Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Who knows what the musical will bring?

Local school to put on its first bilingual musical in 20 years

  • Print

There’s more than an element of the unknown about Collège Jeanne-Sauvé’s latest musical production.


Members of the St. Vital-based French Immersion school will perform Qui Sait?...Who Knows? — its first bilingual musical production for 20 years — from Feb. 7 to 9 at Centre culturel franco-manitobain at 340 Provencher Blvd.


The story, written by teacher Philippe Habeck, who is also the play’s director, centres around a parent-teacher night that occurs during a freak snowstorm, which keeps the characters captive and forces them deal with various misunderstandings and cultural conflicts.


"The play looks at both the English and francophone perspectives and these two solitudes. The problem here in Canada is that the two sides don’t always want to talk. So we’re using the backdrop of an evening at school where all proverbial hell breaks loose," Habeck said, noting there will be musical numbers in the style of the hit TV show Glee.


"Some of the characters only speak one language, but we’re looking at the theme of duality. There doesn’t have to be two solitudes. The show is fun and family-appropriate and talks about what it means to be here in Canada," Habeck said.


The show’s eclectic cast of characters includes some jocks looking for love, artists looking for understanding, parents who can’t stand each other and teachers who just want to help, Habeck said.   


He hopes the show — which includes 19 cast members, six band members, three backup singers and a large student team from different grades working behind the scenes — will be enjoyed by the school’s community, including former students.


"As teachers, I think we do our productions for the community," Habeck said, noting the school’s last musical show was Anne of Green Gables 20 years ago. "We’re hoping both parents and former students will come to see the show, as they will understand the French and English issues."


Habeck, who lives in St. Boniface, said the idea for the show came about when he was approached by members of the school’s physical education department. He also credits the commitment of the students to the project, considering their busy schedules.


"It can be very difficult to get these kids all together, as they have exams, jobs and play on sports teams, but they’re incredible students," he said.


Student Stefan Padeanu, 18, who has a lead role in the show, has found it a rewarding experience, especially considering its historical context.


"My character is generally down-to-earth and a nice guy. He’s really just looking to have a happy life," said Padeanu, who lives in south St. Vital. "I know the history between the French and the English in Canada and now we’re one country. Hopefully one day we’ll resolve this."
"It’s been really amazing how people can come together in a short space of time and work together. I think the show reflects that."


The school matinees will be on Feb. 7 and 8 at 9:45 a.m. and a Saturday matinee will run in Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. There will also be three nightly shows at 7:30 p.m. Admission prices vary.


simon.fuller@canstarnews.com

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

How many Fringe shows have you attended or plan to attend this year?

View Results