Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks

Performed every Thanksgiving weekend at the Helena Civic Center, this community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the classic holiday tale features music the likes of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin, along with a roaring Harley Davidson on stage! One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles as audiences are taken on a thrilling journey through the decades, including the roaring 20’s, a sock hop of the 50’s, and flower power of the 60’s.

Artistically blending beginners to professionals in creative partnerships and energetic collaborations this powerful performance seamlessly weaves people of all abilities, including those dancing from their wheelchairs, into the fabric of the choreography.

Exhilarated audiences have experienced heart-warming joy and tears of inspiration upon witnessing the diversity of the cast, the energy leaping out from the stage, and the visions of unlimited possibilities.

Originating in Albuquerque, NM, and performed there for 20 years, Helena now holds the prestigious honor of being the only location where this innovative production is staged.

A funky twist on a holiday classic

Logo graphics for Shira Greenberg's Nutcracker on the Rocks

Created by Shira Greenberg, Artistic Director of Keshet Dance Company  in Albuquerque, NM, this unique community based, rock-n-roll rendition of the traditional Nutcracker features the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and more, while taking audiences on thrilling journey through the decades.  One exciting scene after another showcases a unique and energetic fusion of dancers and dance styles, including its particularly inspiring Snow Scene, highlighting creative partnerships and collaborations between dancers of all abilities, including several with disabilities dancing from their wheelchairs or using other forms of assistance.


Open auditions for Nutcracker on the Rocks take place Labor Day week in early September, welcoming beginners to professionals, ages 7-adult, of all abilities. Audition sign-ups begin mid August.  Watch for more details to come!


Premiered in Helena in 2013, this favorite is performed annually over Thanksgiving weekend at the Helena Civic Center.

The Nutcracker and the Rat Queen from Nutcracker on the Rocks leap with one leg behind them as they face off for their first battle.
A group of long-haired, pattern clad 60's folk reach their hands to the sky in a fading spotlight
Madame Drosselmeier rides on to stage during the party scene on the back of a black Harley Davidson

Thanks to our Generous 2019 Sponsors

Full Season Sponsors

The Floor Show
Intrepid Credit Union
Lewis and Clark Brewing Company

Scene Sponsors

Big Sky Retirement
Montana Radio Company - Park Avenue Bakery
State Farm - Joe Mitchell
Element L Design - Montana's Credit Unions

Set Sponsors

Sullivan Financial - Mast Laser Dentistry - Beebe & Flowers
MT Implants & Periodontics - Quinn Erwin Dental
Delta Hotels by Marriott - Taylor Luther Group, PLLC
Mosness Wealth Management & Retirement Planning

Cast Sponsors

American Chemet Corporation
Action Print - Ascension Physical Therapy
Associated Dental Care of Helena - Big Sky Chiropractic
Disability Rights of MT - Drake Law Firm - Helena Family Dentistry
Helena Orthodontics - Fit Form - Graveley Ranch - Heller Homes, Inc.
Heuiser Physical Therapy - Imagine Designs - Jeff Swingley-Windermere Real Estate
Nicholson, Inc - Rocky Mountain Title Company - the Pan Handler Plus
Trost Wealth Management - Velley Bank - West Mont


and Grant Funders


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Supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the state government, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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