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Shakespeare’s Greatest Comedy Comes to Whitaker Center
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Carlisle, Pa. (February 21, 2018) – “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s greatest comedy comes to the Whitaker Center stage as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Presented by Members 1st Federal Credit Union, performances run April 14-15.

“Southcentral Pennsylvania theatregoers have experienced the kindness of Cinderella. Their hearts broke with Giselle in the gripping tale of unrequited love. They cheered when the handsome prince woke The Sleeping Beauty from a 100-year sleep with a kiss,” said CEO Nicholas Ade. “They certainly will not want to miss the misunderstandings, mishaps, and all the crazy, foolish things we do in the name of love in Shakespeare’s most loved comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream!”

CPYB will present the world premiere production of Alan Hineline’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 14-15 at Whitaker Center. Three performances only: 1 & 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), in person at 222 Market Street in Harrisburg, or online at

The moonlit forest realm of Oberon, the fairy king, and his queen Titania, provides the ideal setting for the magical story of mismatched lovers and a mischievous sprite. The lovesick Helena pines for the fickle Demetrius who in turn chases the charming Hermia who is in love with Lysander, a model of a devoted lover. When Puck — the impish, quick-witted sprite who enjoys nothing more than playing tricks and causing trouble — has the foursome switching who is in love with whom, sparks fly!

The ballet strips the language from Shakespeare’s humor while maintaining the heart of the comedy. It requires a strong skill combining musicality with subtlety to make it work.

“Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is bursting with danceable imagery,” said the ballet’s creator Alan Hineline. “The story’s themes of mismatched love and revenge gone wrong make for a vividly humorous journey that I look forward to bringing to life.”

Hineline leads the artistic team creating this new production, writing the libretto and arranging both incidental and orchestral music from composer Felix Mendelssohn to support the story. 

Casts of 87 dancers will captivate theatregoers’ imaginations in a magical world interweaving mortals and fairies. Costume designers utilize an array of gossamer fabrics to create original costumes suited to fireflies twinkling in the night and a new children’s corps of 16 bugs. Hineline’s longtime collaborator, lighting designer Josh Monroe, brings his versatility in creating scenes befitting the otherworldly experience known only to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been a natural choice for a ballet. It is done by companies around the world,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “I am so pleased to commission Alan to create ‘Midsummer’.”

CPYB is supported, in part, by season underwriter F&M Trust and by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Performance Ticket Information:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Harrisburg, Pa.
1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 14
2 p.m., Sunday, April 15
Tickets range from $43-$20
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 Shannon Cochran at 717.245.1790 or Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Shannon Cochran.


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. As a nonprofit arts education organization, CPYB provides access to world-class ballet training through the support of generous donors.

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 lifelong advocate for the arts, Alan Hineline delivers a rare blend of business acumen and artistic expertise with a proven track record of motivating organizations to achieve their artistic and strategic missions.

In his role as Director of Artistic Programming at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Hineline is charged with creating and acquiring repertoire that furthers the educational and artistic development of the students of the school.

Hineline has been creating ballets for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet since 1995. In 1997 Marcia Dale Weary named Hineline resident choreographer of CPYB; a role that he continued through 2014. His choreography is in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Ballet de Monterrey, Ballet Philippines, Pennsylvania Ballet, ProDanza Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Utah Regional Ballet and Ballet Academy East, among others. Hineline serves on the permanent guest faculty of Ballet Academy East and has been a guest faculty member at Jacob's Pillow and The Juilliard School. He is a Choo San Goh Choreography Award winner and recipient of multiple Regional Dance America choreographic awards.

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. Hineline served as CEO for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) 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. Previously, Hineline lead Ballet Philippines, in Manila, as chief operating officer and artistic director. 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.