the organization’s mission fulfillment - working closely with trustee and artistic leadership on strategic initiatives, board development, financial stewardship, institutional marketing and fundraising campaigns, and artistic programming. Previously, Hineline lead Ballet Philippines, in Manila, as artistic director and chief operating officer. In his role, he oversaw a complete rebranding of the organization including repertoire expansion, artistic development of the company artists, and a heightened institutional profile. An active participant in national and regional artistic and philanthropic communities.

An internationally sought-after choreographer, Alan Hineline’s work is in the repertories of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Ballet de Monterrey, Ballet Philippines, Pennsylvania Ballet, ProDanza Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Academy East, among many schools, colleges, universities and professional companies. As a teacher, Hineline has instructed every level of dancer, from beginner through professional. He is part of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s faculty and has been a guest faculty member for, among others, Ballet Academy East and The Juilliard School. Along with these fine schools, he has taught at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, Aoyama Ballet Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival.

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