Preserving Missoula's Nutcracker for our Children and Community...and Celebrating our 35th Anniversary

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!


1984 The Nutcracker, Party Scene


Tickets On Sale - October 21 Through Griz Tix

See The Nutcracker, Tickets for more information. 


Thank You to our Growing List of Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of sponsoring a free school performance (K - 8th grade) for children who might not otherwise have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of providing a matinee performance for 500 kids in Missoula and surrounding rural areas, we reach out to our community and raise funds each year. GCB is grateful to our donors who make holiday dreams come true! (For more information, please visit our Fundraising page.)


We Are Grateful to Our In-Kind Partners:

Ballet Arts Academy

Bitterroot Flower Shop

Black Coffee Roasting Company

Black Cat Bake Shop

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

Mike's Print and Copy

One Eleven Boutique

Rococo Bridal and Tuxedo

Runners Edge

Providence St. Patrick Hospital


And, Extend a Heartfelt Thanks to Our Donors:

Advanced Technology Group / Cognizant

Alpine Physical Therapy

Behring Made

Bitterroot Performing Arts Council

Blackfoot Communications

Bob King State Farm Insurance Agency

Bob's Sew Vac Center

Boyce Lumber

Boyle, Deveny & Meyer PC

Children's Dentistry of the Rockies

Clearwater Credit Union

Envision Eyecare

Felton Dental Care

Dr. Jill K. Frazier

Julie Gardner Properties

Hilary Garrett

Good Food Store

International Heart Institute 

Knife River

Les Schwab Tire Centers

Gary G. Marsh

Mismo Gymnastics / On Center Performing Arts

Missoula Bone and Joint

Missoula Electric Cooperative

Montana Trout Outfitters

Network for Good

NorthWestern Energy

Payne West Insurance

RBC Wealth Management

Reep, Bell, Laird & Jasper, P.C.

Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions

SG Long Financial

Southgate Mall

Stockman Bank

Carl Thornblade MD, Allergist

TrailWest Bank

Twin Cranes Dental Group

The Women's Club Health and Fitness Center

Union Club Bar and Grill

Juston West

Worden Thane P.C.


Community Giving Partners:

Last but certainly not least, GCB is lucky to participate in and benefit from the following programs — thank you to all of these amazing local businesses!

Conflux Brewing Company - Pint Night

Dram Shop Central - Community Hand Up

KettleHouse Northside Community UNite

Lolo Peak Brewery - Pint Night

Montgomery Distillery - Moscow Monday

Panda Express

Tamarack Brewing Company - November Community Partner


Missoula Gives

Garden City Ballet took part in this online crowdfunding event (May 2-3) and raised $7635! We received donations online from 30 individuals (scroll down for listing), and collected over $100 from folks strolling the avenue on First Friday. We attribute an anonymous donor match for our tremendous success. Once we hit our organization's goal of $3500, we received a matching donation of $3500! There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel.


Mother Ginger and two Gingersnaps entertained First Friday crowds in front of One Eleven Boutique on Higgins Ave. Thank you to One Eleven Owner, Paige Livingston, for hosting our table! And, thank you to each of our donors for continuing to support The Nutcracker. We'll be reinvesting these funds to rebuild the hoop skirt and create a new costume for Mother Ginger, as well as redesigning costumes for the wee Snaps!




A Round of Applause for Missoula Gives Donors!

Rebecca Belsom

Peyton Size

Julie Gardner

Angela Harrington

Deborah Gass

Shannon Farnes

Susan Tucker

Jessica Sebold-Kagol

Melissa and John Hart

Jes Mullette

Dady Family

Kate and George Ybarra

Kathleen Ort

Elizabeth and Chris Johns

Talla Gass

Drum Coffee

Lori Stevens

Thea Goodwin

Stergios Family

Bonnie and Chris Smith

Julie Fogarty

Karen Gookin

Kerry Haney

Elena Furrow and Robert Headley

Katie Albritton

Loreen Pettit

Caroline Kurz

And, thanks to our Anonymous donors, too!


Nutcracker Photo Gallery

GCB has posted years of photos online. The gallery is password-protected (dream). Digital, high-resolution downloads are available for purchase ($2 each). Click on the square, black "button" to the left (Enter Photo Gallery) and enjoy the many memories!