Ten Things you Probably Didn’t Know About the Newport Nutcracker

Island Moving Company’s: The Nutcracker
Ten Things you Probably Didn’t Know

By Cecilia Lacouture

The Nutcracker show is traditionally put on by the Island Moving Company every year, and it is thought to be just as enchanting as The Boston Ballet Nutcracker. The show encompasses beautiful dancing and costuming. Dancers rehearse for the show starting in September, and are hard at work leaning their parts. Working behind the scenes, there are many people who help to work on different aspects of the show. From costume design, to parents helping with sets, the company is always busy working toward these performances. There are around one hundred kids that are involved with the Nutcracker, as well as older kids as well.  Eileen Stoops has spent fourteen to fifteen years working to prepare the costuming for the Island Moving Companys’ dancers. In her opinion there is always changes going on with costuming and sets. Yet, despite the changes that occur; the show always comes out beautifully.  The location of the show creates a unique type of setting. In the Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue
Avenue it creates a regal type of staging for the dancers’ christmastime show.

Ten things you probably didn’t know about the nutcracker:

Fun Facts

  1. The character who is traditionally named Clara in the Nutcracker story is named Tess in
    IMC’s production- after Theresa Oelrichs, who had the home constructed in 1899.
  2. The architect Stanford White designed Rosecliff based on the Grand Trianon of Versailles.
  3. The Island Moving company incorporates the history of Rosecliff into its own production.
  4. Marius Petipa and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky later collaborated to create the ballet from
    Dumas’ version (which was translated from the original into french) – and premiered it in St.
    Petersburg, Russia in 1892.
  5. There are 95 costumes featured on stage
  6. 13 company dancers and 90 kids dance in the show
  7. The first act of the performance is a journey where guests are guided from room to room of the
    mansion, in the second act guests are seated at tables in the ballroom.
  8. Tara’s costume is made out of a fabric called silessence, which is made mostly out of polyester.
  9. Some of the costumes that are used now, have been used in almost all of the past performances
  10. Eileen Stoops has been making the costumes for The Island Moving Company for 14 to
    15 years.

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