Les Belles Soeurs at Thorneloe

February 10, 2011

Michel Tremblay classic Les Belles Soeurs at Thorneloe
For a certain generation of Canadians, licking books of savings stamps to win prizes does not seem that long ago.

In Michel Tremblay’s exceedingly popular and most translated comedic work, Les Belles Soeurs, Germaine Lauzon, (played by Thorneloe’s Kelsey Rutledge) has won a million gold savings stamps and must glue them into stamp booklets in order to claim her pot of gold. The ecstatic Lauzon has arrived at the turning point of her life with plans to renovate and redecorate her entire home with the windfall. But she needs the help of family, friends and neighbours to accomplish the enormous stamp-pasting task. What ensues is pure Michel Tremblay magic. Les Belles Soeurs, playing at Thorneloe March 10-19, is one of the most iconic and beloved Canadian plays ever produced. How will those she trusts most sabotage her dreams?

Directed by Thorneloe Professor, Patricia Tedford, professional actor, and stage managed by Taylor Gagne of Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program, Les Belles Soeurs has fifteen women cast as middle class, frustrated Quebecois. The women’s only hope of escaping their humdrum lives is to score big in a contest and they play every game that comes their way.

Besides Kelsey Rutledge as Germaine Lauzon, the cast includes many seasoned Thorneloe acting students: Fijona Brinkman (Rose), Emilie Lalonde (Gabrielle), Kelsie Bennett (Pierette), Cora Eckert (Linda), Brittany McNamara (Angeline), Nina Nesseth (Rheauna), Clare Andrews (Lisette), Emma Borsa (Therese), Shaye Wiebe (Olivine), Tiffany Mayne (Marie-Ange), Jocelyn Dotta (Des-Neiges), Tara MacTaggart (Lise), Alex McGillis (Ginette) and Jackie Miller (Yvette).

Set Design is by Cambrian College’s professional set designer, Bob Ivey, with lighting by the Cambrian College Technical Theatre coordinator Ken Salah. Costume Design is by Brent Perrin. Garrett Jewell is in charge of Sound Design. Cambrian College Technical Theatre students have been charged with solving all technical requirements of the lavish production under the guidance of Ken Salah.

Michel Tremblay’s searing look at the lives of working class Montreal housewives in the 1960’s plays March 10-12 and 17-19 at 8 pm at Thorneloe Theatre on the Laurentian University campus. All shows are at 8 pm except opening night, Thursday, March 10. On that night, a Gala evening, which includes the naming of the theatre, the play begins at 7 pm.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults. They are available in downtown Sudbury at Black Cat on Durham Street, at the Thorneloe office and at the door. For ticket reservations call Thorneloe at 705-673-1730 ext 0 or e-mail

Presented in English
Adult Themes, Strong Language

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