For every show on Hersheypark's Music Box Theatre stage, Britnee Byers looks forward to the crowd of new faces before her.

Many are there to enjoy the Livewire! show she's part of, which includes numbers with a rock 'n' roll feel.

But Byers also knows there's likely at least one person whose opinion about dance could be improved.

"Obviously, I love to do it," Byers said of her dancing, which she started at age 3. "But there's always that one person in the audience that you can change their outlook on performing."

Byers, of Jefferson Borough, landed her first job out of college with the amusement park's newest show, and now has the chance to share her talents with hundreds of people who visit the park each day.

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Performances: The Livewire! cast and crew of 19 people put on four shows a day, seven days a week, in the park's largest theater, which holds up to 857 people for each 30-minute show, said Dan Fisher, the park's area manager of resident entertainment.

Livewire! began this year to add to the diversity of the park's 15 shows, which include singing performances, juggling shows and one in the park's aquatheater.

"We try to have something for everyone in the family," Fisher said.

Dance: Byers, 22, a 2010 Susquehannock High School alumna, graduated from Oklahoma City University on May 10 and started rehearsing with the Livewire! cast three days later.


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The only form of dance Byers won't do is hip-hop, she said. But the rest of it is her passion, even though it's also her job.

"I don't consider it a job at all," Byers said. "It's a getaway for me."

And performing in the park isn't new to Byers, even though it's her first contract. When she was younger, Byers performed once each summer in the park with her mother's dance company, the Hanover Children's Ballet Co.

Byers' talent was the baseline for her getting the job after a February audition, Fisher said. But her passion for performing is a characteristic the casts need to make the Hersheypark shows what they are. The best performers are those who will use the repetition of the shows to improve their own skills and the caliber of show, he added.

"Even if she's doing it for the 300th time, we have guests who are seeing it for the first time," Fisher said.

The Livewire! performance, like every show in the park, is free with the price of admission. For more information about how to see Byers in action, visit http://www.hersheypark.com/shows/resident_shows.php.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.