La Boutique Fantasque

"La Boutique Fantasque" is a charming and whimsical ballet that transports audiences into a world of fantasy and enchantment. Originally choreographed by LĂ©onide Massine with music composed by Ottorino Respighi in 1919, this delightful production is known for its vibrant characters, imaginative storytelling, and breathtaking choreography.


The story unfolds in a picturesque Italian village where a magical toyshop, "La Boutique Fantasque," comes to life at night. The shop's toys and dolls, led by the charismatic Harlequin and Columbine, awaken and celebrate their own grand carnival. As the clock strikes midnight, the toys embark on a magical journey, dancing and interacting with various characters from different cultures and regions.


Throughout the ballet, audiences are treated to a spectacular display of diverse dance styles, from Spanish flamenco to Russian Cossack dances, reflecting the global influence of the toys in the shop. The costumes are a riot of colors and styles, adding to the visual spectacle of the performance.


Amidst the festivities, Harlequin and Columbine's love story takes center stage, with their graceful and playful pas de deux capturing the hearts of all who watch. Their romantic dance represents the enduring theme of love conquering all obstacles.


As dawn approaches, the magic begins to wane, and the toys gradually return to their inanimate state. The ballet concludes with a heartwarming finale, leaving the audience with a sense of wonder and nostalgia.


"La Boutique Fantasque" is a timeless ballet that continues to captivate audiences with its whimsical storytelling, mesmerizing choreography, and the enduring message that love and imagination have the power to bring enchantment to our lives. It is a delightful journey into the world of dreams and fantasy, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the impossible becomes possible.

Audition Information

Auditions for La Scoula Ballet at DBE's production of La Boutique Fantasque will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at DANCE by Eliese! Auditions are open to all dancers ages 7 and up!

Audition fees of $20 per dancer will be collected at the time of audition registration. A production fee in the amount of $130 is due at the audition via cash or check. If your dancer is not selected for a role or declines an offered role, the performance fee will be returned.

Casting depends on ability, costume size and role demands; we are committed to assigning roles to all auditioning dancers.

Audition Fee: $20 

Performance Fee: $130


Audition Information

Cecchetti Students and students enrolled at DANCE by Eliese, select your audition group based on your Cecchetti/Ballet Class level. All other students, please select your audition group based on your ages and dance experience.

Group 1

Cecchetti Ballet Level: Grade III and IV

Recommended Age:



3+ years of ballet required

*bring pointe shoes if at least 1 year pointe experience

Group 2

Cecchetti Ballet Level:

Grade I and II

Recommended Age:



2 years of ballet required

*bring pointe shoes if at least 1 year pointe experience

Group 3

Cecchetti Ballet Level:

Primary 3 and Grade I

Recommended Age:



1 year of dance

Group 4

Cecchetti Ballet Level:

Primary 2 and Primary 3

Recommended Age:



No dance experience required, 1 year preferred

Rehearsal Information

This production has a strict rehearsal attendance policy. Dancers may not miss more than 3 rehearsals from October 30, 2023 to January 14, 2024. Rehearsal conflicts may be pre declared at auditions. We will do our best to schedule all rehearsals with extreme consideration of known conflicts stated at auditions.


Rehearsals January 15, 2023 - February 7, 2023

Dress Rehearsal February 7, 2023

Performance: February 8, 2023

The cast list will be shared via email by Friday, October 13, 2023. We kindly request all role acceptances and declines to be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 18, 2023.