Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is kicking off its 2018-19 season with “Cinderella’s Ball.” The production will feature Elizabethtown Area High School sophomore Lily Krisko as Cinderella.
Krisko said she is excited but nervous about the performance. The group was given just four weeks to prepare for the performance.
“Usually the fall performance is one you have to get by, it’s just one you have to push past,” she said, but that the short notice is standard.
Besides understanding the fall show routine, Krisko comes to Cinderella with 13 years of dance under her belt — she began dancing at age 2. She also has experience in lead roles having danced as Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” and the Marzipan lead in “Nutcracker.”
Even with her experience, Krisko expects that dancing a principal role on short notice will involves some time outside of rehearsal. Krisko said she “will have to go in to dance, when I’m not dancing (at rehearsal) to work though the movements, to make it muscle memory.” Finding time will be hard because she already dances more than 36 hours a week. But with a partner 9 inches taller than her, she will have to nail the steps or else the two will be completely out of sync.
“If I go to jump and he’s not there to lift me, it’s just not going to work,” she said.
While Krisko might struggle to find time to commit all the steps to muscle memory, finding the desire to dance will be no problem.
“Ballet is the best way for me to express myself. The classical music makes me feel great,” Krisko said.
Performances of “Cinderella’s Ball” will be held in the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. There are two performances on Saturday, Oct. 20 features, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and a single performance on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at cpyb. org/performances and begin at $30 for adults and $25 dollars for children. The CPYB is also hosting a free, precurtain event, “Storytelling Through Movement,” where the attendees will hear the story of Cinderella’s Ball and meet the characters.
“Storytelling Through Movement” occurs at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.
“Cinderella’s Ball” is an adapted version of the classic fairy tale, created and choreographed by CPYB’s Alan Hineline. The performance length is shortened to be more suitable for children. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as a Cinderella, the Prince, or any other character from Cinderella.