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(Sainte-Thérèse) “We were very excited this morning. Very, very, very feverish, “says Gabrielle Fontaine. Just like her tour mates, the one who gives birth to Passe-Carreau was looking forward to meeting the Poussinots, the Poussinettes and their families again.
when The print joined them in the dressing rooms of the Lionel-Groulx Theater in Sainte-Thérèse, the protagonists of the show Pass-Partout Cuckoo had a snack and a coffee before the second performance of the day.
How did they experience their return to the stage? “We were no longer used to the kind of big energy discharge given by children,” replies the one whose character has the mission to move young people. Because, we can testify, in the rooms where the tour stops, the atmosphere is overexcited.
” [Les enfants] shout our names. They tell us they love us. Sometimes they put pictures and letters on stage while we play. It’s fun ”, rejoices Jean-François Pronovost, aka Passe-Montagne.
” It’s a rock show for 4-year-olds. No kidding. That’s right, ”adds Gabrielle Fontaine.
“And we are so lucky to experience it. Every time we leave the scene, we are moved. We always have our eyes in the water “, he adds, which is immediately confirmed by his playmates.
With the multiple postponements of the tour due to the pandemic, the three comedians all consider themselves luckier to get on stage. Initially scheduled for October 2020 in Sainte-Thérèse, the premiere did not finally take place until February 2022, in New Richmond, in Gaspésie. “We were looking forward to it,” recalls Gabrielle Fontaine.
A sentiment certainly shared by many families who offered tickets to their little one … two years ago.
Will the Poussinot and Poussinette who now attend school like the show as well? “It really throws a wide net,” replies Gabrielle Fontaine. To which Élodie Grenier adds: “My parents came a long time ago. Sure, they’re a bit exhausted, but… ”“ Good example, Élodie, ”interrupts her friend. The trio laughs.
“Objectively, I think it’s a good show”, continues the interpreter of Passe-Partout. “The older brothers, the older sisters like it just as much as the 2-year-olds. I think there is something for everyone, ”continues Gabrielle Fontaine.
The known melodies Master key obviously they occupy an important place in the show. Impossible for young people, parents and even grandparents not to hum (or sing out loud) Belly belly, The beautiful vegetables, Homes and the other songs that have rocked the childhood of young Quebecers since the 1970s.
Some games from the show are also recreated on stage. “The show is a big party “Summarizes Jean-François Pronovost. “Indeed, the goal of the show is to have more and more fun,” says Gabrielle Fontaine. In 50 minutes, the three “Passes” and the young spectators have the task of picking up the arrow of the moodometer, a fun thermometer that measures happiness.
If we had such a device in the locker room, its size would certainly be green. Laughter, knowing looks, phrases spoken at the same time: the friendship that unites Élodie Grenier, Gabrielle Fontaine and Jean-François Pronovost is evident.
“Traveling, spending a lot of time together, stopping to eat in restaurants, hotels, all that created more magic in our friendship, notes the interpreter from Passe-Montagne. We feel it when we shoot the show and when we play on stage. ”
Behind the scenes, the actors don’t hesitate to help each other. Which hairdresser takes care of the Passe-Partout broom? I’m Jean-Francois Pronovost. “He has really discovered a passion for himself,” laughs Élodie Grenier, as her friend puts an extension in her hair.
“Stars in the eyes”
Show time is approaching. The adrenaline of the actors, now in costume, level up. “OK, friends, it’s time,” says stage manager Caroline Landry. After a team shout, the trio takes to the stage.
In the room, the children are pawing impatiently. Some wear their Passe-Partout, Passe-Carreau or Passe-Montagne pajamas. “There is something so beautiful about seeing children with stars in their eyes,” marvels Élodie Grenier, stressing that for many of them this is their first outing to the theater.
With a smile on his face, Passe-Partout takes the stage, followed by Passe-Carreau and Passe-Montagne. The applause breaks out. Shouts of joy are heard.
Sitting in the crowd, surrounded by these singing families, these laughing children, these little children who, with eyes sparkling with happiness, wave their hands towards their idols, we feel the tears rise. The explosion of energy and love of young people is palpable. Even that of the three “Passes”.
The tour Pass-Partout Cuckoo it continues throughout the province until May 2023. It will stop in Quebec City on December 26 and 27 and in Montreal on December 28 and 29.
- For the moment, about forty performances of Coucou Passe-Partout, the show are expected in 23 Quebec cities by June 2023. Last winter and spring, the actors took to the stage twenty times.
- The filming of the episodes of the fifth season of Master key finished last July. These will be presented in January on the airwaves of Télé-Québec. Until then, the little ones can review previous seasons from Monday to Thursday at 6pm or on the broadcaster’s digital platforms.
- 6.2 million
- Number of views of Master key accumulated across all Télé-Québec digital platforms, since 1uh From September 2021 to August 31 2022. This is the most listened to program of the online broadcaster.