“Symphorien” is revived on stage and may even be reborn on TV


The characters who made us laugh out loud symphonicMarcel Gamache’s burlesque comedies, which aired on TVA from 1970 to 1977, are back, this time on stage, but it wouldn’t be surprising if this revival were transposed to the small screen in front of the public’s enthusiasm.

In addition to Symphorien (François Chénier), the play written by Louis Saia and Pierre Huet is interpreted by Mademoiselle L’Espérance (Nathalie Mallette), Oscar Bellemare (Patrice Coquereau), Éphrem (Martin Héroux) and Madame Sylvain (Michelle Labonté) . Actors Anne-Marie Binette and Stéphan Côté play different roles.

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One scene, the first ever, was presented to the media on Tuesday at the Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, where the show will run from 29 June to 14 August, before going on tour. Louis Saia also signs the installation with Pierre Séguin.

Although several elements remain to be refined, we were able to find with pleasure Symphorien, Mademoiselle L’Espérance and Oscar Bellemare, these characters who, at the time, were respectively worn by Gilles Latulippe, Janine Sutto and Jean-Louis Millette, all three have disappeared. .

“I’m not Janine, but I tried to get closer to her physical work, her way of standing very straight, her arms along her body. She’s an old maid and at the same time she likes men, it doesn’t make sense, but that’s what makes us laugh, “said Nathalie Mallette, who couldn’t believe her ears when we offered her the role.” I was honored. , excited!”

His challenge is, like his companions, to embody an archetype that has marked several generations thanks to replicas. This is also the case with François Chénier, who looks like Gilles Latulippe with his mustache.

“Louis Saia suggested making a mold of the teeth and we were lucky, because the prosthetist had the exact mold of Mr. Latulippe’s teeth. So he took the mold of my teeth, but with the aesthetics of Mr. Latulippe, ”he revealed, saying he was aware of wearing big shoes.

“I share the pressure with everyone, because people mainly listened to Mademoiselle L’Espérance and Oscar Bellemare’s program. Symphorien was “the straight man”, as in radio hell where I was Jean-Lou and Léo’s “straight man”. I feel more comfortable doing that kind of role. “

We find in the piece all the ingredients that have made the success of symphonic, with, in addition, many costume changes, signed Suzanne Harel. For Stéphan Côté, three wigs are needed to play the D.r Jete and his other three characters. It is, like saying, the sport and the choreography has to be done well, both on stage and behind the scenes to avoid collisions.

“I was inspired by the energy of Jean-Louis Millette, but I own Oscar. It is a tribute to all the actors. It’s a lot of colors and nonsense, “said Patrice Coquereau for his part. Martin Héroux, who plays Éphrem, a role defended at the time by Fernand Gignac, said that the latter, like him, had worked at CKVM, the radio station by Ville-Marie, in Témiscamingue. “Today I have a lot of fun playing his character and working with François Chénier, whom I know well. This duo, this way of doing things, this kind of humor and this rhythm, we have it .

Back on TV?

And a 2.0 version of the symphonic on TV, is it possible? “Everyone thought about it,” said Louis Saia. Producers Martin Leclerc and ComédiHa !, who produce the show, have talked about it, we told the QMI agency. It is therefore to continue!


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