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The ‘Legend’ Returns
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet presents Alan Hineline’s "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Carlisle, Pa. (February 24, 2014)– Southcentral Pennsylvania audiences will get caught up into the folklore as Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow returns to the Whitaker Center stage on April 12 & 13. The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) is proud to present the revival of Hineline’s bewitching balletic tale filled with superstition, romance and mischief!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollowreturns for three performances only: 1 & 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. Tickets may be purchased by calling 717.214.ARTS (2787), in person at 222 Market Street in Harrisburg, or online at whitakercenter.org.

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, and he rounds up the town hooligans to create a bit of “superstition” of his own. Feeding Ichabod’s naiveté, Brom Bones brings the tension amongst the three to a head in an impassioned conclusion.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a classic of truly wonderful dance, storytelling and narrative score,” says Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “I was excited when Alan first created the ballet in 2002 and even more so now that it is returning to the CPYB repertory after being performed across the U.S.”

The world premiere of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow took place on April 12, 2002, on the Whitaker stage in Harrisburg. Performed by ballet companies across the U.S., critics call Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow “the most eye-catching production,” “actively engaging from beginning to end,” and “a dance packed with surprises.”

When creating his ballet, Hineline focused on the spirit of the story, drawn from American storyteller Washington Irving’s famous 194 year-old literary masterpiece of the same name. Staying true to the peculiar character of the inhabitants in Irving’s secluded countryside glen, Hineline ingeniously brings superstition and folklore to life in the ghostly Hollows, creates humor in the comedic antics of the Sleepy Hollow Boys, and exposes passion in the conflict with the Headless Horseman.

Hineline created the original story ballet as a huge collaborative project at the CPYB studios in Carlisle with composer Lanny Meyers, set designer Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, costume designers Sebastian St. John and Lisa Walborn, and lightning designer Josh Monroe.

Six-time Emmy-award winning composer Lanny Meyers wrote the original score for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Before writing a single note, Meyers did his fair share of research to get a sense of late 18th century small town New York music. A visit to Tarrytown, New York and a study of Old Dutch folk songs stirred Meyers. He also drew inspiration from poet and composer Adrianus Valerius’ “We Gather Together” and from the 1848 Shaker melody “Simple Gifts” made popular by Aaron Copland’s 1944 composition Appalachian Spring.  Meyers also worked with Hineline on the crowd-pleasing Roseland Pictures.

Distinguished scenic designer Gillian Bradshaw-Smith adds to the ballet’s intrigue in her captivating primitive American art set designs. Bradshaw-Smith creates a “hands-on” environment that the dancers actually inhabit. The nighttime forest with a large, old twisted barren tree with branches appears to end almost in hands. Costume designers Sebastian St. John and Lisa Walborn bring impeccable detail to the elegant period costumes designed for the ballet’s 115-some characters.

CPYB is supported, in part, by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund.

Ticket Information:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12
2 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Tickets range from $40-$17
717.214.ARTS (2787) or visit whitakercenter.org

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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 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 58 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 esteemed 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
Hineline brings a rare blend of business acumen and artistic expertise to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, one of the nation’s foremost schools of classical ballet. He comes directly to CPYB after serving as artistic director and chief operating officer (COO) of Ballet Philippines.

A sought-after choreographer and ballet master, Hineline’s work has appeared in the repertories of many companies in North America and has been received enthusiastically in performances around the globe. In 1997 at the invitation of Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary, Hineline was named resident choreographer for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During the last 17 years, he has created numerous ballets for this internationally acclaimed school and company. His body of work can be seen in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Atlanta Ballet, and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, among many others. His work has been performed at the New York International Ballet Competition, the Aoyama International Ballet Festival in Tokyo, and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the founder of CPYB’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.

About Composer and Musical Arranger Lanny Meyers
Lanny Meyers is a six-time Emmy Award winning composer, an orchestrator, principal arranger and musical director. He has collaborated with choreographers Matt Mattox, Lee Becker Theodore, Alan Hineline and Sandra Devlin, and composed two full-length ballets among other works for dance. Meyers awards include Primetime EMMY: “Night of !00 Stars” Radio City, NYC (CBS), Primetime EMMY: “Tony Award Telecast” Shubert Theatre (CBS); Daytime EMMY: “The Edge of Night” (ABC), Daytime EMMY: “The Guiding Light” (CBS), Daytime EMMY: “The Unforgivable Secret” (ABC), Daytime EMMY: “Sometimes I Don’t Love My Mother” (CBS); MAC Manhattan Assoc. of Cabarets (CD Album of the Year, 2004); Cine Golden Eagle “A Warm Reception in L.A.”, Cine Golden Eagle “Snowie & the Seven Dorps”, Cine Golden Eagle “Fast-Food Matador”, Cine Golden Eagle “The Ballad of Archie Foley”; Meet-the-Composer Grant (NY State Council on the Arts); Artist-in-Residence, Wurlitzer Foundation: Taos, NM, Artist-in Residence, Electronic Music Workshop: NYC; 1st Prize American Jewish Song Festival, Encino, CA; Nominations: Grammy, Clio, MAC & 5 additional Emmy nominations.

Meyers performances include Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Symphony Space “Thalia Follies,” Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

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