The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is in its 18th 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 Wednesday, November 27th and conclude, after 16 shows, on Friday, December 6th. Tickets range from $60 to $195 and are available, in limited quantities, at the Company’s website, 

The artistic team of Miki Ohlsen and Danielle Genest direct this 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 for many shows are already limited 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 a Nutcracker school time matinee. The Claiborne Pell Elementary School will send all of its third graders to Rosecliff this year with the sponsorship of The Bazarsky Family Foundation, David & Susan Odland and Randal Poirier, ChFC Financial Planner. 

The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff is presented in partnership with the Preservation Society of Newport County. For tickets for The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, visit or call 401 847-4470. 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen for 36 years, Island Moving Company has produced and presented dances by a diverse group of choreographers, working with musicians, poets, and visual artists. IMC is known for its creative use of unsual venues, creating site specific work at Rosecliff Mansion, Belcourt Castle, The Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, Great Friends Meeting House, Fort Adams, and other notable sites across Newport County.

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Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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