Celebrating 31 Years ...
Garden City Ballet (GCB) is the home of Missoula's very own production of The Nutcracker. We proudly offer this holiday tradition and are lucky to work with outstanding performers and their families, as well as exceptional teachers, choreographers and guest artists from across the region and country. GCB does not operate its own dance studio. Instead, we invite all dancers, regardless of studio affiliation, to audition for what has become a treasured community event!
OPEN AUDITIONS - September 9 and 10
Note: All rehearsals during "tech week" in December are required. Please clear any school commitment (band, choir, play, orchestra, holiday party, etc.) as soon as you return to school in September. Please don't wait until December to communicate your Nutcracker obligations.
CLICK HERE to download audition schedule. Then go to "Our Season, The Nutcracker, Auditions" to register online.
ALERT - New Audition Requirements
Nutcracker cast of nearly 150 performers was a logistical and artistic
challenge. We did not have enough costumes, or roles, or space in the
dressing rooms, or space on stage to some degree. While it was a
fantastic season in so many ways, the post-production survey feedback
and general opinion of the artistic staff has led to the following
policy changes for 2016:
The minimum audition age has been raised from six to (7) seven years old (by September 10, 2016).
All dancers (except adults in the Party Scene) are required to be enrolled in ballet class at one of the local, or surrounding area, dance studios or the University of Montana. This will apply to all boys and girls.
We appreciate your understanding and hope that these new audition requirements make a positive difference for everyone involved with The Nutcracker.
2016 Performance Dates - Mark Your Calendar!
December 16, 17, 18
Raising Funds for the School Show
GCB has a proud tradition of holding a low-cost matinee school performance for Missoula and surrounding area K - 8th grade children who might not otherwise have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of this performance, we reach out to our community and raise funds each year. GCB is grateful to our community who makes holiday dreams come true! (For more information, please visit our Fundraising page.)
Thank You 2015 Donors!
Choreographer's Council ($3000 - $4999)
Top Hat Lounge / Wilma Theater
Dancer's Club ($2000 - $2999)
Principal ($1000 - $1999)
Max & Betty Swanson Foundation
Soloist ($500 - $999)
Advanced Technology Group
Alpine Physical Therapy
Children's Dentistry of the Rockies
Christian, Samson & Jones
First Interstate Bank
Garlington, Lohn & Robinson
Good Food Store
Julie Gardner Properties, ERA Lambros Real Estate
Missoula Bone & Joint
Montana Mindfulness Institute
On Center Performing Arts
Red Phone Solutions
Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions
Corps De Ballet ($100 - $499)
Garden City Funeral Home
Deborah & Tod Gass
Nancy & Ron Kurz
Les Schwab Tire Centers
Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Priske Realty & Development, P.C.
Republic Services, Inc.
Colleen & Matt Rosbarsky
Bonnie & Chris Smith
Subaru of Missoula
Treasure State Bank
Twin Cranes Dental Group
Barre (up to $99)
Ballet Arts Academy (rehearsal studios)
b.e. At Home Interiors & Garden (vintage props)
DoubleTree by Hilton (lodging for guest artists)
Jason Gutzmer (DVD production discount)
Habitat Floral Studio (performance bouquets)
Missoula Textile Services (costume cleaning)
Pierce Flooring rug runners
Rococo Formal & Bridal Wear (Party Scene tuxedos)
Sleep City (truck for moving sets and gift certificate)
Lee Pielaet & Lori Stevens (airline miles for guest artists)
CLICK HERE to download a low res PDF file.
University of Montana Campus
(CLICK HERE for map. The Montana Theater is right near the Adams Center, where 6th Ave ends on campus.)