Meet the Joe who dreams of becoming famous

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ABRAM-VILLAGE - École Évangéline students will present the play, "C'est moi le Joe," on Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Expo Festival Centre in Abram-Village. This one-night only event promises laughs and great entertainment for the entire family as it follows small-town hero, Joe LeHaut, in his quest to become famous.

École Évangéline Arts and Culture Specialization students rehearse a scene from the play, "C'est moi le Joe," which they are presenting at Expo Festival Centre in Abram-Village on Thursday. Rémie Bémole (Emilie Montgomery) tries to convince Joe LeHaut (Eddie Arsenault) that singing will make him famous. Ariel Grandjeté (Nicola Wall), Channel Beckham (Valerie Duguay) and Luna (Mélanie McQuaid) disagree.

“C’est moi le Joe,” written and performed by École Évangéline Arts and Culture Specialization students, has been the principal focus of the class this semester. From décor to costumes as well as showcasing part of their play at the Mont-Carmel Hall on May 4, the group’s “all-in” attitude is certainly showing, notes their director and teacher, Nathalie LeBlanc.

“The students have created appealing characters and a humoristic text,” says LeBlanc. “We have a small class of five talented and motivated students who have made enormous progress since the beginning of the semester. For the only boy, the challenge will be to be on stage for almost the entire play. For the girls, the challenge will be to play multiple characters.”

“C’est moi le Joe” offers plenty of humour as Joe learns to sing, to act, to dance, and to be fashionable. He must also manage his daughter, his assistant, his biggest fan, and a well-known celebrity.

The students have also benefited from the expertise of Chuck Arsenault, who is co-ordinator of the specialization project and who has many years of experience on stage. Also, the students had the chance to work on the play’s set with grades 8 and 9 students from École-sur-Mer under the artistic direction of Lucie Bellemare.

“We have been working on this play since February,” explains one of the students, Nicola Wall. “We invented characters, wrote the text, and began rehearsals. We had a lot of fun putting our play together, and we hope you will have a lot of fun when you come see it.”

In addition to the performance on Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. for the public, the Arts and Culture Specialization students will perform for École Évangéline's Grade 7 to Grade 12 students on Thursday afternoon.

Entry to the performances is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

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