The Island Moving Co Board of Directors has experienced a significant expansion this season, thanks to the work of Mary Clare O’Grady’s energetic Governance Committee. At the last meeting, Kristie Feroce, whose background is in finance, and Bill Martin, longtime supporter and Partner for Dance, were welcomed onto the Board. Recently, Kayleigh Melroy, a physical therapist who volunteers to treat our dancers, was voted on. They join seven other new members, who represent expertise in arts administration, real estate, finance and event planning as well as networks in the art world, the sailing community and academia. Since January, Island Moving Co has expanded the board to 20, very happy to welcome Teri Degnan, Mary Kay Koreivo, Kate Bidlack, Martha Parker, Hugh Baertlein, Julie Warburg, Brett McKenzie and Tenley van der Wal. At the November meeting, the Board was also pleased to re-elect our officers: John La Rocca, Chairman, Kelley Coen, Vice Chair, George Furbish, Treasurer and Ellen Barnes, Secretary.
Kayleigh Melroy and Bill Martin at last summer’s Nuit Blanche
This year, in celebration of our 15th year of Nutcracker, we are adding a special students’ schooltime matinee for the second and third graders of the Middletown Public Schools on Wednesday, November 23rd. We will again be welcoming the Pell School third graders to Rosecliff the day before through the generosity of David and Leslie Reed and the Bazarsky Family Foundation. After we leave Rosecliff, we take the Nutcracker magic to our friends at Sandywoods Farm in Tiverton on Sunday, December 4th.
Before Island Moving Company’s Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, IMC will allow the general public to see how the performance comes together, with a Free Open Rehearsal on Friday, November 11 at 12:30pm. Our professional dancers and members of our younger “kids cast” will be rehearsing various sections of the Nutcracker for all to take a sneak peek at. Rehearsal will be finished by 3:00pm.