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(Sainte-Thérèse) “We were very excited this morning. Very, very, very feverish,” says Gabrielle Fontaine. Like her touring companions, the one who brings Passe-Carreau to life was eager to reunite with the Poussinots, the Poussinettes and their families.
When Press they were joined in the dressing rooms of the Lionel-Groulx Theater in Sainte-Thérèse, the stars of the show Cuckoo Pass-Partout snack and coffee before the second performance of the day.
How did you experience your return to the stage? “We weren’t used to the kind of great discharge of energy that children give,” replies the one whose character is on a mission to get young people moving. Because, we can testify, in the rooms where the tour stops, the atmosphere is overexcited.
” [Les enfants] shout our names They tell us that they love us. Sometimes they put drawings and letters on the stage while we play. It’s fun”, rejoices Jean-François Pronovost, alias Passe-Montagne.
” It’s a rock show for 4 year olds. Really. That’s really it,” adds Gabrielle Fontaine.
“And we are very lucky to experience that. Every time we walk off stage, we get emotional. We always have our eyes on the water”, he adds, which is immediately confirmed by his fellow players.
With multiple tour postponements due to the pandemic, the three comedians consider themselves more fortunate to take the stage. Initially planned for October 2020 in Sainte-Thérèse, the first performance did not finally take place until February 2022, in New Richmond, in Gaspésie. “We really wanted to do it,” recalls Gabrielle Fontaine.
A sentiment certainly shared by many families who offered tickets to their little one… two years ago.
Will the Poussinots and Poussinettes now attending the school like the show too? “It really casts a wide net,” responds Gabrielle Fontaine. To which Élodie Grenier adds: “My parents came a while ago. Sure, they’re a little exhausted, but… ”“ Good example, Élodie ”, her friend interrupts. The trio laugh.
“Objectively, I think it’s a good show”, resumes the interpreter of Passe-Partout. “Older brothers, older sisters like it as much as 2-year-olds. I think there is something for everyone,” continues Gabrielle Fontaine.
The melodies known by It goes everywhere they obviously have a big place in the show. Impossible for young people, parents and even grandparents not to hum (or sing loudly) belly belly, the beautiful vegetables, Houses 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 “Sums up Jean-François Pronovost. “In fact, the point of the show is to have more and more fun,” says Gabrielle Fontaine. In 50 minutes, the three “Pases” and the young spectators have the task of making the moodometer arrow rise, a fun thermometer that measures happiness.
If we had such a device in the changing rooms, its measurement would certainly be green. Laughter, complicit glances, phrases said at the same time: the friendship that unites Élodie Grenier, Gabrielle Fontaine and Jean-François Pronovost is evident.
“Going on tour, spending a lot of time together, stopping to eat in restaurants, hotels, all of that created more magic in our friendship,” says the interpreter of Passe-Montagne. We feel it when we film the show and when we play on stage. »
Behind the scenes, the actors do not hesitate to help each other. Which hairdresser takes care of the Passe-Partout mop? I am Jean-François Pronovost. “He really discovered a passion for himself,” laughs Élodie Grenier, as her friend places an extension in her hair.
“Stars in the Eyes”
Showtime is coming up. The adrenaline of the actors, now in costume, levels up. “Okay folks, it’s time,” says stage manager Caroline Landry. After a team shout, the trio descend onto the stage.
In the room, little children kick impatiently. Some are dressed in their Passe-Partout, Passe-Carreau or Passe-Montagne pajamas. “There is something so beautiful about seeing children with stars in their eyes,” Elodie Grenier marvels, noting that for many of them this is her first time out on the stage.
With a smile on his face, Passe-Partout takes the stage, followed by Passe-Carreau and Passe-Montagne. Applause erupts. Shouts of joy are heard.
Sitting in the crowd, surrounded by these families who sing, these children who laugh, these little children who, with eyes sparkling with happiness, wave to their idols, we feel tears well up. The burst of energy and love from the young people is palpable. The one with the three “Passes” as well.
The tour Cuckoo Pass-Partout 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.
- At the moment, some forty performances of Coucou Passe-Partout, the show they are planned in 23 cities in Quebec by June 2023. Last winter and spring, the actors took the stage about twenty times.
- Filming of episodes of season 5 of It goes everywhere ended last July. These will be presented in January on the airwaves of Télé-Québec. Until then, the little ones can watch the previous seasons again from Monday to Thursday at 6:00 p.m. or on the station’s digital platforms.
- 6.2 million
- Number of views of It goes everywhere accumulated on all Télé-Québec digital platforms, from 1Ahem September 2021 to August 31, 2022. This is the most listened to online program of the station.
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