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La foi dans l'art

. Les Clercs de Saint-Viateur à Joliette


Artisan de la renaissance du théâtre au Québec


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Jonathas de Gustave Lamarche, c.s.v., un succès publique et critique


Un des hauts lieux du théâtre collégial


Le premier à faire jouer Claudel au pays



College theatre

In the classical education developed by the Jesuits in the 16th century, rhetoric was held in high esteem, and theatre played an important role. It is worth noting that Corneille, Molière and Voltaire were first introduced to the theatre as students under the Jesuits.

French Canadian colleges inherited this theatrical tradition, which truly came into its own around 1850. Students performed not only classical works, but comedies, operettas and farces as well.

Outside the colleges, the theatre was less popular and tended to be limited to performances of light comedies. In the early 1930s, however, a theatrical revival was spurred by Gustave Lamarche, c.s.v., and Émile Legault, a father of Saint-Croix. Thanks to their efforts, serious theatre regained its rightful place and its status as a great art. Through Christian theatre, the two men paved the way for the renaissance of the theatre.

Of the four colleges most active in mounting plays, two were run by the Clerics of St. Viator--Collège Bourget, in Rigaud, and the Séminaire de Joliette--one by the Jesuits--Collège Sainte-Marie--and one by the Fathers of Sainte-Croix--Collège de Saint-Laurent.

The Clerics of St. Viator enjoyed tremendous popular and critical success in 1933 with Jonathas, a play by Gustave Lamarche.


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