The great seduction lives again on the stage

The great seduction lives again on the stage

Huge success on the big screen almost 20 years ago, the great seduction be reborn in a new form. In fact, a theatrical version of Ken Scott’s film will be presented throughout the summer at the Gilles-Vigneault Theater in Saint-Jérôme under the title of Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne.

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Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin

To embody the group of islanders eager to save their hometown from destruction, the production assembled an astonishing cast, dominated by the presence of singer Michel Rivard and host Normand Brathwaite.

The latter has not acted in a play since the days of the famous musical. Crow’s footcreated in the early 1980s.

accomplice duo

What made you decide to embark on this adventure? “The presence of my friend Michel Rivard. He and I entered the theater together at the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation. I said to myself: there is one of my gang who will be there! »

Normand Brathwaite, who studied in the theater option at Cégep Lionel-Groulx, will play Yvon Brunet, the gruff friend of Germain Lesage (played by Michel Rivard). “Yvon, cry from start to finish. I don’t think he has a sympathetic response, except during a more tender scene with my friend Germain. Also, when I saw that the character said the line “we’re in deep shit” three times, I wanted to play the role! »

For his part, Michel Rivard will encamp Germain Lesage, the one through whom all mischief happens. It is he who will use a thousand stratagems to seduce Dr Christopher Lewis (played by Fayolle Jean Jr) and convince him to settle in Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne. Because without a doctor on the island it is impossible to get the plastic recycling plant that would ensure the survival of the small community.

This role of “ramoureux”, Michel Rivard did not take long to accept. “Including writing and touring, I’ve spent the last six years working just on the origin of my species. She needed to experience a team project. And like many Quebecers, I was very impressed by the film. In fact, the first thing I did when I accepted the role was never watch the movie again! »

  • Normand Brathwaite finds


    Normand Brathwaite finds “his old friend” for this project. The two worked side by side several years ago in the National Improv League.

  • In rehearsal: Normand Brathwaite, Simon Beaulé-Bulman and Michel Rivard


    In rehearsal: Normand Brathwaite, Simon Beaulé-Bulman and Michel Rivard

  • The director of Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne, Frédéric Blanchette


    Director of Sainte-Marie-la-MauderneFrederic Blanchette

  • Fayolle Jean Jr, in the center, plays Dr. Christopher Lewis: on his shoulders rests the survival of the community of Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne.


    Fayolle Jean Jr, in the center, embodies the Dr Christopher Lewis: The survival of the community of Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne rests on his shoulders.


Michel Rivard has made some scenic incursions throughout his career, in particular with the work enigmatic variations presented at the TNM in 2001, where he shared the stage with Guy Nadon. But you have to go back to her beginnings to find a project in which she shares the stage with a cast of a dozen actors.

I’m an occasional actor, but it’s something I’ve loved since I was little. I’m happy to rediscover my father’s profession… And at 70, I’m happy to play a character younger than me, a man in his fifties!

miguel rivard

Fayolle Jean Jr, for her part, was delighted to discover that his difference – he is of Haitian descent – was not emphasized at all in the text. His doctor persona is a newcomer to the island, which causes its share of hilarious situations, but his skin color never rises. “He is not a character created for a black person, he is not a factor. And that’s fun. This is a sign that mindsets are gradually changing. »

From the cinema to the tables

Transpose a film like the great seduction it is not an easy matter. The action may well take place on an island, but we’re far from behind closed doors.

Emmanuel Reichenbach, who was in charge of the adaptation, explains: “The theatrical text necessarily takes on a different color than the film. We fell in love with the story in a different way. In the theater, the rhythm is different: the dramatic curve remains the same, but we change our breathing. I kept the signature lines from the movie, but added others. The characters have time to talk more. Their colors stand out differently. »

Director Frédéric Blanchette will have to use his imagination to recreate certain mythical scenes, including the famous game of cricket! “She is expected to be there,” said Emmanuel Reichenbach.

“Frédéric Blanchette offers a playful staging, but we are not on Broadway,” warns Michel Rivard. There will be no big changes of scenery. Everything will be done with mittens, with elbow strength. There is also a comic strip side to the decor. We hope that with this show, people will forget the movie: not forever, but for at least two hours! »

Sainte-Marie-la-Mauderne It is presented from June 23 to August 13 at the Gilles-Vigneault Theater.

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