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BOARD CHAIR                             Welcome
                           Welcome to the 38th annual performance of the well-loved ballet,
                           The Nutcracker, performed by the Montana Ballet Company and
                           accompanied by guest artists and the Bozeman Symphony.
                                                                                                             BOZ EM A n SY M PHONY PR ESEN TS
                           Much has happened since our last Nutcracker performance in
                           December 2019, after which our world seemed to stop as we sought
                           to protect ourselves from COVID-19 and attempted to keep the
                           disease from spreading.                                                    H O L I D AY S P E C TAC U L A R
                             MBC studios went dark for several months during Spring of 2020,
                             conducting classes virtually from home. During the Summer
 of 2020, we came back together and through hard work and persistence, dancers resumed
                                                                                                           A New Bozeman Tradition
 learning the art of ballet and perfecting their skills in person. They danced on a temporary stage
 built by their moms and dads in a parking lot behind the studio; they danced inside the studio
 wearing masks and observing social distancing; and they danced outside among the beautiful           DECEMBER 11 TH                     DECEMBER 12 TH
 backdrop that is the scenery of Bozeman, Montana.                                                      Saturday - 7:30 PM                    Sunday - 2:30 PM
 The disappointment that we all felt because we could not hold public performances since
 February 2020 was most acutely felt by our dancers. But they kept working, kept learning the
 art, and remaining hopeful that today would come – the day we return to live performances.
                                                                                                          NOR MAN HUYNH Music Director
 Montana Ballet Company has thrived through it all and we are poised to take on new
 challenges and opportunities and continue to serve aspiring ballet dancers and their families in
 Bozeman and southwestern Montana.
 The Board of Directors is forever grateful to our Executive and Artistic Director, Elizabeth
 DeFanti, our talented teachers and dedicated staff, parents and family members of our dancers,
                                                                                                             JENI FLEMING Vocalist
 our sponsors and donors, and most importantly, our beautiful and dedicated dancers who                  B OZEMAN SYMPHONIC CHOIR
 come to class every week with smiles behind their masks, determined to dance their hearts out.

 Please enjoy the show!

 Margaret Perryman
 Board Chair

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S                                                     Welcome                                      Montana Ballet Company Presents Winthrop Corey’s

                                 From all of us at Montana Ballet Company, it is with such deep gratitude
                                 that we are able to gather once again in person and collectively share in the
                                 joy of our beautiful art form. I am truly delighted to welcome you to our
                                 38th Annual Performance Season, opening with our Annual Nutcracker.
                                With our very first Nutcracker performed in the lobby of First Security
                                Bank 38 years ago, MBC has brought The Nutcracker ballet to life every
                                year since, including last year with our virtual Nutcracker REIMAGINED.
                                Each and every cast has charmed audiences through their own special
 gifts and talents. This year I am thrilled to welcome to our cast the brilliant Lesley Rausch and Dylan
 Wald, guest artists from the renowned Pacific Northwest Ballet.
 I am also honored to welcome conductor Lee Mills from the Seattle Symphony, guest dancer
 Renato Lucena from Seattle, and actor Soren Kisiel from New York. It is always such a joy and
 pleasure to work with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and the fine Willson Auditorium
 technical crew, now led by Sue Amos. What a true privilege to gather these fine artists along with
 our own MBC dancers to form such an exceptional cast.
 MBC’s Season continues in February with Winthrop Corey’s Snow White. This original work was
 choreographed for Mobile Ballet in 2016 and has been performed at ballet companies throughout
 the United States. MBC Music Director, Stefan Stern will conduct our live orchestra and MBC
 dancers will charm in the many wonderful roles this ballet offers including that of Snow White, the
 evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White will captivate all audiences with its magic.
 To close our 38th Season, MBC will continue its rich tradition of performance collaborations

 and guest residencies, with CONNECTIONS 2022. For those of you who attended
 CONNECTIONS 2019 and experienced the Stars of American Ballet, you know how
 remarkable it was to witness such distinguished talent. How thrilled I am to welcome back
 dancers from the New York City Ballet for an encore performance and how fortunate we are to
 have access to such world-class dancing here in Bozeman. Yet another outstanding Season finale!
 To our entire cast and crew, I extend my heartfelt thanks. I also wish to sincerely thank
 our generous underwriters, supporters, and the countless volunteers who help make our
 programming possible. Deep gratitude to our MBC Board of Directors, Staff and Faculty whose
 never-ending support helps our organization realize its important mission and vision.
 From a full Season of live dance performances, to Educational and Community Engagement                                     With Live Orchestra Conducted by Stefan Stern
 programs, to our bustling training Academy ~ MBC is privileged to continue to serve our
 community and beyond in the jewel that is Southwest Montana.                                                                 February 19 - 7pm • February 20 - 4pm
 With every good wish,                                                                                                                   Willson Auditorium

 Elizabeth DeFanti                                                                                               Tickets now on sale at
 Artistic & Executive Director                                                                         , or 406.582.8702                  Elizabeth DeFanti, Artistic Director
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BOARD OF                 Directors

    Margaret Perryman   David Steinmuller    Donna Murphrey
        Board Chair       Board Vice Chair      Treasurer

       Judith Smith       Laura Stanley       Sarah Milligan
          Secretary          Director             Director

               ADVISORY BOARD

Lauren Brown    Winthrop Corey       Linda Gipp     Lorraine Padden
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             Artistic & Executive Director ° Elizabeth DeFanti
            Academy Director & Ballet Mistress ° Susan Gartell
        Education & Community Engagement Director ° Karen Smith
              Operations & Marketing Manager ° Leigh Ripley
                   Development Director ° Kirsten Smith
               Ballet & Costume Mistress ° Melinda Delgado
                        Music Director ° Stefan Stern
                 Artist in Residence ° Amy Lynn Stoddart
    Academy Faculty ° Jane Andrews, Noelle Brassfield, Frances Cole,
Elizabeth DeFanti, Melinda Delgado, Susan Gartell, Samantha Hinckley,
     Robin Otey, Karen Smith, Kirsten Smith, Amy Lynn Stoddart

     SEASON                    Performances
                              2021 - 2022

                    August 7, 2021, Sweet Pea Festival

                 December 3, 2021, Willson Auditorium

                    THE NUTCRACKER
               December 4 & 5, 2021, Willson Auditorium

                February 18, 2022, Willson Auditorium

                           SNOW WHITE
              February 19 & 20, 2022, Willson Auditorium
                                                                           Fine Classical Ballet Instruction for All Ages
                 ACADEMY SHOWCASE
                                                                             Spring Semester Begins January 3rd, 2022
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                 May 7, 2022, Emerson Cultural Center


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                    June 3, 2022, Willson Auditorium

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ARTISTIC EXECUTIVE                                                   Director                            ACADEMY DIRECTOR
                       ELIZABETH DEFANTI
                        is the Artistic Executive
                                                    praise for her portrayal of “Kitri” in the wedding
                                                    pas de deux of Don Quixote and “Juliet” in the
                                                                                                            & BALLET                                     Mistress
                        Director of Montana         balcony pas de deux of Romeo and Juliet. She also                            SUSAN GARTELL               competition winner, Petr Zahradnicek, in Palm
                        Ballet Company              appeared as a principal dancer in two nationally                                                         Desert at the McCallum Theatre for four years
                                                                                                                                   is MBC’s Academy
                        (MBC). Ms. DeFanti          broadcast television commercials.                                                                        and was a member of the Traverse City Dance
                                                                                                                                   Director and Ballet
                        joined MBC in 2009          Ms. DeFanti is passionate about teaching                                                                 Project created by Jennifer McQuiston Lott and
                                                                                                                                   Mistress. Originally
                        and has spent the last      and brings to MBC’s Academy a wealth of                                                                  Brent Whitney.
                                                                                                                                   from Phoenix, Arizona
                        12 years directing,         knowledge about training dancers in the                                        Ms. Gartell enjoyed 17    In 2016, Ms. Gartell retired from full-time
                        choreographing,             classical style. Most recently she was accepted                                years in professional     dancing and graduated Summa Cum Laude
teaching, establishing educational engagement,      to and attended the prestigious Cross Threads                                  ballet, 13 of which she   from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
philanthropic, health and wellness programs,        Teacher’s Program at the world-renowned                                        spent at Milwaukee        with a degree in Political Science. She quickly
and more.                                           Paris Opera Ballet School. Ms. DeFanti herself,      Ballet. Her favorite roles with the Company         joined Wisconsin Conservation Voters, working
Prior to joining MBC, Ms. DeFanti served            began her classical dance training at Festival       included Ophelia in Stephen Mills production        to pass environmentally sound policy in
as the Interim Artistic Director for Festival       Ballet with her parents, Christine Hennessy          of Hamlet, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula,          Wisconsin. After a few years, she felt a desire to
Ballet in Providence, RI. She also directed The     and Winthrop Corey, and additionally spent           Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, Claudia,         rejoin the ballet world and was accepted into the
Dance Center, School of Festival Ballet, taught     summers studying at the National Ballet School       a role created for her in Michael Pink’s Mirror     graduate program at the University of Utah. She
extensively in the school, and served as Adjunct    in Toronto and the Joffrey Ballet School in New      Mirror, and the Red Queen in Septime Weber’s        was the only graduate student chosen to present
Faculty for Rhode Island College’s Dance            York City.                                           Alice in Wonderland.                                their research for the esteemed CORPS de
Department, where she specialized in ballet         In addition to her artistic background, Ms.                                                              Ballet International Conference in the summer
                                                                                                         In addition to her time at Milwaukee Ballet, she
technique.                                          DeFanti has expertise in educating dancers                                                               of 2020. Her research is focused on creating
                                                                                                         had the opportunity to dance with several other
Ms. DeFanti danced professionally for the           about psychological aspects of dance and             companies. She was delighted to perform the         a more positive and inclusive culture within
Festival Ballet of Rhode Island where she was       performing. She graduated with honors from           role of Odette/Odile as a principal guest artist    professional ballet companies. She graduated
noted for her principal roles in The Nutcracker,    Brown University with a degree in Psychology.        with the Sacramento Ballet’s production of Swan     Summa Cum Laude with a M.F.A. in Ballet
Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and           She also holds both a Master of Arts and Master      Lake in 2015. She joined Paradise Ballet Theatre    in May of 2021. She is delighted to join the
Eaters of Darkness. She was also a member of the    of Education in Psychological Counseling             in Key West, Florida for the past four years for    Montana Ballet Company as Academy Director
Cleveland/San Jose Ballet where she danced          from Columbia University’s Teachers College,         their biannual performance of The Nutcracker.       and Ballet Mistress.
soloist roles and received critical acclaim for     and had the privilege of working as a primary        She also performed with choreographic
her portrayal of “Maria” in The Nutcracker.         therapist in the department of psychiatry at
Throughout her career, Ms. DeFanti danced a         Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
wide repertory including works by Anton Dolin,      Ms. DeFanti now resides in Bozeman with her
Kenneth MacMillan, Arthur Mitchell and              husband and two children. She is delighted to
George Balanchine, among others.                    be a part of the dance community here, and
She made guest appearances with the Mobile          to create, create, and create some more for the
Ballet, the Sea Coast Ballet in New Hampshire,      beautiful organization that is Montana Ballet
and with the Worcester Youth Ballet. She            Company.
performed in Charleston, South Carolina’s
Piccolo Spoleto Festival where she received
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EDUCATION & COMMUNITY                                                                                   DEVELOPMENT                                        Director
   ENGAGEMENT                                                 Director                                                         KIRSTEN SMITH
                                                                                                                                 Kirsten Smith serves as
                                                                                                                                                           summer gala. She has taught ballet at Broadway
                                                                                                                                                           Dance Center in New York City, the Colorado
                                                                                                                                 MBC’s Development         Ballet in Denver, Colorado, and Montana Ballet
                         KAREN SMITH                direction of our founder, Ann Bates, Karen
                                                                                                                                 Director. Kirsten         Company.
                         is MBC’s Education         managed the Montana Ballet School, danced
                         and Community              with the Company, and served as assistant                                    danced professionally     Ms. Smith received her BA in political science
                         Engagement Director        choreographer and rehearsal assistant for the                                for the New England       from the University of Georgia and her Master
                         and a faculty member       Company’s productions. Karen has in-depth                                    Ballet and the Long       of Public Affairs and a MA in Russian, East
                         of the Academy. She        experience teaching students of all ages and                                 Island Ballet, where      European, and Eurasian Studies from the
                         has studied around the     abilities, including with MBC, the Ballet                                    she performed soloist     University of Texas at Austin.
                         country including with     Academy of Texas in Coppell, TX, and as             roles, including the Dew Drop Fairy and Snow       Ms. Smith is the principal at Bloom Consulting
                         the Pacific Northwest      a Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist in             Queen in the Nutcracker. She also performed        where she conducts project management,
                                                    Residence in Dallas/Fort Worth Elementary           as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Ballet South and      facilitation, strategic planning, policy research,
Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet and the
                                                    Schools. She was formally trained in Adaptive       soloist roles for independent choreographers       program evaluation, and organizational
Milwaukee Ballet School and with teachers
                                                    Dance at the Boston Ballet and has served as        in Denver. Ms. Smith performs regularly with       development at local, state, and federal levels
including Joy and Conrad Ludlow, Georges
                                                    head instructor for MBC’s Adaptive Dance            Montana Ballet Company as Clara’s mother           in disability, long term services and supports,
Golovine, and Lynda Yourth among others.
                                                    Program for children with Down syndrome for         in the Nutcracker and was featured as Mala in      early care and education, K-12 education, family
Karen has a special history with Montana
                                                    the past 4 years. Karen is a licensed Progressing   MBC’s The Little Mermaid.                          stability, TANF, and Medicaid policy.
Ballet Company having grown up with our
organization and performing in MBC’s                Ballet Technique teacher and has a B.A. in          Ms. Smith received classical ballet training
                                                    English from Montana State University.                                                                 Ms. Smith has been an active volunteer with
very first Nutcracker production. Under the                                                             with Stamford City Ballet, American Ballet         the Gallatin County Court Appointed Special
                                                                                                        Theatre, the Rock School of the Pennsylvania

                                                                                                                                                           Advocate/Guardian ad Litem program and
                                                                                                        Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet School, where she   Montana Ballet Company for many years.
MUSIC                                                                                                   performed a principal role at the Joffrey School

                                                                                                        OPERATIONS &
                       STEFAN STERN                 Spring Awakening at Montana State University’s
                       received his master’s        Black Box Theater; Oklahoma!, Annie, White
                       degree in piano              Christmas, and others at the Ellen Theater.            MARKETING
                       pedagogy from the            As the music director for Montana Ballet
                       Hochschule für               Company, Stefan composed the score to MBC’s                                LEIGH RIPLEY                Broadcasting/XIX Winter Olympic Games,
                       Musik und Theater in         production of The Little Mermaid which was                             Leigh believes that the         and the Valley Ice Garden/Bozeman Ice Dogs.
                       Hannover, Germany.           premiered in February 2019.                                            talent and work required        In addition to her position with Montana Ballet
                       Upon graduating, Stefan                                                                             to combine athleticism          Company, Leigh is co-owner of Montana Parent,
                                                    Stefan arranged the song “Flight of Fancy,”
                       was faculty at a regional    written by Mark Armstrong which was                                    and artistry into visual        the avidly read parenting magazine for families
music school in northern Germany.                   featured in the documentary Armstrong, about                           poetry is to be watched         living in southwest Montana.
After moving to Bozeman in 2006, Stefan             Mark’s father, Neil Armstrong. In July 2019,                           with awe, and respect.
                                                                                                                                                           Leigh spent her youth and college years as
quickly became a sought-after musician, known       Stefan performed “Flight of Fancy” with Mark                           She is truly honored
                                                                                                                                                           a competitive figure skater, developing an
for his artistry and flexibility with all musical   Armstrong and Kali Armstrong at Carnegie                               to be a member of the
                                                                                                                                                           admiration for classical ballet in her training.
styles. Stefan founded and leads the comedic        Hall and with the National Symphony                 Montana Ballet Company.                            She is a graduate of The Ohio State University
rock band “Lester Rocks.” Stefan has appeared       Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as part of the      Leigh brings to MBC an extensive background        with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public
on Eric Funk's “11th and Grant” multiple times      50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11       in Business Operations and Event and Sports        Relations from the school of Journalism,
and was featured in an episode in the Spring of     mission.                                            Marketing. She has held positions with the         specializing in Sports Marketing.
2013. Stefan has served as music director for       Recently Stefan was a finalist for the American     National Football League, International Sports
many local theatrical productions including                                                                                                                She lives in Bozeman with her three daughters.
                                                    Prize for his composition "Scherzomania.".
BALLET & COSTUME                                                 Mistress                                ADDITIONAL                                Choreographers
                       MELINDA                     classes for the Portland Park Bureau. Costumes,                              WINTHROP                                               CHRISTINE
                       DELGADO is MBC’s            prop design and production have also been an                                 COREY renowned                                         HENNESSY was a
                         Ballet and Costume        important part of her dance career.                                            choreographer and                                      prima ballerina for the
                         Mistress, and a faculty                                                                                  master teacher, is a                                   Royal Winnipeg Ballet,
                                                   Since moving to Bozeman with her family, Ms.
                         member of MBC’s                                                                                          summer faculty member                                  during which time she
                                                   Delgado has taught at Montana Ballet School,
                         Academy. Since                                                                                           for both Joffrey Ballet                                won the gold medal for
                                                   Main Street Dance Theatre, Montana State
                         childhood, ballet has                                                                                    School in New York and                                 “best interpretation by
                                                   University and the Dance Center.
                         been an integral part                                                                                    American Ballet Theatre.                               a female dancer” at the
                         of Ms. Delgado’s life,    Ms. Delgado loves teaching the foundation of          Mr. Corey holds the distinction of having been a      International Festival of Dance in Paris, France
studying at the Portland Ballet School under the   classical ballet technique, with the belief and       principal dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg         in 1968. Her distinguished career also included
direction of Jacqueline Martin-Schumacher. At      experience that anyone can learn to dance, and        Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. He          dancing with the famed Ballet Russe de Monte
the age of 14 she received a scholarship to the    love the experience when they understand the          is especially well known for his classical roles in   Carlo, where she spent four years rising from the
San Francisco Ballet School. She later joined      construction and execution of each move —             The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker,       corps de ballet to first soloist. She was a ballerina
Portland Ballet Company where she performed        from the very first plie to the fullness of dancing   Giselle, and Cinderella. He also is noted for         with the Joffrey Ballet in New York, the Bremen
professionally for 12 years.                       “en pointe.” Being accomplished and doing             dancing opposite Rudolph Nureyev in Jose              Opera House in Germany, and the American
                                                   well at anything takes an understanding and           Limon’s classic work The Moor’s Pavane.               Festival Ballet, where she toured South America
Ms. Delgado earned her BA in Art and Dance         knowledge of the details. Through knowledge
                                                                                                         Most recently he was awarded a Dance Fellowship       and the Near East. She also appeared as the
from Portland State University and taught ballet   one gains freedom. In dance that freedom is the
                                                                                                         from the State Council on the Arts for his service    ballerina of the New York City Opera and
at the Portland Ballet School and Portland State   ability to “fly”.
                                                                                                         to the State of Alabama during his more than 20       starred in two films made in Europe – The
University. She was Director of Ballet at the
                                                                                                         years at Mobile Ballet. Mr. Corey also has been a     Nutcracker and Four plus Four.
Portland Gymnastic Center and taught adult
                                                                                                         five-time coach for the New York International        Ms. Hennessy was characterized by the great
                                                                                                         Ballet Competition, coaching dancers from all over    American choreographer Agnes de Mille

                                                                                                         the world in The Sleeping Beauty pas de deux and      as, “slight, tiny, exquisitely proportioned, as
HEAD                                                                                                     the Black Swan pas de deux.
                                                                                                         Mr. Corey has been a guest teacher at Brown
                                                                                                                                                               delicately articulated as a flowering branch. She
                                                                                                                                                               (Hennessy) has enormous extensions, yet the
                                                                                                         University, the University of Connecticut, Dance      effect is not one of power, as much as of light
                       ANNETTE                     designing and sewing for many productions                                                                   evocation.”
                                                   over the years.                                       Masters of America, Boston Dance Teachers Club,
                                                                                                         Professional Dance Teachers Association New           In 1978 Ms. Hennessy, together with Winthrop
                        grew up in Washington,     Annette’s daughter began dancing about 15             York and has taught master classes throughout         Corey, founded the Festival Ballet of Rhode
                        D.C. As an outdoor         years ago, which reinvigorated her interest in        the United States, Canada, and Portugal.              Island, a company and school, drawing dance
                        enthusiast, she headed     costume design. Annette has assisted MBC
                                                                                                         He has staged and choreographed full-length           masters such as Arthur Mitchell, then Artistic
                        to the mountains of Big    with costumes for nearly a decade. She forever
                                                                                                         productions of The Sleeping Beauty, The               Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem,
                        Sky and earned a BFA in    loves the theater, fashion design, and continues
                                                                                                         Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella,      and Agnes de Mille, to Rhode Island to work
                        art and costume design     to create costumes for professionals and other
                                                                                                         Swan Lake as well as three original ballets,          with their students. Ms. Hennessy, herself,
                        at the University of       interested parties.
                                                                                                         Dracula, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Snow           choreographed numerous ballets for which she
Montana. While in school she spent a couple of
                                                   Today, Annette’s Sewing and Alterations               White. As a costume designer, Mr. Corey is            received critical acclaim and trained countless
summers designing costumes for the Virginia
                                                   accommodates brides, bride’s maids, prom              noted for his designs for Swan Lake, Cinderella,      dancers in the art of classical ballet. In 1994 she
City players in Virginia City. After college,
                                                   girls, men’s suit alterations, hemming, and any       The Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Nutcracker,      was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts
she worked as the assistant designer for Cindy
                                                   general sewing needs. From horse blankets             and Romeo & Juliet. His original design and           from Rhode Island College for her immense
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                                                   to wedding dresses, tents to backpacks, they          construction of the classical tutu has gained him     contribution to the Arts.
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                        Music      Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

                    Artistic Direction       Elizabeth DeFanti

          Choreography Elizabeth DeFanti, Christine Hennessy,
                 Winthrop Corey, & Melinda Delgado

        Bozeman Symphony Orchestra               Conducted by Lee Mills

          Symphony Orchestra Manager               Maria D'Ambrosio

       Select Costume Design & Construction Winthrop Corey,
                   Annette Piccirillo, & Melinda Delgado

                       Technical Director        Sue Amos

 Stage Crew     Kyli Ayers, Cody Jackson, Michelle Lu, Benji Nallick, Graham Owen

              Ballet Mistresses     Susan Gartell & Melinda Delgado

                    Costume Mistress         Melinda Delgado

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THE STORY OF                          Nutcracker
                                     The                                                  NutcrackerCast                                                       ACT I
 ACT I                                                                                 Clara Maya Merante
 ONCE UPON A TIME, the family of Judge Silberhaus prepares for a magical               Fritz Greyson Haught
 Christmas Eve. The children, gentle Clara and temperamental Fritz, excitedly await    Clara’s Mother Kirsten Smith
 a party that will include their mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer. Amidst dancing     Clara’s Father Francis Chu
 and merriment, Drosselmeyer appears and all the children scurry in bewilderment
                                                                                       Drosselmeyer Soren Kisiel
 for he is an eccentric figure. The children, however, are soon charmed by the
 wonderful life-like mechanical dolls he has brought and are thrilled when they        Clara’s Friends Hannah Gibson and Luna Walton
 receive gifts from him. Among the lovely presents given out is Clara’s special gift   Party Children Bailey Bentley, Lewis Donald, Anneliese Gomez, AnaSophia Graf, Nora Haragan,
 of a Nutcracker.                                                                      Isabella Martin, Wyatt Karro, Ruth Murphy, Kendall Opsahl, Emerson Smith, Exton Tucker,
 Clara adores her Nutcracker and dances with him gleefully. Fritz, who is jealous      Markie Weymouth
 of Clara’s gift, takes the Nutcracker away from her and petulantly throws it to the   Party Parents Oliver Cole, Terry Cunningham, Michael Fox, Ying Liu, Sarah Milligan,
 floor breaking it. A tearful Clara is consoled by Drosselmeyer, who bandages the
 toy and then tells a lively tale foreshadowing Clara’s dream to come.
                                                                                       Jason Murphy, Karen Smith, Mary Kay Woodin
                                                                                       Maids Sarah Hunter and Abigail Meredith
 Late that night while Clara is asleep, Drosselmeyer emerges and works magic,
 placing Clara in a wondrous dream. An army of mice and rats led by the Rat            Columbine Doll Marisa Spady
 Queen torment her. Drosselmeyer brings Clara’s Nutcracker to life to lead a troop     Soldier Doll Frances Cole
 of soldiers into battle against the dreaded Rat Queen and her battalion. Just as      Jacks Ava Bogison and Evie Crain
 the Rat Queen injures the Nutcracker with her mighty sword, Clara rescues her
                                                                                       Rat Queen Karen Smith
 Nutcracker and is awe-struck when he is transformed into a handsome prince.
                                                                                       Baby Mice Sophia Brandt, Eloise Comfort, Paige Driscoll, Mya Dynan, Eva Franklin, Addison Hall,
 The dazzling Snow Queen and King appear and dance with beautiful, swirling
 snowflakes in the snow-covered forest.
                                                                                       Daphnie Leaf, Sophia Lowndes, Kloe Martin, Molly Miller, Eliza Milliken, Ellie Peace, Amelia Perks,
                                                                                       River Talbot
 On his magical sleigh, Drosselmeyer takes Clara and her Nutcracker on a journey
 through a winter-wonderland.                                                          Sister Mice Cora Bassham, Alison Celsnak, Laine Edgecomb, Ella Haugen, Kirsa Howe,
                                                                                       Madison Mansfield, Lila McKeone, Katherine Mills, Ayla Moller, Erika Jo Rassi
 INTERMISSION ~ 15 MINUTES                                                             Rats Calgary Curry, Parker Graham, Neve Howe, Molly Hubner, Bria O’Connell, Avalea Otey,
                                                                                       Allegra Smith, Audrey Stark
 ACT II: KINGDOM OF THE SWEETS                                                         Lieutenant Emerson Smith
 CLARA AND THE NUTCRACKER enter a magical land where the Sugar                         Cavalry Haylee Doyle, Elle Edgecomb, Alese Ewen Fox, Aurora Gilbertson, Chapin Graham,
 Plum Fairy reigns. Clara and the Nutcracker recount the battle with the Rat Queen     Violet Pearcy, Alessandra Valdivia, Adelyn Watson
 and are placed upon a throne surrounded by confections of every kind. Other
                                                                                       Soldiers Reece Edgecomb, Iris Fisher, Aubry Herron, Lilah Karro, Kajsa Oliver
 confections enter to dance for Clara’s amusement – Spanish Chocolate, Mirliton
 Marzipan, Chinese Tea, Arabian Coffee, Mother Ginger and Russian Candy                Nutcracker Renato Lucena
 Canes. Clara and her Nutcracker also delight in the Waltz of the Flowers and the      Snow Queen Lesley Rausch *courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet
 elegant Pas de Deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.                         Snow King Dylan Wald *courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet
 As the dancing ends, Clara falls asleep on her beautiful throne. The Sugar Plum       Snowflakes Frances Cole, Sophia Hallengrogg, Gloria Hofstad, Dulcinéa Johnston(12/4)/
 Fairy and her Cavalier place Clara’s toy Nutcracker back in her arms. Drosselmeyer
                                                                                       Katherine Neubauer (12/5), Sophia Parker, Marisa Spady, Emmie Shockley, Kiera Thompson
 disappears, having given Clara the gift of a most magical and wonderful Christmas.
NutcrackerCast                                                       ACT II                   BOZEMAN SYMPHONY                                       Orchestra
Sugar Plum Court Ellie Chu, Lexi Donald, Alese Ewen Fox, Aurora Gilbertson,
Kassiani McFarland, Cesilia Mills, Claire Murphy, Kendall Opsahl, Violet Pearcy, Naya Talarico            MAESTRO LEE MILLS - CONDUCTOR
Spanish Chocolate Amanda Boelman, Josie O’Meara, Kiera Thompson
Mirlitons Marzipan Frances Cole, Dulcinéa Johnston (12/4), Marisa Spady
Chinese Tea Logan Barker, Emily Fitzpatrick, Hannah Gibson, Abigail Meredith,                                        VIOLIN I          CLARINET
Katherine Neubauer, Sophia Parker, Luna Walton, Lucie Weinheimer                                     Natalie Padilla, Concertmaster    Greg Young
Mother Ginger Anne Gibson                                                                                        Felix Guggenheim      Bruce Kenney
                                                                                                                Emily Paris-Martin
Ginger Children Nora Haragan, Greyson Haught, Neve Howe, Avalea Otey,                                                   Fildza Rizal   BASSOON
Kendall Passmore, Allegra Smith, Audrey Stark                                                                                          Derek Bannasch
Ginger Cookies Alyssa Ayotte, Ava Bogison, Hadley Bontadelli, Libbey Carl, Evie Crain,                              VIOLIN 2
Harriet Crain, Ella Doshier, Gia Johnson, Adelee Jones, Zolani Khumalo, Ellinor Mock,                    Stephen Cepeda, Principal     FRENCH HORN
Annie Nirgenau, Avery Pena, Elsie Kaye Reeves, Eloise Remillard, Charlotte Scott                                    Jill McJunkin      Maria D'Ambrosio
                                                                                                                   Athena Carson       Elizabeth Schmidt
Arabian Coffee Frances Cole and Thomas Maggiore
Russian Principal Aspen Edelen                                                                                          VIOLA          TRUMPET
Russian Corps Ellie Chu, Lexi Donald, Alese Ewen Fox, Chapin Graham, Cesilia Mills,                       Mary Landeen, Principal      Jerry Makeever
Kassiani McFarland, Claire Murphy, Bria O’Connell, Naya Talarico                                               Kristina Otfinoski      Dan Wood

                                                                                                                        CELLO          TROMBONE
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS                                                                                                 Chandra Lind      Jeannie Little
Clara Maya Merante                                                                                                  David Heinzen
Nutcracker Renato Lucena                                                                                                               PERCUSSION
Dewdrops Frances Cole and Marisa Spady                                                                                     BASS        Kristofer Olsen
                                                                                                            William Scott Stebbins
Waltz of the Flowers Corps Logan Barker, Emily Fitzpatrick, Hannah Gibson,
Sophia Hallengrogg, Gloria Hofstad, Dulcinéa Johnston (12/4 evening)/Kiera Thompson                                     FLUTE          Jeff Vick
(12/4 matinee & 12/5), Katherine Neubauer, Sophia Parker, Emmie Shockley, Luna Walton                                Sue Makeever
Sugar Plum Lesley Rausch *courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet                                          FLUTE/PICCOLO                  Laurel Yost
Cavalier Dylan Wald *courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet                                                     Megan Makeever Ali
Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust                                                                        HARP
                                                                                                   OBOE/ENGLISH HORN                   Angela Espinosa
                                                                                                                    Sandy Stimson
GUEST                 Artists
                                           LESLEY RAUSCH                                                                                                                      DYLAN WALD
Photo: Lindsay Thomas

                                                                                                                                 Photo: Lindsay Thomas
                                            Lesley Rausch is from        Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows),                                                           Dylan Wald is           Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2014 and
                                            Columbus, Ohio. She          Nevada Ballet Theatre (Titania in George                                                                from Minneapolis,       was promoted to corps de ballet in 2015, soloist
                                            studied with Shir Lee        Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream),                                                                Minnesota. He studied   in 2019, and principal in 2020.
                                            Wu at Columbus Youth         and Ballet Hawaii (Dark Angel in George                                                                 at Minnesota Dance      In 2017, Mr. Wald participated in the
                                            Ballet and also trained at   Balanchine’s Serenade, Snow Queen, Dewdrop                                                              Theatre & the Dance     Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive.
                                            Pacific Northwest Ballet     Fairy, and Hi'iaka in Septime Webre’s                                                                   Institute and Pacific   In 2019, he performed with Seattle Dance
                                            School. Ms. Rausch           Nutcracker, and in Robert Barnette’s Reflections).                                                      Northwest Ballet        Collective. He has also performed as a guest
                    joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as member of         In addition to her performing career, Ms.                                       School. He attended summer courses at Pacific   artist with Ballet Hawaii, Ballet Sun Valley,
                    the corps de ballet in 2001. She was promoted        Rausch has been a guest teacher at Ballet                                       Northwest Ballet, the School of American        Chautauqua Dance Institution, Jacobs Pillow
                    to soloist in 2007 and principal in 2011.            Hawaii, Evergreen City Ballet, New American                                     Ballet, The Juilliard School, and Hubbard       Dance Festival and Lafayette Ballet Theater.
                    Ms. Rausch has performed as a guest artist           Youth Ballet, and Punahou Dance School.                                         Street Dance Chicago. Mr. Wald joined Pacific
                    with Chicago Dancing Festival (Robbins’              She also is on the faculty of Pacific Northwest
                    Afternoon of a Faun), Lafayette Ballet Theatre       Ballet School.
                    (Snow pas de deux and Sugar Plum Fairy               Ms. Rausch is a certified instructor of Stott
                    in The Nutcracker), Nantucket Atheneum               Pilates, Madeline Black Series One, and Tai Ji
                    Dance Festival (Balcony pas de deux from             Quan Moving for Better Balance.
                    Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette and

                                                                                                        Photo: Angela Sterling                                                                                                        Photo: Lindsay Thomas
GUEST                Artists
                      LEE MILLS                                                                                               SOREN KISIEL                                         RENATO LUCENA
                        Associate Conductor of     Through his project Vibe Sinfônica, initiated                                 This is Soren’s 24th                               Renato Lucena began
                        the Seattle Symphony       in 2018 in partnership with nightlife producer                                year as Drosselmeyer!                              dancing as a teenager
                        and winner of the Solti    The Week Group in São Paulo, he has                                           No one ever tells him                              in his hometown
                        Foundation U.S. Career     brought classical music to thousands of new                                   he looks too young                                 of Belém, Pará, at
                        Assistance Award in        listeners through performances in contrarian                                  for the part anymore.                              the mouth of the
                        2014, 2017, 2019, and      settings. In their inaugural performance,                                     Soren is the co-author                             Amazon River in
                        2020, Lee Mills is         Vibe Sinfônica performed music of Vivaldi at                                  and co-director of                                 the north of Brazil.
internationally recognized as a passionate,        The Week Group's 14th anniversary in São           Broad Comedy, an all-women sketch comedy             After studying at Ballare Ballet School, he
multifaceted, and energetic conductor. In his      Paulo, playing to a crowd of over 10,000 EDM       and political satire troupe written with his wife,   entered into the Brazilian Ballet Company
previous position as Resident Conductor of         fans and opening for DJ Offer Nissim. The          comedian Katie Goodman. Broad Comedy,                (Companhia Brasileira de Ballet), a premiere
the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, he led           growing project also featured in a video clip of   in addition to being a Bozeman hometown              trainee company based in Rio de Janeiro,
performances hailed as having a “sonority of       Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to commemorate the         favorite, was named a Time Out New York              Brazil. In his time with the CBB, Renato
unequalled liveliness and quality,” working        15th anniversary of the nightlife producer.        Critics’ Pick for their Off-Broadway run at          danced in productions of Swan Lake, The
alongside such artists as Simone Porter,           At the invitation of Baltimore Symphony            New York City's SoHo Playhouse, after sold-          Nutcracker, Walpurgis Night, and Giselle. He also
Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho, and the Smetana         Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop,              out houses in runs at Boston’s Stuart Street         performed as a guest soloist with the Brazilian
Trio.                                              he received the prestigious BSO-Peabody            Playhouse and at the Acme Comedy Theatre             Symphony Orchestra, performing pas-de-six
In addition to his work with the Brazilian         Institute Conducting Fellowship in 2011.           in West Hollywood, and being featured on             to Johann Strauss’s Wine Women and Song for
Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle                 Under the tutelage of Gustav Meier and             Showtime’s The Green Room. Soren is also the         the orchestra’s New Year’s Gala. In the United
Symphony, he has also led concerts with            Marin Alsop, Mr. Mills received his Graduate       author of the children’s books The Night Our         States, Renato has attended several summer
the National Symphony Orchestra (USA),             Performance Diploma and Artist’s Diploma           Parents Went Out and Once Upon a Tree, and is        intensive programs, including the American
the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the São              in Orchestral Conducting at the Peabody            currently developing an animated TV project          Academy of Ballet, the Joffrey Academy, and
Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Saint          Institute. He was a conducting fellow at the       with rock legend Pat Benatar, and working on         Festival Ballet Providence.
Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee            American Academy of Conducting at Aspen            his first novel. And look for his modern and
Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester                  during the summers of 2012 and 2013,               riotous adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The
Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony           working closely with Robert Spano, Hugh            Mikado, commissioned by Intermountain
Orchestra. In 2014, Lee was the Assistant          Wolff, and Larry Rachleff. Mr. Mills graduated     Opera Bozeman, coming to The Ellen in
Conductor to David Robertson for Carnegie          cum laude from Whitman College, where he           February! Soren has a second-degree blackbelt
Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA.        began his conducting studies with Robert Bode.     in taekwondo, and is ordained in the Plum
                                                                                                      Village Zen Buddhist tradition, which means
The League of American Orchestras selected                                                            he could kick your butt if he wasn’t so darned
Lee for the 2018 Bruno Walter National                                                                peaceful.
Conductors Preview where he conducted the
Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017,
Lee was selected as a semifinalist in both the
International Conducting Competition Sir
Georg Solti and the Opera Royal de Wallonie-
Liege International Opera Conducting
Competition. In addition, he conducted
alongside Maestro David Robertson in the
highly acclaimed U.S. Premiere of John Cage’s
Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras with the Saint
Louis Symphony.
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Kassiani McFarland        Cesilia Mills      Claire Murphy      Naya Talarico
DISCOVER                     Dance                                                                       ADAPTIVE                       Dance
 Through its Discover Dance program, MBC seeks to engage with children before, during and                 MBC’s Adaptive Dance Program (ADP) is designed to provide creative movement and
 after the experience of live performance excerpts through collaboration with teaching experts in         introductory ballet instruction for children with Down syndrome. Classes are taught by Montana
 the classroom. Pre-performance classroom work accompanied by our Teacher’s Guide aligned to              Ballet Company Faculty in conjunction with Board Certified Physical Therapists and experienced
 the ELA common core standards, is followed by experiential time in the theater where children            live musicians. In a nurturing, structured environment, students have the opportunity to master
 and teachers watch vignettes from the full ballet accompanied by live music, join in interactive         movements specifically tailored to their abilities, thereby enhancing confidence and self-esteem. It
 discussions and creative movement exercises and are invited to explore the performance space.            is our goal that each student has an empowering mastery experience.
 Following the trip to the theater, teachers help students create artwork, poetry and other reflective
 work to help integrate the live arts experience.                                                         Generously underwritten by:
                                                                                                                       BUBBA’S FAMILY CHARITABLE FUND
 Generously supported by:

                                                                                                          Kindly supported by:
                                                                                                                                                        PHYSICAL THER APIST:
                                                                                                                                                             KELSEY WADSWORTH

SHARE THE                            Dance                                                                                                                   PERCUSSIONIST:
                                                                                                                                                               KRISTOFER OLSEN

 MBC’s community engagement program, Share the Dance, provides Gallatin Valley’s arts patrons
 a unique giving opportunity. Through Share the Dance, generous donors sponsor admission tickets
 for special groups to attend one of our performances. This offers audiences, who otherwise might        MBC
 not be able to attend, the opportunity to experience a magical performance of classical ballet. We
 kindly thank the following donor for supporting this important program:                                  MBC MOVES is a Dance Residency program whose goal is to provide consistent dance education
                                                                                                          to elementary school children and non-profits that serve children across our community. MOVES
                                                                                                          serves as a complementary element to Music and HE lessons and is available as in-person, in-the-
                                                                                                          classroom education, live and interactive virtual programming, accessible recorded lessons, or a
                                                                                                          combination of all three.
                                                                                                          In-person learning involves MBC Faculty visiting the classrooms and/or gymnasiums to work with

                                                                                                          each class. Virtual learning provides students access to a livestream “class” with Faculty teaching

SHARE THE DANCE &                                                                                         remotely from the MBC studios at a given time. In addition, “MBC Minute” Brain Breaks provide
                                                                                                          pre-recorded 10-15 minute activities that can be accessed via links to provide a movement break at
                                                                                                          any point throughout the school day or to get kids moving at home.
 Our Share the Dance & Dinner program was created to support those in our community                       MBC MOVES is multi-disciplinary in nature with a focus on health and the correlation between
 experiencing food insecurity. Through partnerships with local nonprofits working tirelessly to           wellness and exercise. MBC partners with Nutritionists, Mental Health experts, Physical Therapists
 gather and distribute food to those in need, MBC dancers and staff assist with food drives, packing      and other professionals to provide children a holistic and well-rounded experience.
 food and groceries, and making deliveries. To enrich the experience, Company dancers share our
 art form and perform for appreciative audiences at special delivery sites.
Creativity $250 & Above

                                        Donors                                                               APRS Physical Therapy
                                                                                                              Dean & Kathy Derby
                                                                                                              The DeFanti Family
                                                                                                                                                   Jeffrey Hungate
                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Milligan
                                                                                                                                               Daniel and Lauryn Mills
                                                                                                                                                                                      Onyx Studio
                                                                                                                                                                           Target, The GoodCoin Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                          Jason Tanguay/Mint* Dental Studio
                                                                                                             Mike and Gail Hannon           Mike and Marsha Montgomery          Scott and Pam Tennant
       WE ARE EXCEEDINGLY GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES,                                                                                   Michael Murphy
                                                                                                                                            Grace $100 & Above
                                                                                                                  Gary Anderson                Lisa Donabedian Tafel                 Paul Olean
                                 Gratitude $20,000 & Above                                                   Roger and Lynne Barnes         Michele and Sean FitzGerald               Eva Patten
                                            The Corey Family                                              Stormy Barton/Thunder Cloud            Adrienne Fleckman             Cory and Diane Pulfrey
                           The State of Montana, Department of Administration                                         Images                   Eric and Eugenia Funk             Christopher Reiss
                                           Margaret Perryman                                                     Thomas Beaulieu                    Anne Gibson                      Alicia Singer
                                                                                                                    Susan Bell               Rachel and Michael Gomez          Shanda and Curt Smith
                                   Integrity $10,000 & Above                                                     Merrilee Broder                   Maria Guerrera                 Charlene Somers
                                         Tim and Mary Barnard                                                      Elissa Brown                    Michelle Haught                  Nicole Spady
                                                                                                                 Nicole Campbell             William and Susan Henning               Hal Stanley
                                         Montana Arts Council
                                                                                                          Richard Wolff and Janel Carino             Jessica Hoge         Amy Lynn Stoddart/Bridger Pilates
                                           Donna Murphrey
                                                                                                              Jeremy and Anna Carl                 Kimmelin Hull                 Christine Sununu
                                             Judith Smith
                                                                                                                Susan Carstensen                     Karon Kelly           Sweet Pea A Festival of the Arts
                                        Frank and Mary Stanley                                                Frances Christenberry                Laura Merante             Jeanie and Pete Westnedge
                                             Laura Stanley                                                        Anne DeFanti                     Whitney Miller             Richard and Janet Young
                                                                                                                 Susan Dickinson                    Susan Morgan
                                   Enrichment $5,000 & Above
                                              Anonymous                                                                                           Community
                                           Greg and Anne Avis                                                 Alysia Andrikopoulos                 Leslie Chadwick                 Donna Fraser
                                             Stephen Foster                                                        Betsy Angwin                 Conrad Christensen                  Sarah Fricke
                                     Kenyon Noble Lumber & Hardware                                                Anyonymous                      Christian Clark               Barbara Gaffney
                                             Thomas Scanlin                                                       Janet Appleton                    Deirdre Clark              Sandra Giovanniello
                                                                                                                   Susan Bagoly                      Helene Cole                  Anne Goertzen
                                 Inspiration $2,500 & Above                                                         Clint Balog                     Alison Counts                 Frances Goosey
                  The Hope Foundation                   Millikan Consulting                                       Ronald Barker                      Claire Crane                  Todd Graham
               Bubba's Family Charitable Fund         David and Patti Steinmuller                                   April Barnes                    Sarah Creech                Sheila Gray Bennett
                         Jim Clubb                Steinmuller Family Charitable Fund                            Mikal Begnoche                   William Culpepper                 Tonja Grothe
                                                                                                                   John Belshaw                   Clif Cunningham                  Connie Hahn
                                                                                                                Shannon Bentley                      Sonja Davis                   Linda Haines
                                                                                                                    Mary Bentz                  Evangeline Delgado                 Nancy Hayes
                                   Innovation $1,000 & Above                                                    Kellie Bernardez                   Delisa Devargas               Kathleen Hensel
              Amy Andrews/Ripe Food and Wine        Lorraine Padden and Carl Liebold                                 Janet Best                Elizabeth Dickensheets              Katie Hensel
              Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital              Miller's Jewelry                                    Melanie Billion                   Joanne Donald                  Karen Heward
                     Scott and Deb Brown                  Northwestern Energy                                    Julie Boothroyd                     Kristi Dunks                   Pam Hiebert
                 Jon and Elizabeth Christensen                 Seth Pincus                                       Kymber Boston                      Hallie Echols                  Angela Hinds
                        Winthrop Corey                        Sheri Simkins                                        Sarah Bouska                 Christina Edgecomb                Julie Hitchcock
                      John and Dita Daub                 Kirsten and Ryan Smith                                 Margaret Boylan                 Bonnie Eichenberger                Suzie Hockel
                      Rob and Diane Jarvi              Robert and Karin Utzinger                                  Eileen Braxton                       Facebook              Maria and Robert Holden
                                                                                                                  Lesley Bredvik               Wendy and Peter Fedock            Eleanora Howard
                                                                                                                Christina Brown                     Debbie Feigle                 Amber Hughes
                                   Engagement $500 & Above
                                                                                                                    Kerri Brown                     Virginia Ferre        Don and Sharon Tudor Isler/ERA
   Association of International          Catherine Connolly                     Wynn and Minette Jessup          Donna Bullock                       Mavis Fisher              Landmark Real Estate
  Agricultural Research Centers            Kristin Donald                          Lori Rosolowsky             Barbara Burkhardt                    Eileen Forsyth                Hannah Jacoby
Lauren Brown & Christopher Kelly             Susan Graf                             Larry Springer                 Rachel Burns                       Jayson Fox                   Marcia Jarrett
           Sarah Cole                      Robin Hubley                                                          Mark Calogero                       Michael Fox                   Rachel Jarvis
                                                                                                                     Jill Caruso                        Rita Fox                 Johnna Jaynstein
                                                                                                                  Frank Celsnak                    Lisa Fox-Mullen               Christie Johnson
Community continued...
        Karna Johnson
   Linda and Frank Johnson
  Marie and Richard Johnson
                                                  Debbie Mueller
                                                  Saskia Mungard
                                                 Marilyn Murdock
                                                                                               Marjorie Smith
                                                                                              Ira Smotherman
                                                                                               Brenda Solberg
                                                                                                                                                      In Kind
         Meg Johnson                                Richard Neal                               Marvin Speece                    We would especially like to thank the following individuals and
         Patrick Joyce                           Sherryl Nicholas                               Laura Spuhler
            Lain Kay                             Katherine OBrien                                Elaine Squire
                                                                                                                                     businesses for their generous in-kind donations.
        Amanda Keith                         Ramanda Ojeda Wagner                             Amy Strommen
      Carrie Kohlmeyer                          Emily Paris-Martin                             Dawn Sturman
          Angela Kray                             Cynthia Parker                         Magdalena Szewczykowska                       Adam DeFanti                            Kirsten and Ryan Smith
          Inez Kujath                               Anna Peters                               Melinda Talarico
          Julie Kunen                             Kahrin Phillips                               Evan Tennant                     Amanda and Lorne Koch                            Kristin Wimberg
      Cheri Ladd LeCain                           Penelope Pierce                               Paige Thomas                       Ambient Air Solutions                            Laura Stanley
         Karen Lafuke                               Tara Preston                             Eileen Thompson
        Cathy Lajewski                            James Pritchard                                 Sarah Tidd                        Amy Lynn Stoddart                               Lauren Brown
         Kristen Leach                             Jodi Procunier                               Lisa Trankley                        Annette Piccirillo                              Photography
         Amanda Lee                                 Amy Quarles                                 Linda Tuenge
                                                                                                                                    Beast Mode Movers                                Leigh Ripley
          Janet Leigh                             Denise Quarles                           Abby and Ernie Turner
       Kathy Letendre                             Sharon Quarles                                 Seth Turnet                     Bozeman Daily Chronicle                          Lorraine Padden
  Kendall and Hayden Libkop                  Norman and Sharon Reed                              Nancy Tyler                               Café M                                     Lynlea Hart
       Sara Longobardi                            Stephanie Reilly                            Roberto Valdivia
       Twila Loveridge                           Alyson Ridgway                               Hernando Velez                          Cathi Simonson                             Margaret Perryman
        Jamie Marshall                            Leigh Robertus                                Shirley Visser                        CS & Compnay                               Mary Kay Woodin
         Amy Martin                               Rachel Ruggles                                Jessica Walker                                                                    Melinda Delgado
        Erika Matsuda                               Cecily Ryan                             Kelsi Weaver Martin                      David Steinmuller
       Susan Matteucci                             Matthew Sack                                  Nancy Weed                       Denny Menholt Honda                                Michael Fox
      Poliahu McCanna                           Alexandra Safranek                    Matthew and Christine Weinheimer                                                            Michelle Haught
      Flora McCormick                               Carol Sands                                Sandra Wilson                         Donna Murphrey
       Christina Meyers                           Frederic Scheer                              Kurt Wimberg                             The Element                            Mystery Ranch Backpacks
        Rodger Meyers                               Frank Schurz                              Stephanie Wolfe                                                                      Noelle Brassfield
       Virginia Meyers                            Kristin Seubold                            Mary Kay Woodin                       Elizabeth Christensen
        Virginia Miller                           Saundra Sewell                              Patricia Woodin                     The Farmer’s Daughters                       Pure Water Technologies
         Amy Millikan                               SJ Sheppard                                Kristy Yakawich
                                                                                                                                        Frances Cole                                  Robin Otey
           Lynn Mills                            Farrior Shockley                            Lauren Yannarella
        Samuel Mirkin                              Amazon Smile                                 Lauren Yeakel                         Frances Graham                             Samantha Hinckley
         Gerrie Mohr                          Jason and Karen Smith                              Greg Young                         Gene Cook Realty                                Sarah Milligan
        Brianna Moore                                Jeryl Smith
                                                                                                                                       Jane Andrews                                 Sheri Simkins
                                  Donations made September 22, 2020 – present.                                                         Jason Murphy                                Stephanie Alton
                   Our sincere apologies for any omissions. Please contact our office for corrections.                                   Judy Smith                                  Susan Gartell
                                                                                                                                        Karen Smith                                  Suzanne Leaf
                                                                                                                                           KBZK                                    Winthrop Corey
                                         Principal Underwriters

                                                                                                                                    A VERY           Special ThankYou
 “This project is supported by the Montana Arts Council, a state agency funded by the State of Montana                   Our heartfelt thanks to all of the MBC families, friends and volunteers who have generously
and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon                       given their time and talents to make this 38th Annual Nutcracker Season a success.
     coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.”

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