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"Romeo and Juliet"

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will perform "Romeo and Juliet" at the Whitaker Center in April.

Dancers with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will once again bring William Shakespeare to the stage, this time with the premiere of choreographer Alan Hineline’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Performances of the show will run from Saturday to Sunday at the Whitaker Center stage in Harrisburg.

Hineline, the former CEO of CPYB and current director of artistic programming, choreographed the iconic Shakespeare tale coupled with Sergei Prokofiev’s famous “Romeo and Juliet” ballet score.

“The Shakespearean story of two star-crossed lovers is undeniably one of the most powerful love stories in the world,” Hineline said in a news release. “If you’re passionate, if you’ve ever been in love, this is a story and a ballet that will speak to you.”

“This production is incredible because it takes ballet in its purest form and folds it into the acting and live theater portion of the arts,” said Kensington MacMillen, one of three dancers portraying Juliet. “The acting itself almost puts the audience into the seat of Shakespeare’s play.”

“Prokofiev’s score is such a beautiful piece of music,” added David Gabriel who is cast as Romeo. “There is something so moving when you watch a ballet, because without words, the music, movement and emotion can touch you in a way that nothing else can.”

There will be three dancers to perform the role of Juliet and two dancers to perform the role of Romeo over the course of three shows at the Whitaker Center. Though there are the two central roles, CPYB said the show, which is appropriate for all ages, includes more than 100 roles that feature everyone from the youngest dancers to faculty members.

CPYB will be incorporating the set and costumes from the Nashville Ballet for this production.

The world premiere of Hineline’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. The other showings will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $20 to $44, depending on seating, and can be purchased by calling 717-214-2787, visiting whitakercenter.org or purchasing it in person at 222 Market St., Harrisburg.

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