Cultural Partners


Pennsylvania Regional Ballet

Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, established in 1988, is Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art’s Resident Ballet Company.  PRB is recognized in the community and throughout the Northeast region as a leader in the training of aspiring young dancers, teachers and choreographers.

Located across the river from downtown Harrisburg, the school’s progressive curriculum and diverse repertoire provide professional training in classical ballet, modern, tap and jazz relative to musical theatre, and contemporary ballet style, introduced through the company’s repertoire. International master teachers and choreographers are retained throughout the dancer’s training, offering valuable information and experiences to the student’s education.

The school and pre-professional company’s success has been through its commitment to provide professional dance training, nurture individual artistic quality and versatility, along with the faculty’s dedication to the emotional and physical well-being of the students.

The quality of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s programs is reflected in the accomplishments of its graduates. Our alumni are currently attending prestigious university dance programs, performing with professional companies, choreographing, teaching and serving as artistic directors.

The commitment of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet’s faculty and board of directors is to provide a center for professional training, guidance and education in classical ballet to its students, the community and the Central Pennsylvania region.


Gamut Theater Group

Gamut Theatre Group is the combined company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, whose mission is to tell classic stories in new and exciting ways for the entertainment and enlightenment of children and adults alike.

Each summer, Harrisburg Shakespeare Company presents Shakespeare in the Woods, two evenings of it’s highly acclaimed educational outreach productions on the DeSoto Amphitheater Stage at the Ned Smith Center. These performances are “bring your own price” where any size donation will grant guests admission.

Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre is a staple of children’s entertainment in Central PA, and of Ned Smith Center’s annual Children’s Series in the fall.

Ned Smith Center