School Show

Note: The 2023 school show is sold out (as of 10/26/23) but schools that are outside of Missoula County can still apply and be added to the waitlist.

Memo to Teachers:  GCB’s process for selecting schools or classes does not include a first come, first serve policy. We aim to maximize the seating chart, ideally finding a combination of classes that fill all 500 seats. In addition to current applications, we also consider those on our wait list who were not selected in a prior year. While our selection process is not fair (i.e. every school or class does not have an equal chance of being chosen, like a true lottery system), it allows us to mix and match classrooms to accommodate as many children as possible. Thank you for your understanding!


As an organization, we believe in the positive power of art to elevate and connect us all. We recognize, however, that not all families are in a position to expose their children to live theater and the performing arts — so GCB made a commitment to provide free admission for 500 (K-5) students to attend The Nutcracker every year. Our matinee School Show alternates between schools in Missoula and schools in surrounding rural areas.

To ensure the maximum number of children attending, the ratio of adult chaperones to students is 1:10. The School Show is held Friday morning of Nutcracker weekend — it is a slightly shortened version of the full-length classical ballet (specifically, the dances of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier are not performed).

Our goal is for as many schools and students to attend as possible, especially from low-income populations. Due to the increasing popularity of this educational opportunity, a wait-list system is in place for schools we are unable to accommodate in any given year.

Since 2006, more than 7,500 students have experienced the timeless beauty and magic of our Nutcracker production. (The School Show was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.)

2023
As of 11.14
Frenchtown Elementary
Ronan Elementary
Desmet School
Garrison Elementary
Woodman School
Clinton Elementary
2022
Jeannette Rankin Elementary
Lewis and Clark Elementary
Lowell Elementary
Paxson Elementary
Rattlesnake Elementary
Russell Elementary
2019
Corvallis Elementary
Dixon Elementary
Florence-Carlton Elementary
Frenchtown Junior High
Garrison Elementary
Lolo Elementary
Potomac Explorers
Stevensville Elementary
Woodman School
2018
Cold Springs Elementary
Gold Creek
Lowell Elementary
Russell Elementary
2017
Clinton Elementary
Corvallis Elementary
Florence Elementary
Lolo Homeschool
Seeley Lake Elementary
Superior Elementary
Trout Creek School
2016
Franklin Elementary
Lowell Elementary
Paxson Elementary
St. Joseph Elementary
Sussex School
2015
Blackfoot Homeschool
Bonner Elementary
Dixon School
Drummond School
Florence School
Lolo Homeschool
Mark James School
Missoula International School
Plains School
Potomac School
Stevensville
Swan Valley Elementary
Trout Creek
Victor Homeschool
2014
Hellgate Elementary
Rattlesnake Elementary
Tracey Campbell Homeschool
Washington Middle School
2013
Bonner Elementary
Charlo Elementary
C.S. Porter Middle School
Dixon Elementary
Frenchtown High School
Garrison Schools
Kalispell Homeschool
St. Joseph Elementary
Swan Valley Elementary
Woodman School
2012
Chief Charlo Elementary
Paxson Elementary
Rattlesnake Elementary
St. Joseph Elementary
Sussex School
2011
Bonner Elementary
Charlo Elementary
Five Valley’s Homeschool
Potomac Elementary
Seeley Lake Elementary
2010
CS Porter Middle School
Lewis & Clark Elementary
Lolo Elementary
Lowell Elementary
St. Joseph Elementary
Target Range
2009
Bonner Elementary
Charlo Elementary
Daton Elementary – Polson
Dixon Elementary
Lolo Elementary
Potomac Elementary
Seeley Lake Elementary
Swan Valley Elementary
2008
Clark Fork School
Cold Springs Elementary
Franklin Elementary
Missoula Homeschool
Lewis & Clark Elementary
Lowell Elementary
Paxson Elementary
Rattlesnake Elementary
Sussex School
Valley Christian School
2007
Bonner Elementary
Charlo Elementary
Dixon Elementary
Lolo Elementary
Swan Valley Elementary
Target Range
Trout Creek Elementary
2006
CS Porter Middle School
Franklin Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Missoula Homeschool
Paxson Elementary