Island Moving Company’s Glen Lewis as “Trepak” in the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. Photo: Thomas Palmer

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is in its 16th season, with a cast of Island Moving Company dancers, guest artists and children from studios throughout Rhode Island.  Performances at Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, begin on Friday, November 24th and conclude, after 14 shows, on Friday, December 1st.  Tickets range from $100 to $55 and are available, in limited quantities, at the Company’s website,

With three new dancers joining the Company this fall, Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen has added some surprises to the production, which moves through the magnificent rooms of Newport’s most romantic mansion.  Audience members are surrounded by a flurry of white tutus and snowflakes in Rosecliff’s grand ballroom, embroiled in the mighty battle between mice and soldiers on its sweetheart staircase and feel like honored guests at the family Christmas party in Rosecliff’s elegant dining room.

Tickets to many shows are already sold out but there are opportunities during the week of Nutcracker to see what Alastair Macaulay of the New York Times hailed as “delightful.”

IMC will also present two Nutcracker schooltime matinees.  The Claiborne Pell School will send all of its third-graders to Rosecliff this year with the sponsorship of David and Susan Odland..  Middletown schoolchildren will also attend a special performance of the Nutcracker the day before Thanksgiving.

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is presented in partnership with the Preservation Society of Newport County.  Season sponsors of the Island Moving Co. include John and Marisa La Rocca, Cynthia Sinclair, David and Sally Ryan and Newport Harbor Corporation.  For information about the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, visit or call 401 847-4470.