Created by Shira Greenberg, Artistic Director of Keshet Dance Company the Montana rendition first performed in Helena in 2013 and is now an annual favorite at the Helena Civic Center over Thanksgiving weekend. 


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. 


Nutcracker on the Rocks is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season in its hometown of Albuquerque, NM, and Helena has the prestigious honor of being the only other location where this innovative production is performed.  With a record Helena cast of nearly 75 community dancers, the 2016 performance features for the first time ever, two talented local dancers, Madi Kelly and Julynn Wilderson, stepping in to lead roles alongside two visiting guest artists – Josiah Kauffman of Belgrade and Amber Moon Peterson of Portland!


The 5th annual Helena production is Saturday, November 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2:00pm

Tickets are $15-$25, reserved seating, available at the Civic Center Box Office 406-447-8481 or


Don't miss the excitement!!










 Special thanks to our 2017 Nutcracker on the Rocks sponsors:


Full Season Sponsors

Wipfli, LLP      The Floor Show

 Montana Cultural Trust  

KTVH      KXLH   


Scene Sponsors

Park Avenue Bakery    Montana Radio Company   


Set Sponsors

Morrison-Maeirle      Holter Museum      Mast Laser Dentistry

MT Implants & Periodontics      Quinn Erwin Dental

Associated Dermatology & Skin Cancer Clinic


Cast Sponsors

Valley Bank     Sugar Salon     Third Element     

Heller Homes     Action Print     West Mont     Nicholson, Inc

Arcadia Acupuncture     Helena Orthodontics     Big Sky Chiropractic     

Jeff Swingley–Windermere Real Estate     First Montana Land Title Company

Trost Wealth Management     Mosness Wealth Management & Retirement Planning