Celebrating 30 years of The Nutcracker!

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! 


Where's the Beef?

Thank you to Dana and Doug Kopp (owners of Kopp Natural Grass Fed Beef, Turah, MT) for their generous donation of a 1/2 steer, which raised $925 through an auction!


Winning Bid #1:  $475

Winning Bid #2:  $450


Thanks to Caffe Dolce!

Our wonderful fundraising dinner raised $685 for GCB - fabulous! Thanks everyone for coming!


Are you a GCB Alumni?

CLICK HERE for a  Alumni Letter.


GCB Poster

CLICK HERE to download the 2014 poster (high resolution).

CLICK HERE to download the 2014 poster (low resolution).


GCB is excited to announce...

This year's professional guests will be Traci Finch (New Chamber Ballet, New York) and Jorge Andres Villarini (Harlem Theatre of Dance, New York). We look forward to meeting them in December!


We Love Our Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of holding one low-cost matinee school performance for Missoula and outlying area children who might otherwise not have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of this performance, we reach out to our community and raise $10,000 each year. Our first donation of 2014 has come in from Big Sky Medical - thank you! We hope you will join them, and join us, in making holiday dreams come true. (For more information, go to our Fundraising page.)


2014 Donors

Choreographer's Council ($3000 - $4999)

Top Hat Lounge


Dancer's Club ($2000 - $2999)

Southgate Mall


Principal ($1000 - $1999)

First Interstate Bank

Max and Betty Swanson Foundation


Soloist ($500 - $999)

Advanced Imaging

Advanced Technology Group

Alpine Physical Therapy

Caffe Dolce

Christian, Samson & Jones


Dennehy Orthodontics

First Security Bank

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Good Food Store

Kopp Natural Grass Fed Beef

Missoula Pediatric Dentistry

On Center Performing Arts

Peak Construction / PCI Electrical

Poteet Construction, Inc. — Deb Poteet & Lara Dorman

Red Phone Solutions

Sussex School

Title Services

Western Montana Clinic


Corps De Ballet ($100 - $499)

Badlander Catering

Big Sky Medical

Capital Family Mortgage

Susan & Michael Curtis

D.A. Davidson & Co.

Good Nutrition Ideas

Melissa & John Hart

Hellgate Canyon Storage

Insured Titles

Jeffries Court Reporting

Mismo Gymnastics

Montana Rail Link

Morgenroth Music

Olsen Orthodontics

Lee Pielaet& Lori Stevens

Priske Realty & Development, PC

Republic Services / Allied Waste

Bonnie & Chris Smith

Twin Cranes Dental Group

Joan & Bill Wilson


Barre (up to $99)

Michele & Ted Antonioli

Alexandria Campbell

Gini & Rich Erving

Deborah & Tod Gass

Judith Gudgel

Kristi & John Havlik

Joanna & Michael Hayes

Shelly Reisig & Peter Lambros

Victoria Wieber Lenihan

Carol Orr

Colleen & Matt Rosbarsky

Yibi & Brad Smith

Amy Ragsdale & Peter Stark

Ann & Jeffrey Wiltse


In-Kind Donors

Andrea Peterman (singing for benefit concert)

Ballet Arts Academy (rehearsal studios)

Bayern Brewery (product for benefit concert)

Big Dipper (gift certificates for gift baskets)

Black Coffee Roasting Company (product for gift baskets)

DoubleTree by Hilton (lodging for guest artists)

Frontier Airlines (round-trip airfare for guest artists)

Habitat Floral Studio (performance bouquets)

The Hit Man (Cast Party DJ)

Missoula Textile Services (costume cleaning)

Reed's Caramels (product for gift baskets)

Rococo Bridal and Tux (Party Scene tuxedos)

Sparr's Towing (trucks for moving sets)

Wheat Montana (gift certificates for gift baskets)




Thank You!

Black Coffee Roasting Company and Reed's Caramels for supporting GCB dancers that depend on the Performance Fee Fundraiser!


Would You Like to Sponsor a Tutu?

CLICK HERE for details!



Tickets are on sale through Griz Tix. See Our Season - Nutcracker - Tickets for more information.


2014 Performances

Friday, December 12

10:00am School Show (closed to public)

7:30pm Evening


Saturday, December 13

2:00pm Matinee

7:30pm Evening


Sunday, December 14

2:00pm Matinee

6:00pm Evening



Montana Theater

University of Montana Campus

Missoula, Montana


(CLICK HERE for map. The Montana Theater is right near the Adams Center, where 6th Ave ends on campus.)





GCB auditioned over 125 performers yesterday and we thank you for coming! The GCB Board is also grateful to Charlene White of Helena for adjudicating the audition process, along with choreographers Heather Adams, Marie Barnett, Jordan Dehline, Colleen Rosbarsky and Lindsey Schwickert. And, hats off to Artistic Director, Michele Antonioli, for overseeing the entire day!


Fundraising Program to Assist Families with Performance Fee

CLICK HERE for instructions.

CLICK HERE for the sales form (keep this so you know who placed orders).

CLICK HERE for the accounting form (turn this in to GCB with payment).


Final Cast

The final cast is online (Our Season, The Nutcracker, Cast). All questions and concerns related to casting should be sent directly to Michele Antonioli: director@gardencityballet.org