The University of Iowa

Amid whirring power drills and helmet-wearing construction workers, Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City opened its nearly finished doors to announce something that will soon be twirling across its stage: a new production of “The Nutcracker” ballet.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, media members were welcomed to the stage in Hancher’s sparkling new auditorium weeks in advance of June 1, the day construction on the $176 million project is slated to be complete.

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Des Moines Register