Nutcracker Ballet - Missoula (MT)

Dennison Theatre
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About The George & Jane Dennison Theatre

Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Missoula! The George & Jane Dennison Theatre, opened in 1935, was formerly known as the University Theatre. It was renamed in honor of former UM President George Dennison and his wife, Jane in May of 2012. Originally part of the Student Union, the Dennison Theatre, with what is now the connected Fine Arts building, was the first structure built on a college campus using Public Works Administration funds during the Great Depression.  Designed by Missoula architect C.J. Forbis, the theatre was the prominent feature.  In 1996, a complete renovation modernized the Art Deco building, allowing for larger productions. The list of the great performers and productions that have graced this stage include: Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynne, Jesse Jackson, Tom Brokaw, Al Gore, Clarence Thomas, Daniel Tosh, Bryan Regan, Tracy Morgan, The Moscow Ballet, Paul Taylor Dancers; Grease, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. The theatre is also home to the annual Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival and the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ fundraising extravaganza, “Odyssey of the Stars.”