Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Caroline Dougherty performs the role of “Arabian” in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.”

photo by Rosalie O’Connor

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet unveiled its 2017-18 season of shows, which includes the annual “Nutcracker,” as well as a world premiere of a new ballet.

The CPYB Friday released details about its upcoming season, which will start in October with “Hansel and Gretel.”

In Alan Hineline’s choreographed adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale, CPYB said it is aiming to introduce ballet and theater to children and their families. The ballet will follow the two title characters who stumble on a witch and her house made of confections.

The ballet in the studio’s Storybook Ballet Series will run on Oct. 21 and 22.

Next up is the annual production of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” CPYB will perform Balanchine’s choreography for two weekends of productions in December—one at the Whitaker Center and the other at the Hershey Theatre.

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will once again join ballet dancers at the Hershey Theatre production on Dec. 16 and 17.

CPYB is the only organization in the region to hold the license to perform Balanchine’s two-act version of “The Nutcracker,” and the only ballet school in the country with the license.

New to CPYB is a world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Hineline again choreographs the new ballet, which features Shakespeare’s tale of fairies, mismatched lovers and a mischievous sprite.

The adaptation will be performed on April 14 and April 15, 2018.

The June Series returns on June 20-23, 2018, to wrap up CPYB’s season. The series includes five unique programs displaying new works by new choreographers, as well as classics and audience favorites.

“These works transcend generations. These young artists send your spirits soaring – creating new worlds, turning movement into magic,” said Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary. “Together Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will touch the hearts of theatergoers with an abundance of adventure, artistry and joy.”

Tickets prices vary by production, and single ticket sales will go on sale on Sept. 1.

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