Conte-moi ça at the Toronto Public Library

Theatre company Productions Nemesis has presented, on two occasions now, my interactive theatre for kids concept, Conte-moi ça, at the Toronto Public Library. Geared toward 5-10 year olds, the 50-minute show in French reinvents fairy tales according to audience suggestions. Thanks to talented improv collaborators, the kids see Hansel and Gretel eat lots of spaghetti – in addition to a candy house – and see Cinderella meet Elsa at the ball instead of the prince.

Following the latest Conte-moi ça, which was played at the Richview branch of TPL, the librarian shared this comment:

« Thank you for arranging this wonderful program. Productions Nemesis gave fast paced, funny and gripping performance today, great stories, props and costumes. I created a display of Fairy Tale books from our Children’s French collection to complement, and made sure no one walked out of the room without a book (s) to take home. »

Glad we could contribute to the next generation’s joy of reading!

Improv actor C. Berthiaume in wolf hat and white, clawed gloves plays a wolf in Conte-moi ça interactive theatre for kids.

Hansel and Gretel also met a confused wolf as they traipsed around the Toronto Public Library’s Richview branch.

A Look Back at The Letter at the Toronto Fringe Festival

Productions Nemesis’ The Letter was a great success at the Toronto Fringe Festival this summer.

We met all of our artistic goals: we presented all ten shows, in spite of torrential rains and oppressive heat, and we had terrific, participating audiences that provided us with over 75 letters on which we based our improv sketches.

Samples of letters received from the audience of The Letter at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival

Samples of letters received from the audience of The Letter at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival

Here are some comments from the audience:

« Wonderful Impro’s.  Creative acting.  Perfect MC’ing.  Great weather start.  Lousy weather finish.
Very well written Monologue.  Well acted, as well. » – Erik H.
« J’étais impressionnée par les talents des comédiennes. » – Merle H.
« The Letter [is] awesome! » – Sophie T.
« J’ai adoré! » – Suzie B.

 

Here are articles about the show:

THE LETTER / LA LETTRE AU FRINGE: CORRESPONDANCE IMPROVISÉE

Les Productions Nemesis présente The Letter / La lettre au festival théâtral Fringe de Toronto

And I am happy to announce that we will present The Letter (La lettre) again in Toronto in September (in French), during Culture Days, thanks to the support of the Toronto Public Library. We hope to see you there! 

One Week to the Toronto Fringe Festival and The Letter!

Fun and constructive rehearsal today, for The Letter / La lettre, Productions Nemesis’ next show, at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Come write letters with us!

Improv artists Audrey Ferron, Barbara-Audrey Bergeron and Catherine Berthiaume are awaiting your letters at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival

Improv artists Audrey Ferron, Barbara-Audrey Bergeron and Catherine Berthiaume are awaiting your letters at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival

Following two successful improvisation shows, Meurtre littéraire in September 2012 and Effeuilletage in April 2013, bilingual theatre company Productions Nemesis returns with The Letter / La lettre at the 25th Toronto Fringe Festival, July 3-14, 2013.

One of three Pay What You Can plays to share the outdoors tent space at the Fringe Club in Honest Ed’s Parking Lot, The Letter / La lettre invites its audience to bring letters to the show to inspire an improv sketch. For those who wish to write a letter on site, stationery will be provided.

“We’ve experimented with interactive improvisation before, and had a lot of fun with our audience,” says Sonia D’Amico, director. “Our blend of staged theatre and improvised sketch is an intriguing challenge. Throw in there that we will play in both English and French, and we’ve got ourselves a show that lends itself very well to our unique venue.”

Featuring Barbara-Audrey Bergeron, Audrey Ferron, and Catherine Berthiaume, researched and written by A.M. Matte and yet-to-be-discovered audience members, The Letter / La lettre is on stage (or, more precisely, under canopy) from July 3 to 14:

Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 4, 4 p.m.

Friday, July 5, 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 6, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7, 3 p.m.

Monday, July 8, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.