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LASZLO BERDO (Choreographer)

Berdo was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he began dancing at the age of five. At age 11, his mother gave him a pair of tights and threw him into an audition for a local Nutcracker production. Initial resistance turned into a life-long passion as Berdo performed onstage for the first time.

Berdo later intensified his studies at the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. Upon graduation, he first joined Ballet Austin and then the Louisville Ballet under Alun Jones and Helen Starr. He was later hired by Ivan Nagy, first as a guest artist, then as a soloist with the Cincinnati Ballet. Berdo joined the Boston Ballet in 1990 as a corps de ballet member under Bruce Marks. He was promoted to soloist in 1993 and became a principal dancer in 1995. As a principal, he danced numerous roles in ballets by Cranko, McMillan, Balanchine, Bournonville, Hynd and Stevenson. Berdo also excelled in contemporary works by Tharp, Taylor, Feld, Butler and York. Berdo is honored to be the first to perform the lead role in Cranko’s Eugene Onegin in the United States.

He began choreographing in 1993, creating the pas de deux Eternal Being, which later was performed for a Boston Ballet gala. In 1997, Berdo was commissioned to create a new work for Boston Ballet. Four Hands premiered in March of 1998 and was performed in many venues such as the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and at a summer festival in Biarritz, France. In 1999 Berdo created Below Down Under, which premiered at the Schubert Theatre in February 1999. In March of 2001, he created Sanctuary for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo. He choreographed Bass Elements for The Boston Conservatory and participated in ChoreoPlan 2001, in which he created Concertante for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Berdo staged Four Hands for the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki which premiered in October 2002. From 2000 to 2003 he was a faculty member for the Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. In 2003 he joined the faculty of CPYB full time. In 2008 Berdo choreographed Snow White and premiered Peter Pan in the fall of 2009. He was most recently commissioned to present The Nutcracker for the Eglevsky Ballet, which premiered in December 2010, and most recently staged Swan Lake for CPYB. Berdo teaches in the United States and Europe for ballet companies, summer intensives and colleges.

 

The Harrisburg Symphony is thrilled to welcome Maestro Gregory Woodbridge in his inaugural season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the HSO. Woodbridge also holds posts with the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra. He continues to inspire impassioned performances from orchestras at all levels, student through professional, and has been praised for his exceptional musicianship and artistry on the podium.

 

Gregory Woodbridge

GREGORY WOODBRIDGE (Music Director)

The Harrisburg Symphony is thrilled to welcome Maestro Gregory Woodbridge in his inaugural season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the HSO. Woodbridge also holds posts with the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra. He continues to inspire impassioned performances from orchestras at all levels, student through professional, and has been praised for his exceptional musicianship and artistry on the podium.

Maestro Woodbridge began studying piano at the age of 7 and violin at the age of 9. He holds degrees from Penn State University where he was assistant conductor for the Penn State Philharmonic, the Penn State Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. Additional conducting studies include the Pierre Monteux Conducting Institute in Maine with Michael Jinbo; Leonid Korchmar (Kirov Opera and St. Petersburg Conservatory); Ennio Nicotra (founder of the Musin Society); and most recently Gustav Meier and JoAnn Falletta at the Conductor’s Institute Richmond Symphony Masterclass.

Woodbridge was recently honored by the Penn State School of Music with their Distinguished Alumni award for his work with youth orchestras, including the Hershey High School Symphony Orchestra, a 110-member orchestra that won a performance spot at the PMEA All-State Conference in April 2010. He was also the Music Director and Conductor of the Wednesday Club Youth Orchestra (Harrisburg, PA) from 2000-2007, a highly selective string orchestra that had the distinct honor of performing with fiddler Mark O’Connor on two separate tours to the Harrisburg area. In 2010, Mr. Woodbridge was named a Conducting Fellow with the Allentown Symphony by their Music Director, Diane Wittry.

Previous guest conducting engagements include the York Symphony (PA), the PMEA Region IV-V State Orchestra Festival, the Lebanon Valley College-Community Orchestra, and the Messiah College Orchestra. Mr. Woodbridge lives in Harrisburg, PA with his wife Heather and their two children Delaney and Liam..

 

Cary Burkett

CARY BURKETT (Librettist and Narrator)

Cary Burkett received a BFA degree in Theatre from the University of Texas, and has worked in numerous regional theatres, dinner theatres, summer stock and touring companies across the country. Some of his roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, and John Adams in 1776. He lived for several years in New York City, where in addition to performing in Off-Broadway productions he worked as a writer and editor for DC Comics and as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics and Red Circle Comics. He has chronicled the adventures of such heroes as Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man. He created his own character, Nemesis, for DC Comics.

He is also the creator and writer of a series of radio drama productions called Sherlock Bach and the Cryptic Composers. With composer Allan Krantz he created a musical piece based on this character performed at Music At Gretna, titled A Cryptic Composition.

He is currently the host and producer for the morning Classical Air program on witf, 89.5, heard weekdays from 10-1. He also produces a regular witf radio feature on the arts in the region called The Creative Zone.

 

Lewis Folden

LEWIS FOLDEN (Scenic Designer)

The versatility of Folden’s work is seen in the broad range of his accomplishments. He has designed for the Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, and Washington ballets; and has a long history of contemporary work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He has also designed for many regional theatres and operas including Washington’s Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, and the Kennedy Center; Philadelphia’s Arden, Freedom, and People’s Light Theatres; Buffalo’s Studio Arena; The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, and more. Past productions have been seen off-Broadway and London. Folden has designed world premieres of plays by Ariel Dorfman, Jules Feiffer, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Richard Greenberg, and Robert Brustein. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

 

Betty Smith

BETTY SMITH (Costume Director)

Betty Smith is in her fifth season as a Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet staff member. She brings more than 29 years of experience—many of those years with the Alabama Ballet, including costume credits for two movie productions, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde and a documentary on the making of Romeo and Juliet. Her creations have been used in many parts of the world by many companies and also in international competitions. Throughout her long association with the DanceAspen Festival, she has worked with numerous dance companies, including Hubbard Street, Ballet West, David Parsons, Miami City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES, Ballet Florida, and the Carlisle Project. She has also worked with Ballet Dallas, the San Antonio Ballet, American Ballet Theatre II, and CPYB on Alan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollo, Hansel & Gretel, and 25 and on Laszlo Berdo’s Peter Pan, Snow White, and Swan Lake. Ms. Smith also has had the pleasure of working with Mikhail Baryshnikov on his One Man Show and Hell’s Kitchen.

While with the Alabama Ballet, Ms. Smith served as costume designer for the Alabama Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, Donizetti Variations, and Serenade, with costumes designed after Karinska. Ms. Smith has served on the staff of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance, the Jillana School, the Alabama Ballet’s Gorham’s Bluff Summer Residency, and the Dance Council of Alabama. Ms. Smith enjoyed teaching costuming at Birmingham Southern University and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. Ms. Smith is listed in the Metropolitan Who’s Who and is a member of the Costume Society of America.

 

JOSH MONROE (Lighting Designer)

Monroe’s design credits include both London’s West End (Thwak at the Peacock Theater) and Off-Broadway (The Sensuous Woman at the Zipper Theater, Bewilderness, starring Bill Bailey, at the 47th Street Theater; Dylan Moran in Monster at the New Village Gate Theater; Graham Norton’s Red Handed at St. Clements Church; and Wigfield at the Lucille Lortel Theater). Additional selected credits include Truth for Sale at the Holland Dance Festival; Winter Explosion for the Alvin Ailey School; Cinderella for Point Park University; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for Alabama Ballet and Dayton Ballet; Link for Kansas City Ballet; George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; Eddie Izzard in Dress to Kill for Home Box Office (Emmy award winner); Eddie Izzard’s Circle 2000 World Tour and Video; Billy Connolly at Town Hall; Margaret Cho in I’m the One That I Want; and Colin Hay in Man at Work.

 

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