Coucou Passe-Partout, the show |  rock stars for toddlers

Coucou Passe-Partout, the show | rock stars for toddlers

The first time he took to a stage last winter in Passe-Partout’s polka-dot tunic, Élodie Grenier was unable to deliver his opening line. The children’s screams were too loud. Moved, she looked at the two accomplices of hers. The trio had just gotten a glimpse of the huge dose of love they would receive on tour. After a four-month hiatus, the performers of Passe-Partout, Passe-Carreau and Passe-Montagne hit the road again last Sunday. Meet behind the scenes.

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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.


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Élodie Grenier and Gabrielle Fontaine, in an interview with Press

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.


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Children are encouraged to move more than once during the show.

Long wait

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.

  • After a four-month break, Gabrielle Fontaine (Passe-Carreau), Élodie Grenier (Passe-Partout) and Jean-François Pronovost (Passe-Montagne) return to the Coucou Passe-Partout tour.

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    After a four-month break, Gabrielle Fontaine (Passe-Carreau), Élodie Grenier (Passe-Partout) and Jean-François Pronovost (Passe-Montagne) are back on tour Cuckoo Pass-Partout.

  • The three

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    The three “Pases” sing many melodies known by amateurs of the show, including Beautiful vegetables…

  • …and Bedon belly.

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    … Y Belly belly.

  • Some games from the show are played on stage, including the guessing game.

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    Some games from the show are played on stage, including the guessing game.

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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.

Complicity

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. »


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Jean-François Pronovost discovered his talent as a hairdresser during the tour.

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.


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Battle cry of the actors and the technical team

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.

  • What moment of the show did little Charlie Éthier prefer?  “The songs”, replies the 3-year-old girl, in particular Les Beaux Verduras.  A big fan of Passe-Partout, she was fascinated to see the characters on stage.

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    What moment of the show did little Charlie Éthier prefer? “The songs”, answers the 3-year-old girl, in particular the beautiful vegetables. Great fan of the Show It goes everywhere, she was fascinated to see the characters on stage. “She had round eyes throughout the show,” confirms her father André-Philippe Éthier.

  • This family outing came as a surprise to young Lou Huard, 5, and her sister Liv, 3.

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    This family outing came as a surprise to young Lou Huard, 5, and her sister Liv, 3. “We didn’t tell them,” says their mother, Caroline Boissard, who really liked the colorful and playful side of the show. ” [Les comédiens] they are very good with children,” said their father, Adam Huard.

  • Érika Grenier, 6, and her brother Michaël, 4, were very impressed to see Passe-Partout, Passe-Carreau and Passe-Montagne in the flesh.

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    Érika Grenier, 6, and her brother Michaël, 4, were very impressed to see Passe-Partout, Passe-Carreau and Passe-Montagne in the flesh. “In the car, when we told them we were going to see the real characters, it was the most beautiful thing in the world for them,” says her mother, Annabelle Meilleur. The family had had their tickets for two years and were looking forward to this day.

  • Sarah Comeau, 6, and her older sister Marianne, 11, thoroughly enjoyed the various moments Passe-Montagne played the clown.  Regular viewers of Passe-Partout as children, his parents, Chantal Comeau and Sylvain Gingras, were thrilled to be able to experience this moment with their daughters.  “Perhaps I would have liked Jacques L'Heureux or Marie Eykel to come and take a look.  A small cameo”, the father dreams aloud.  The idea is launched.

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    Sarah Comeau, 6, and her older sister Marianne, 11, thoroughly enjoyed the various moments Passe-Montagne played the clown. frequent viewers of It goes everywhere When they were young, their parents, Chantal Comeau and Sylvain Gingras, were thrilled to experience this moment with their daughters. “Perhaps I would have liked Jacques L’Heureux or Marie Eykel to come and take a look. A small cameo”, the father dreams aloud. He throws up the idea.

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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.

More information

  • 40
    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.

    5
    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.

    Tele-Quebec


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