The Nutcracker at Rosecliff

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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.

WHERE: Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Dec. 1
COST: $55-$100
MORE INFO: 401/847-4470; islandmovingco.org

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