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Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents
2012/2013 Performance Season 

By Popular Demand Dancing Musical Journey Returns:
Carnival of the Animals

Capital Region’s Holiday Tradition:
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™

The Crown Jewel of Classical Ballet:
The Sleeping Beauty

Company Premieres, New Ballets and Revivals: June Series
Paul Taylor’s Company B
Balanchine’s “Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Walpurgisnacht Ballet
Alan Hineline’s From A to M
… and more!

Carlisle, Pa. (September 7, 2012)– The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) steps into a season of dreams with young Noah Nathaniel Norris’ vivid daydreams in Carnival of the Animals,Marie’s fanciful dream to the Land of Sweets in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, the hundred years’ slumber and magical awakening of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the sprightly “Scherzo” from Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream during June Series.

“This season is full of works by some of the world’s leading choreographers,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “Capital region audiences will experience the versatility and stylistic depth of these talented young dancers.”

The 2012/13 Season opens with the reprise of last season’s crowd-pleasing Carnival of the Animals. Featuring original choreography by CPYB faculty and former Boston Ballet principal dancer Laszlo Berdo, The Patriot-News describes ‘Carnival’ as “a beautifully rendered show for children and adults that deserves to become an annual tradition.” WITF radio personality Cary Burkett will be back offering his “witty and rhyming narration.” The venerable Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) under the direction of Gregory Woodbridge, music director and conductor of the symphony’s youth orchestra and HSO assistant conductor, will bring 19th century composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ well-knownmelody of the same name to life.

Nearly 50 eye-popping costumes including chicks, an elephant, seahorses, snails, a boxing kangaroo, and even a dancing dinosaur skeleton bring alive the vivid daydreams of a young  boy who can’t keep his mind on his piano lessons because his mother promised him a pet for his birthday. From the show’s playful choreography to its whimsical costumes and sing-song libretto, ‘Carnival’ brings out the child in everyone. Four performances will be held; two each on Saturday, October 20, and on Sunday, October 21, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg. Funding for Carnival of the Animals is underwritten, in part, by PNC Wealth Management.

CPYB brings the holidays home with its annual engagement of the yuletide classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. CPYB begins its two-weekend run in the intimate Sunoco Theater at Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, on December 8&9, and concludes with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stuart Malina at the opulent Hershey Theatre, Hershey, on December 15&16.

Resident choreographer Alan Hineline returns on April 20&21 with the full-length restaging of what dance critics call “the greatest masterpiece of classical ballet,” The Sleeping Beauty. Rich in presentation and intimate in effect, Hineline’s staging stirs the passions of true love and reminds us of the rewards of happily ever after.

CPYB wraps up its 2012/13 Season with June Series, its mixed-bill repertory production, June 19-22. Five unique programs mix new works by today’s notable choreographers with classics and audience favorites, including legendary George Balanchine’s sprightly “Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Walpurgisnacht Ballet set to Gounod’s dance music for “Faust.” CPYB’s ongoing commitment to Balanchine works continually demonstrates the incredible breadth of creativity of this artist widely regarded as the most influential choreographer of the 20th century.

For the first time ever CPYB will present a masterwork from Paul Taylor, hailed as the “titan of American modern dance” (New York Times) and as “the reigning master of modern dance” (TIME Magazine). CPYB will perform Taylor’s Company B, a seminal piece of Americana recalling the turbulent World War II era through the hit songs of the Andrews Sisters.

Among the ballets during June Series will be the revival of From A to M, Hineline’s gift to Ms. Weary on the occasion of her 70th birthday, and new works by a talented group of emerging choreographers created during ChoreoPlan 2013, CPYB’s choreographic initiative.

Ticket prices vary by production. Tickets are on sale now. Call the Whitaker Center at 717.214.ARTS (2787), go online at or visit in person the Whitaker Box Office at 222 North Market Street, Harrisburg. Hershey ‘The Nutcracker’ tickets can be purchased by calling Hershey Theatre at 717.534.3405, online at or in person at the Hershey Box Office at 15 East Caracas, Hershey.

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

Carnival of the Animals
Choreography: Laszlo Berdo
Music: Camille Saint-Sa?ns
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Gregory Woodbridge

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Saturday, October 20, at 1 & 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, at 1 & 3 p.m.

 George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Choreography: George Balanchine
Répétiteur: Darla Hoover
Music Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Saturday, December 8, at 1 & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Choreography: George Balanchine
Répétiteur: Darla Hoover
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Maestro Stuart Malina

Hershey Theatre
Saturday, December 15, at 1 & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m.

The Sleeping Beauty
Choreography: Alan Hineline after Marius Petipa
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.

June Series
Mixed repertory program
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 7 p.m.
Next Generations Dance: Showcasing the youthful energy of CPYB

Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 7 p.m.
New Dance Plus: New works from ChoreoPlan 2013 and more!

Friday, June 21, 2013, at 7 p.m.
See the Music Dance: Taylor’s Company B, Balanchine’s “Scherzo” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Walpurgisnacht Ballet, and Hineline’s From A to M

Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 1 & 6 p.m.
Last Dance/Last Chance: Encore performances close the season

 MEDIA OPPORTUNITY:The media is invited 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. Contact Bonnie Schulte for arrangements and confirmation.


About Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Established in 1955 by Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet headquartered in Carlisle, Pa. CPYB’s mission is to inspire, educate and enrich the lives of our students and the region through training in and the performance of classical ballet.

About CPYB Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary
Ms. Weary is celebrated by critics and peers alike as one of the nation’s foremost instructors of classical ballet. She began her teaching career in Carlisle, Pa., in 1955 after her own studies with Thalia Mara and Arthur Mahoney at the School of Ballet Repertory in New York City. Under her leadership, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has produced thousands of exquisitely prepared, classically trained dancers, including principal dancers Ashley Bouder, Lia Cirio, Zachary Hench, Carrie Imler, Abi and  Jonathan Stafford, Ethan Stiefel, and Vanessa Zahorian, just to name a few. Currently more than 75 alumni occupy positions in highly regarded ballet companies such as New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet.