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

Last year's 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)

Southgate Mall


Principal ($1000 - $1999)

Northwestern Energy

Max & Betty Swanson Foundation


Soloist ($500 - $999)

Advanced Imaging

Advanced Technology Group

Alpine Physical Therapy


Apollo Mechanical

Caffe Dolce

Children's Dentistry of the Rockies

Christian, Samson & Jones


Dennehy Orthodontics

First Interstate Bank

First Security Bank

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson

Good Food Store

Julie Gardner Properties, ERA Lambros Real Estate

Mismo Gymnastics

Missoula Bone & Joint

Montana Mindfulness Institute

On Center Performing Arts

PCI Electrical

Red Phone Solutions

Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions

Vemco, Inc.

Western Montana Clinic


Corps De Ballet ($100 - $499)

Melody Barnes LCSW, LAC, Inc.

Garden City Funeral Home

Deborah & Tod Gass

Boone Karlberg

Nancy & Ron Kurz

Les Schwab Tire Centers

Missoula Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Morgenroth Music

Olsen Orthodontics

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) 

Norwest Delivery

Juston West


In-Kind Donors

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)



2015 Poster

CLICK HERE to download a low res PDF file.






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.)