Arts and entertainment news from the Helena region was published on November 25th


Grandstreet stages Christmas classics


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” opens at the Grandstreet Theater on December 2nd.

Join the Grandstreet Theater on an adventure featuring a giant, hideous snow monster, a singing snowman, mismatched toys and a red-nosed reindeer who saves the day.

A holiday classic rises from the screen in this musical adaptation of the popular television special. Rudolph doesn’t feel like he’s in Christmastown because of his shiny nose and sets out to find a place to take him.

Along the way, he meets other misfits, only to find that home has been where it belongs all along. When a storm threatens to stop Santa’s sleigh from taking off, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas.

Filled with your favorite characters and holiday hits, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” teaches us that what sets you apart can be what makes you special.

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You can also buy treats, ornaments, and raffles.

Performance dates: December 2nd to 18th, Wednesday to Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m

The Grand Street Theater is located at 325 N. Park Ave. Tickets are available at the box office at 406-447-1574 (afternoon) or online at Tickets cost $17 to $27.

A musical production of “The First Christmas”

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and directed by Stephi Johnson, a musical production of “The First Christmas” will come to the Capital High School auditorium in early December.

The shows are on December 1st at 7pm, December 2nd at 7pm and December 3rd at 2pm and 7pm. Admission is free and seats can be reserved at

The First Christmas is a film produced by Liken Production and adapted for the stage as a musical. This story begins with the Brown family. Mom and Dad have decided to spend Christmas with another family that doesn’t have much and has had a really tough year. The Browns pitch the idea to their young daughter, Amelia. Amelia has been eagerly awaiting Christmas in hopes of getting a doll she’s always wanted.

When Amelia’s parents explain the situation of giving their Christmas away, they tell Amelia three different stories from the Bible: Zaharias and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph and the shepherds, and the angel Gabriel.

Amelia’s imagination comes to life on stage as each of these stories is told. Packed with music and humor (the shepherds even have a so-called “boy band” number), this musical will have audiences going home feeling encouraged and ready for the holiday season. “The First Christmas” is a non-denominational production for the whole family.


“Mini Nutcracker” performance at the Holter

Mini nutcracker performance at the Holter

The Premiere Dance Company presents a free “Mini Nutcracker” performance on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holter Museum


The performers in Premiere Dance Company’s 30th Anniversary production of The Nutcracker will present a free Mini Nutcracker performance on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Holter Museum

Designed for young viewers, the story of this beloved Christmas classic is narrated by Artistic Director Charlene White as the dancers bring to life the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.


Christmas craft show in the countryside

The Eighth Annual Benefit Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

There will be more than 70 vendors offering holiday decor and gift items, handmade candy, wood decor, Montana made items, vintage items, apparel, jewelry and much more.

Food truck 206 BBQ Food will be there. Do some shopping, enjoy a delicious lunch and support the Tri-County Wolves Special Olympics Team. Tickets for the 2023 Special Olympics Truck Raffle will be available. Admission is $4.

Film screening, discussion at Carroll

Join Carroll College to recognize National Native American Heritage Month. The Helena congregation is invited to a screening and subsequent discussion of the film “Trick or Treaty?”. on Tuesday, November 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheater.

“Trick or Contract?” reflects the often conflicting interpretations of treaties between First Nations and the “Crown”. The film impressively depicts a community’s attempts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands, while also demonstrating the complexities of contractual arrangements in contemporary contexts (Obomsawin, 2014).

Mike Jetty, an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and a descendant of Turtle Mountain Chippewa, will participate in the discussion. Jetty works for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as an Indian education specialist.

This event is free and open to the public.

West Mont Christmas Tree Lot and Winter Festival

winter festival

Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs will perform at West Mont’s Winterfest on December 3rd.

Meagan Thompson, The Montana Standard

The Montana nonprofit West Mont is hosting a Christmas Tree Place at the Lewis & Clark Tap Room, 1535 Dodge Ave, Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 11 or while supplies last. They sell Christmas trees, wreaths, tree stands, holiday gifts, festive food and hot drinks. You will also have some unique donation opportunities. Your Giving Tree will have gift tags that represent needs in their professional and residential locations and describe the Christmas wishes of their underfunded customers. The tree park is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

West Mont is also hosting a Winterfest at the Tap Room on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-3pm. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet the children and wish everyone a Happy Holidays. Brian Kassay of Bozeman’s bluegrass band Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs performs live music from 1pm to 3pm. Admission is free.


Thompson exhibit in the library

The Heart Intact, a multimedia installation by Jennifer Thompson, will be on view at the Lewis and Clark Library in November and December.

Eight tracks make up The Heart Intact, which are scattered throughout the library.

Free and open to the public, artistic times are offered through the library in November and December. Check the Lewis and Clark Library website or Facebook page for locations and times.

Annual holiday show at 1+1=1

1+1=1 gallery

The 9th Annual Holiday Gift Show runs through December 30th at 1+1=1 Gallery, 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. These mugs were made by Robyn Till.

1+1=1 Gallery presents its ninth annual Holiday Show featuring small and affordable artwork suitable for gifts. The exhibition includes encaustic paintings, ceramic and mixed-media sculptures, wooden vessels, mixed-media 2D art, functional ceramics, photography, hand-bound books, one-of-a-kind jewelry, collages, acrylic paintings, a variety of Christmas ornaments, and artist-made greeting cards. It features 50 local and regional artists including many new to 1+1=1 and Helena.

Stop by during regular business hours to see the plays in person for the duration of the show, which runs through the end of January. The gallery launches a new online store on November 28 at 8:00 a.m., which can be found at

The Holiday Gift Show runs through December 30th and is being held at 434 N. Last Chance Gulch. Winter opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm The gallery is open on December 24th from 11am-5pm.

For more information about the upcoming exhibition, visit www. or call (406) 431-9931.

Open studio days at The Bray

The Bray community is invited to stroll down the hallway at Shaner Studio during Open Studio Days on Friday, December 2 from 5-7pm and Saturday, December 3 to mingle with Bray-based artists in to connect, experience finished artworks and see work in progress, from 12pm to 2pm

Open Studio Days are offered once a month to give the Bray community a chance to meet the artists, see their artwork and reconnect with each other.

Visitors are welcome to walk around the grounds with a self-guided tour map and are invited to shop the Holiday Sale at the Sales Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

Governor’s Art Awards 2022

The Montana Arts Council invites the public to the 2022 Governor’s Arts Awards scheduled for Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the Montana State Capitol (the old chambers of the Supreme Court), with one following Reception in the rotunda.

Online streaming is available at and transmission is via MPAN (Charter 191 and OTA PBS channels).

This year’s honorees are musician Rob Quist, photographer Barbara Van Cleve, ceramist Josh DeWeese, author Deirdre McNamer, visual artist Don Greytak and artisan Nate Wald.

For more information, see

List of Helena films


760 Great Northern, 406-442-4225,

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, PG-13
  • The Chosen Season 3: Episodes 1 & 2, NO
  • Black Adam, PG-13
  • The Menu, R
  • She said r
  • Ticket to Paradise, PG-13
  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, PG

The Myrna Loy

15 N. Ewing, 406-443-0287,

  • The Menu, R
  • Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio, PG


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