The brilliant dancers of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet bring George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, a winter classic, to life with magical sets and dazzling costumes set to the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky.
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) became the first and only school in the world to license and perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® in 1965. Today, CPYB’s production of The Nutcracker ballet – performed in Harrisburg and Hershey, PA, is one of the most sought-after events during the holidays, delighting audiences of all ages.
If you are in the New York area and considering a family-friendly holiday event this year, gather up the family and attend a performance of CPYB’s own George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® tells a mesmerizing and timeless tale introducing audience members of all ages to ballet through colorful characters, dynamic storylines, and beautiful stage effects.
The History of The Nutcracker
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is one of the most famous and beloved ballets of all time. In 1816, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was first published by E.T.A. The original release of the book was not intended for children. In fact, it was originally drafted as a horror-style fairytale for adults only. Fortunately, a family-friendly version of The Nutcracker was developed by Alexander Dumas. A ballet was commissioned from the children’s version of the story with music written by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky. The first ballet production of The Nutcracker story premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December of 1892.
While The Nutcracker is now well-known around the world, this took some time. George Balanchine, a dancer from Russia, once danced in the original The Nutcracker in 1919 when he was just 15 years old. As an adult, many years later, George Balanchine relocated to New York City, where he began to produce and choreograph his own shows. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® ultimately became his most famous production.
After George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® debuted in New York City in 1954, the production ultimately became a magical holiday tradition.
If you are looking for an awe-inspiring performance of The Nutcracker ballet near New York, CPYB’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® production will be live at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg on December 10th, 2022, (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.) as well as Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 2 p.m. Pricing for tickets at the Whitaker Center ranges between $25-$48 per child to $30-$48 per adult.
The George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® production by CPYB will also be live from Hershey Theatre on Saturday, December 17th, 2022 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.) as well as Sunday, December 18th, 2022, at 2 p.m. Pricing for tickets at the Hershey Theatre ranges between $30-$50 per child to $35-$50 per adult.