BOZEMAN – Montana Ballet Company’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 choreographers, guest artists, live musicians, seasoned stage technicians, lighting and costume designers, and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The 29th annual event, directed by Elizabeth DeFanti and Amy Lynn Stoddart, will be on Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Willson Auditorium in Bozeman. A Dec. 1 children’s matinee show is free for children under 12.

World-renowned guest artists Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys will return to perform this year. Principal dancers with Festival Ballet Providence, both have also danced professionally with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet. They will share the stage with MBC company dancers, and more than 50 dancers from the community. Also featured in the cast is Soren Kisiel, co-director of Broad Comedy, who will once again perform the role of Drosselmeyer.

The Bozeman Symphony will accompany the ballet live, conducted by guest artist Maestro Kyle Pickett, Music Director of Juneau and North State symphonies.

Prior to the shows, on Nov. 18, MBC will host ‘High Tea with Clara’ and many characters from The Nutcracker. The event, held at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Baxter Ballroom, will include performance excerpts from the show. For reservations, call the Montana Ballet Company at (406) 582-8702.

For tickets contact the Bozeman Symphony at (406) 585-9774 or visit bozemansymphony.org. All seating is reserved.