The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the book entitled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. The legendary choreographer Marius Petipa commissioned Tchaikovsky to write the music for the Nutcracker Ballet in 1891. The following year, the very first performance of the Nutcracker appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia, the home of the Kirov Ballet. In the United States, the first full-length Nutcracker was choreographed by W. Christensen and performed by the San Francisco Ballet in 1944. Today the Nutcracker is an annual holiday tradition, performed by ballet companies large and small all over the world.

MBC’s production of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is one of the largest artistic collaborations in the region featuring the work of accomplished dancers, local and national level choreographers, guest artists, live musicians, seasoned stage technicians, lighting and costume designers and a host of dedicated volunteers. Audiences will delight in new and exciting choreography and theatrical elements.

Performance Schedule

For the health and safety of everyone involved in our productions, Montana Ballet Company will follow all Willson Auditorium COVID safety protocols for our live performances. Face masks are required for patrons in all areas of the Willson Auditorium. This safety protocol is subject to change as policies are reviewed regularly in accordance with public health recommendations.  If you require special accommodation for medical/disability, please call MBC at 406.582.8702.
Please visit this page before attending your next MBC performance for the Willson Auditorium’s most current guidelines.
Updated 10/29/21


DECEMBER 4 – 2pm & 7pm

DECEMBER 5 – 2pm

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