Celebrating Over 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! 


2015 Nutcracker Auditions

Mark your calendars for September 18 and 19.

Auditions this year will take place at Ballet Arts Academy (not the University of Montana).

CLICK HERE for audition schedule.

To register online, go to Our Season, The Nutcracker, then Auditions.


Very Important Kick-Off Meeting!

Friday, September 25 (6:00-7:00 pm)

At the beginning of the season, we will hold an informational meeting that is mandatory for all new parents and strongly encouraged for returning parents, choreographers, directors, board members and adult cast members (dancers under the age of 18 are not required to attend).


Please mark your calendars. The meeting will be held at Ballet Arts Academy. It is our only chance to be together until we move into the theater in December. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces, and don't forget to bring your checkbook -- all performance fees are due at this time!



2015 Summer Workshop

CLICK HERE for schedule.


2015 Performances

Friday, December 18

10:00am School Show (closed to the general public)

7:30pm Evening


Saturday, December 19

2:00pm Matinee

7:30pm Evening


Sunday, December 20

2:00pm Matinee

6:00pm Evening


We Love Our Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of holding one low-cost matinee school performance for Missoula and surrounding area K-8 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 $10,000 each year. Thank you for making holiday dreams come true! (For more information, please visit 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

Ballet Arts Academy (rehearsal studios)

Bayern Brewery (product for benefit concert)

b.e. At Home Interiors & Garden (vintage props)

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)

Jason Gutzmer (DVD production discount)

Habitat Floral Studio (performance bouquets)

Hit Man Mobile DJ (Cast Party music)

Missoula Textile Services (costume cleaning)

Andrea Peterman (singing for benefit concert)

Pyramid Printing (printing)

Reed's Caramels (product for gift baskets)

Rococo Bridal and Tux (Party Scene tuxedos)

Sleep City (truck for moving sets)

Wheat Montana (gift certificates for gift baskets)


Be Part of GCB History and Sponsor a Tutu

CLICK HERE for details!


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).


Performance Location

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.)