Tonight the QW4RTZ vocal quartet kicks off the return of indoor shows at the J.-Antonio-Thompson Hall.
For the occasion, François Pothier Bouchard, Louis Alexandre Beauchemin, François “Fa2” Dubé and Philippe Courchesne have designed a show where they will serve as improvisations, unpublished numbers, exchanges with the public and certain anthology numbers.
“It’s always special to come and do a show in Trois-Rivières. This time around, we couldn’t just put on an ordinary show. We therefore prepared an exclusive show, ”emphasizes Louis Alexandre Beauchemin.
“There are numbers on our tour that are no longer done in COVID-19 times for staging or choreography reasons. It happened that we all sang into the same microphone or, for the comic effect, that we sang two inches from the face of others. Let’s say that this is no longer done, ”adds François“ Fa2 ”Dubé.
For this first relaunch show, Culture Trois-Rivières made various adjustments to ensure the safety of spectators and employees.
The lobby is now reserved for people who collect their tickets at the box office. Entrance for ticket holders to the floor is from the side of the Thompson Hall, opposite the Innovation and Economic Development offices. As for ticket holders on the balcony, they will be able to access their seats by entering through the door of the Foyer Gilles-Beaudoin.
“These areas were created to avoid mixing and the risk of contagion,” explains Mélanie Brisebois, director of performing arts at Culture Trois-Rivières. Customers will also follow one-way traffic through the building, including to the bathroom. There was a certain challenge, in that the aisles are narrower than in other rooms and the seats are also smaller. We had to take into account all these variables and more. ”
In the room, a distance of 1.5 meters is respected between each family unit. Once seated in their seat, spectators can remove their mask.
The QW4RTZ show is sold out with 250 spectators. This represents a quarter of the capacity of the room.
Other shows to come
On September 19, a comedy evening entitled “Parallel Project!” Will be held. This is a light and distanced formula where three comedians will perform in turn. Spectators will attend performances by Sam Breton, Patrick Groulx and Guillaume Pineault.
The play Bang, a mix of thriller and comedy in which the main character tries to piece together the night before, will premiere on September 26. Denis Bouchard will offer a presentation of the play in the form of a reading, where he is alone on stage and where he plays all the characters.
The mini-series concludes on October 23 with the show Les Trifluviennes are coming to town where song, humor, theater and poetry come together to offer a feminine and personal portrait of the city of Trois-Rivières through the voices of Manon Brunet, Fabiola Toupin and Camille Bourgeois.
The Philanthropic Caravan to welcome spectators
Thanks to a partnership with Cogeco, the Caravane Philanthrope will entertain spectators who will have to wait outside the Thompson room before entering the theater.
The acrobats and musicians of the Caravane Philanthrope will be at the rendezvous for QW4RTZ this evening, but also for the performances of the Parallel Project (September 19) and Bang (September 26). The entertainment will start one hour before the start of the show.
Cogeco donated $ 10,000 to the organization to finance the artists’ fees, as well as a series of humanitarian clowns in the CHSLDs in the Mauricie region.