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The Sleeping Beauty Awakens at the Whitaker Center
April 8 & 9, 2017

Carlisle, Pa. (February 20, 2017) – A 16th birthday celebration. A wicked fairy’s fury. A spell is cast! The Sleeping Beauty — brimming with the splendor of a king’s palace — returns to the Whitaker Center stage in Harrisburg on April 8 & 9.

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) production of Alan Hineline’s The Sleeping Beauty will run for three performances only: 1 & 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. Tickets can be purchased by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), in person at 222 Market Street in Harrisburg, or online at

Hineline’s production of The Sleeping Beauty floods the stage with courtiers, villagers, royal pages, ladies in waiting, the royal parents, and four royal suitors who seek Princess Aurora’s hand in marriage. When the 16-year-old-curse of a finger pricked on the spindle of a spinning wheel abruptly halts the long-awaited birthday celebration, the entire kingdom falls into a deep sleep.

“It all begins with the very first measures of music. The grandeur of Tchaikovsky’s score establishes a regal canvas against which the ballet’s ageless tale of good triumphing over evil unfolds,” says Alan Hineline, CPYB director of artistic programming. “The ballet offers some of the greatest athletic and technical challenges in the classical ballet repertoire, and I’m excited to bring this ballet to life for our audiences with the incredible dancers of CPYB.”

The production presents a shining demonstration of the grace and grandeur in steel pointe work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, and daring lifts. To bring it to the stage, Hineline’s The Sleeping Beauty includes 139 individual roles and twenty-plus rehearsal hours per week for seven weeks leading up to the production.

“Alan’s Beauty is a show of brilliant dancing, lavish sets and costumes, and extraordinary music all coming together to create one of the greatest dramas of all time,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “It’s an ageless story for all ages to enjoy!”

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 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 and Ticket Information:

The Sleeping Beauty
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8
2 p.m. Sunday, April 9
Adult and Child Ticket Pricing Range: $43-$20
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit

Pre-Performance Event: CPYB will once again present interactive Storytelling Through Movement programs before the April 8 and 9 afternoon shows. Free and open to the public. Programs will take place at 12:15 p.m. Sat., April 8, and 1:15 p.m. Sun., April 9, 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.

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. 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.

Hineline returns to the CPYB faculty with a broad range of international teaching credentials. An in demand choreographer/ballet master, he has created more than 25 works for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. His body of work can also be seen in the repertories of companies throughout the world including American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Ballet Philippines. Hineline sits on the national advisory board of Regional Dance America. He is the founder of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s choreographic initiative, ChoreoPlan. 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.