The Nutcracker

It is hard to describe what it means to be part of Garden City Ballet, and like anything else, it depends on your perspective.

The full Nutcracker season is a gigantic commitment for everyone, not just the dancers. Auditions take place in early September, rehearsals begin immediately and run twelve weekends straight, “tech week” in the theater is demanding, and then we hold six back-to-back performances in December. Expectations for attendance and conduct are set high. Every family is “forced” to volunteer — we simply could not pull off the show without all hands on deck. In truth, the intensity of being in a professional production (like ours!) is not for everyone.

On the flip side, many families return year after year — the memories, friendships, and community make the effort worthwhile! Dancers receive outstanding instruction and learn timeless choreography from one of the most famous classical ballets. Children of all ages have the privilege of wearing exquisite, handmade costumes designed specifically for our production. Amateur dancers of all skill levels have a rare opportunity to be on stage performing to sold-out audiences — even our youngest know where to stand in the wings and when to make their entrance. Professional guest artists engage with and inspire the entire cast. Each of us benefits from being part of something larger than ourselves, and we delight in sharing this magic with others.

We warmly invite new and returning dancers, families, audience members and donors to join with us on the journey. Please reach out with any questions as you peruse our website and learn more about who we are and what we do.

Due to Covid-19, there will be no public performances held in 2020. However, GCB is committed to its dedicated dancers and has come up with a plan that is better than cancelling the season outright.

It is our intention to audition, cast, and rehearse (more or less!) as usual. But instead of performing live in front of an audience, we will tech and then professionally record each variation one by one in the theater, with full costuming and partial sets — to an empty house. (The entire cast will not ever be in the theater at the same time — which sadly means no all cast photo, no final bows, and no cast party this year.) Digital recordings of each individual scene will then be edited into a full-length performance video (available for purchase). This year, GCB will not feature professional guest artists.

The sale of this very special keepsake performance video may help recover a teeny portion of lost revenue from normal ticket sales — we also plan to organize a fundraiser “Save a Seat!” with details to come.

Note: Precautions will be taken at all times to reduce the size of groups, examine traffic patterns, increase sanitizing, and address the overall risk of contracting or transmitting the virus (i.e. requiring face coverings for all rehearsals).

All performances take place in the Montana Theatre, on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. With 535 seats, no center aisle, and plenty of space between rows, this venue provides a comfortable and intimate experience for all audience members.
Flowers - Concessions - Merchandise
GCB operates fundraisers during Nutcracker performance weekend. Flower bouquets (delivered to the dressing room area where individual dancers receive them) are for sale in the lobby. For 2020, we may try to arrange pre-orders online through our Store. Concessions and merchandise are available before the show and through intermission. All proceeds benefit the GCB Scholarship program. Please visit our Committees page for more information.