Encouraged by the success of last summer’s dinner-theatre production, even in pandemic times, the Village musical acadien has invited Albert Arsenault and Hélène Bergeron to put on a second edition of their French show, La Veillée au Village, in Abram-Village this summer.
The brother and sister duo, both former members of the internationally renowned group Barachois, are busy preparing La Veillée au Village 2022. The two playwrights/directors say they will be using the same format they used last year, “a kind of music and comedy revue-type show that was popular back in the ’50s.” In those days, when variety shows like this were shown on radio or television, there was always a master of ceremonies who introduced the acts and presented “live” commercials, and La Veillée au Village will again be presented in that style. And, the duo shares, it will contain just as much, if not more, comedy and silliness interspersed with songs and lively fiddle tunes, as well as a lot of surprises, interesting costumes and sets.
The 2022 cast will feature Louise Arsenault (Barachois, Gadelle, Les Girls) and two of her children: Jonathan Arsenault, a guitar-picking singer, and Angie Arsenault, a professional singer and musician. All three have performed in many dinner-theatre shows, some as far back as La Cuisine à Mémé in Mont-Carmel in the 1990s. Actor-musicians Dawson Arsenault (Paloudes) and Shane Arsenault (Mailloche) round out the cast. Dawson and Shane are no strangers to the stage and recently contributed vocally and/or musically to albums such as Des vieilles nouvelles by local youth and Yousque l’hell by the group Aubin pi la scb.
La Veillée au Village 2022 will be presented Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm from July 6 to August 31. Tickets must be reserved or purchased in advance at villagemusical.ca or at the Village musical acadien reception desk.