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


2019 Call for Choreographers - Deadline April 15

CLICK HERE  - Cover Letter

CLICK HERE - Application


2019 Scholarship Program - Deadline May 1

CLICK HERE for application and instructions.


2019 Audition Boot Camp

CLICK HERE for registration form. Early registration ends June 30.


Open Auditions - The Nutcracker

Dates:  September 6 and 7, 2019

Location:  Ballet Arts Academy

Times:  CLICK HERE to download the schedule.

See "Nutcracker" and "Auditions" page for more information. 

Online registration appreciated by September 1. Onsite registration (walk in) also accepted.


2019 Performance Dates

Friday, December 13 (10:00am) - Free School Show - closed to public

Friday, December 13 (7:30 pm) - Opening Night

Saturday, December 14 (2:00 pm matinee)

Saturday, December 14 (7:30 pm evening)

Sunday, December 15 (2:00 pm matinee)

Sunday, December 15 (6:00 pm evening)


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!


Thank You to our 2018 Donors!

GCB has a proud tradition of funding a school performance (K - 8th grade) for Missoula and surrounding area children who might not otherwise have exposure to classical ballet and the performing arts. To offset the cost of providing a free show for 500 kids, 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.)

Isabella Adams

Advanced Imaging

Advanced Technology Group

Alpine Physical Therapy

Michele Antonioli

Ballet Arts Academy*

Bitterroot Performing Arts Council

Boyle, Deveny & Meyer, P.C. 

Jordan & Aric Burt

Caffe Dolce

Caras Property Management

Jessica Cardiff

Children's Dentistry of the Rockies

The Dady Family

DeMarois Buick GMC Truck

Dennehy Orthodontics 

Dental West Network

Doubletree by Hilton*

Draught Works

Drum Coffee

Enlyten Spa/Float

Envision Eyecare

First Interstate Bank

First Security Bank

Flanagan Motors Mazda

The Fogarty Family

Exie France

Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory

Garden City Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Julie Gardner Properties (tickets donated to Soft Landings)

Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP

Talla, Deb and Tod Gass

The Gibbons Family

Good Food Store

Karen and Larry Gookin

Granite Peak Orthodontics

Habitat Floral Studios*

Kasey Harbine

Angela Harrington

Elena Furrow & Rob Headley

Hospice Care Foundation

International Heart Institute

Kenworthy Orthodontics

The Khodor Family

Bob King - State Farm Insurance Agency

Knife River

Nancy & Ron Kurz

Wanda Lamm

Les Schwab Tires

Penny Lilly

Logjam Presents

Max & Betty Swanson Foundation

Meng Dentistry

Mike's Copy Stop

Cora Miller

Mismo Gymnastics

Missoula Anesthesiology, P.C.

Missoula Bone & Joint

Missoula Community Foundation

Missoula Dental Arts

Missoula Pediatric Dentistry

Montana Trout Outfitters 

Morgenroth Music

Opal Murray

Charlotte Nelson

Sylvie Nelson

Northwest Plastic Surgery

NorthWestern Energy (tickets donated to Youth Homes)

Olsen and Peters Dental Group

On Center Performing Arts

Payne West Insurance

PCI Electrical

Loreen Pettit

Lee Pielaet & Lori Stevens

Poteet Construction

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

Republic Services, Inc.

The Ristau Family

Rocky Mountain Surgical Solutions

Rococo Formal and Bridal Wear*

Tess, Colleen and Matt Rosbarsky

Dr. Shelby Dentistry

Show Tyme Academy

The Size Family

Bonnie & Chris Smith

Southgate Mall (tickets donated to Soft Landings)

Stockman Bank

St. Patrick Hospital*

The Special K's

Carl Thornblade MD, Allergist 

TrailWest Bank

Twin Cranes Dental Group


The West Family

Juston West

Western Montana Clinic

(*in-kind donor)