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The Production that Reveals the Captivating Story Behind The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
CPYB kicks off 2016/17 season

Carlisle, Pa. (September 21, 2016) — Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) will open its 2016/17 season with Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on the Whitaker Center stage in Harrisburg. The production promises theatre-goers an exhilarating performance experience full of mystery and romance.

Three performances only: 1 & 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 23.

In the mysterious glen of Sleepy Hollow a romantic rivalry is brewing. New school teacher Ichabod Crane has become smitten with Katrina Van Tassel, the town beauty. Local tough guy, Brom Bones, will have nothing of it, so he rounds up the town hooligans to create a bit of “superstition” of his own.

Adapted from Washington Irving’s celebrated folk tale, Hineline created The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to an original score by six time EMMY® award winning composer Lanny Meyers. Full of attitude, Hineline ingeniously brings superstition and folklore to life in the ghostly Hollows. He creates humor in the comedic antics of the Sleepy Hollow Boys and exposes passion in the romantic conflict.

Scenic designer Gillian Bradshaw-Smith’s larger-than-life sets that the dancers inhabit create a mystical environment. The nighttime forest scene with a large, old twisted barren tree with branches appears to end almost in hands. Costume designers Sebastian St. John’s and Lisa Walborn’s elegant period costumes designed for the ballet’s 113-some characters produce a magnificent sensory experience for everyone.

The authenticity of the setting and musical score is rooted in Hineline’s extensive research. He and Meyers visited Tarrytown, New York, and studied Old Dutch folk songs extensively when creating this production. In addition, Hineline creatively explores the existence of the Headless Horseman and the resulting story ending giving the audience a new twist on an old favorite.

“With exquisite choreography, a stirring narrative score, and artful dance, Alan breathes new life into a 196 year-old literary classic,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “It’s theatre at its best!”

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow premiered in Southcentral PA on April 13, 2002, at the Sunoco Performance Theater, Whitaker Center.

CPYB is the Resident Ballet Company at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. 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:
Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, Pa.
1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, October 22
2 p.m., Sunday, October 23
Tickets range from $20-$43
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit whitakercenter.org

Special Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will host interactive storytelling through movement programs with CPYB dancers prior to the matinee performances. The pre-performance programs are free and open to the public and will take place at 12 p.m. Saturday, October 22, and 1 p.m. Sunday, October 23, in the Kunkel Gallery at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

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MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: We invite the media to attend upcoming rehearsals and speak with the choreographer, performers and artistic staff about the performance. For more information, please contact Bonnie Schulte at 717.245.1191 or schulte@cpyb.org. Coverage opportunities of performances are also available and must be set up through Bonnie Schulte.

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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.

About Alan Hineline, Choreographer and CPYB Director of Artistic Programming 
From classical to contemporary, Alan Hineline takes the best of what ballet has to offer and keeps it both relevant and engaging for the dancer and the theatre-goer. A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Hineline has created more than 25 works for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Among Hineline’s prominent pieces include grand stagings of the evening-length classics The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, and Coppélia, and the original full-length production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Some of Hineline’s other original choreographic credits include: Hansel and Gretel, Roseland Pictures capturing the energy and verve of the Swing era, To the Eternity, and 25 showcasing the dancers’ athletic movements through his trademark musicality. Hineline’s works cover a wide range of dancer displaying the artistic diversity of the individual artist. His body of work has been seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. Hineline was named Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Resident Choreographer in 1997, a post he held for 16 years. Hineline sits on the national advisory board of Regional Dance America. He is the founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s choreographic initiatives ChoreoPlan and FirstSteps. 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.