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Loise Pitr


Louise Pitre Partridge Hall MEMBERS: $39.95 REGULAR: $47


7:30PM Thurs 3 Dec


Louise Pitre wasn’t born in Niagara, but she certainly has roots in the region. Her family moved from Montreal to Welland when she was 13. She was the girl at the French school, who couldn’t speak English. While attending the bilingual Ecole Secondaire Confederation she was a bit of an outsider as her classmates never spoke French socially.


Pitre is rarely in one place for long. Which is why it was a lucky break to be able to catch up to her at the family farmhouse near Alliston recently.


Since last appearing in St. Catharines in the spring of 2011, she has performed in countless concerts in Canada and the U.S., including starring in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut and finally playing her dream role of Mama Rose in Gypsy with famed director Gary Griffin at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.


If that weren’t enough, she teamed up with some fellow performers to start a new musical theatre company known as Theatre20, and she and husband Joe Matheson just did a brand-new


show of Frank Loesser songs called Luck Be A Lady in Sarasota, Florida.


Louise and Joe will be preparing to spend this winter in Calgary staging a brand-new musical The Little Prince, featuring music by Nicolas Lloyd- Webber, the son of Sir Andrew. She says “that should be interesting. I play the snake!”


When she arrives in St. Catharines this December, Louise will be performing a mix of Broadway and French material, including songs by Piaf, Gilles Vigneault and Aznavour. Also included will be the requisite show- stoppers from Gypsy, Mame and of course, Mamma Mia.


Louise appeared in Mamma Mia for three-and-a-half years, and she says the experience blew her away: “It was the biggest surprise of my career! The initial surprise was the fact a musical full of Abba songs would be what took me to Broadway. Oh my goodness, if you had said that to me years before I would have laughed!”


Also included will be a few original songs she wrote for a self-penned one-woman show On The Rocks that premiered in Toronto in 2013. “It was my first script and I made it autobiographical” she says, “I co- wrote the songs with my husband and it was the biggest undertaking of my career.”


Recently, Louise starred in a new show of Charles Aznavour songs in Toronto called What Makes A Man. “But I had to sing them in English, which basically killed me” she says. “His lyrics are what get to me; I adore his choice of words, the way he paints a complete picture in a most poetic yet somehow real way.”


Aznavour’s music, Louise points out, “is so perfectly suited to his lyrics it makes no sense to sing them any other way. “Je Bois” is one of those perfect songs.


It’s like reading a novel.


By the time you get to the end of the song, you know this person’s story, the history, the emotion, the fear, the pity, the spit…it’s all right there in full colour!”


- Mike Saunders WebOfFineMusic.ca


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