We have all heard of or seen The Nutcracker and multiple interpretations of it throughout our lives thus far. Luckily for those in RI during this holiday season, there are plenty of options for holiday ballet productions. Whether you are looking for an interactive Nutcracker experience at Rosecliff or something different like Coppelia, Motif has got you covered.
The Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff, presented by Island Moving Company, follows (literally) the main protagonist through the rooms of the mansion as she celebrates the holiday season with her family, battles with the Mouse King, dances with the Snow Queen, and travels with her Nutcracker to the magical land of sweets. During the first act guests will trail alongside the story in their own journey through the mansion, then be led to the grand ballroom for the second act. This interactive experience will run Nov 23, 25 – 27, and Nov 29 – Dec 2 at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, RI. More information and tickets at islandmovingco.org .
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Providence Ballet Theater brings back their classic show, inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s well-known poem. The stage is transformed with visions of Sugar Plums, swirling snow, and a magical appearance by jolly St. Nick! A cast of professional dancers and local children create a fun-filled holiday performance for all to enjoy. The show will run for a limited time – Dec 16 and 17 at The Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts’ Roberts Hall at Rhode Island College in PVD. To learn more about the show visit providenceballet.com
The Nutcracker by Festival Ballet, presented at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, will follow the classic story of the old-fashioned wooden toy. If you’re looking for more of the traditional magic of the Nutcracker experience you will find this production delivering all the time-honored beats and spectacle. This classic tale runs from Dec 16 – 24, tickets can be purchased through festivalballetprovidence.org
Last but certainly not least, Coppelia performed by the State Ballet of Rhode Island. A less traditional holiday show, it still contains all of the magic and fun you are looking for this season. This show will follow an enchanting love story with dancing dolls and a dash of magic. The ballet runs in Cranston at the Historic Park Theater and Event Center. It will only be here for two days: Nov 25 and 26. Learn more at stateballet.com
We hope you’re able to find your holiday dance fix as you swirl through these diverse but classic ballet experiences.