The Mic-Mac Theater and Roberval’s La Valise Animee share seven nominations at the 12th edition of the Gala des Arlequins. The productions of the two theater companies of the municipality of Lac-Saint-Jean attracted the attention of the jury of the event which aims to promote and recognize the work of the amateur theater artisans of the province by awarding prizes for the best theatrical productions in Quebec.
The two companies will travel to Carleton-sur-Mer in Gaspesie on June 15 to participate in the gala held by the Quebec Federation of Amateur Theater.
The Mic-Mac Theater has won three nominations for its play Une mort accidentelle presented in April 2018. The play directed by Émilie Gilbert-Gagnon is in the running in the category Jury Prize and Best Scenography (Vicky Tremblay). Etienne Genest, who starred in the role of Philippe Desormeaux, is also a finalist in the Young Mention category.
François Archambault’s comedy featured Gervais Arcand, Valérie Bélair, France Donaldson, Stephan Dore, Celine Gagnon, Ursule Garneau, Étienne Genest, Denis Lavoie, Melanie Tremblay and Sonia Tremblay. The sets were made by Vicky Tremblay, costumes by Melanie Tremblay and lights designed by Gervais Arcand.
The piece L’écrit du corps, presented by the Theater de La Valise Anime last November, stands out with four nominations. The production created by Rejean Gauthier and the Art-Corps collective in collaboration with Theater Mic-Mac is in the category of Best Dramatic Production. The piece is also nominated in the category Best Direction (Réjean Gauthier), Best Scenography (Rejean Gauthier) and Best Musical Screen.
The poetic and theatrical pamphlet on the memory of time and the body brought together on stage France Donaldson, Celine Gagnon, Lise Gagnon, Ursule Garneau, Francine Joncas, Lise Ouellet and Jocelyne Simard, actresses of 60 years and more. The director Réjean Gauthier was assisted by Sonia Tremblay and Gervais Arcand in the lighting.
In addition, both productions have been selected to represent Quebec at the Mont-Laurier International Theater Festival in September. This is a first presence for La Valise Animée and a 5th participation for Theater Mic-Mac. The event will bring together more than 25 troops from around the world.