'Newport Nutcracker' returns to Rosecliff for 15 performances

Posted 11/22/22

Island Moving Company, Newport’s contemporary ballet, will be performing 15 shows of its 21st annual production of “A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.” Due to the unique nature of …

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'Newport Nutcracker' returns to Rosecliff for 15 performances

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Island Moving Company, Newport’s contemporary ballet, will be performing 15 shows of its 21st annual production of “A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff.” Due to the unique nature of the experience, production capacity is limited to 100 guests per performance. This series has historically sold out.

There are 15 performances that run Nov. 23, Nov. 25 to 27, and Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. Information and tickets are available at www.islandmovingco.org.

Described by the Boston Globe as “Brimming with the enchantment and good cheer of the season … and … exuberant dancing … marked by breathtaking lifts and leaps…” IMC’s production returns to Newport’s most romantic mansion. Multiple rooms of the historic 1899 landmark are transformed to become a Victorian Era holiday party and a sparkling, snowy dreamland.

IMC’s Artistic Director, Danielle Genest, has refreshed key scenes and choreography for this year’s production, including a return to expanded children’s roles that join the Holly & Ivy casts of IMC’s professional company. “We are delighted to once again include young dancers in our production, something that the pandemic limited in the past year,” said Peter Bramante, IMC’s executive director. “Audiences really appreciate seeing the younger characters, and they serve to enhance the magical quality of the experience.”

Audiences are at the center of A Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. The first act is an immersive experience, designed so that audiences follow the action of the scenes — and the dancers — as they are guided by IMC staff to move from room to room inside the Rosecliff mansion. “Each audience member actually gets to feel as though they are one of the guests in the home, greeting the characters in the Grand Staircase, experiencing the party unfolding in the Grand Ballroom, and delighting at the sight of magical toys as they come to life in the spectacular Dining Room,” said Danielle Genest.

The Grand Ballroom is transformed into a magical dreamland for the second act, where audiences take in in performances of Waltz of the Flowers, Chocolate, Tea, Trepak & Coffee dances, and of course, the stunning Grand Pas de Deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

All audience members are seated at tables for the second act.

Performance times vary by date. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to: www.islandmovingco.org

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