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Louise Pitre's Triumphant Return

Spend 15 minutes on the phone with Louise Pitre and you'll definitely want to take in Theatre Calgary's current show.
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Spend 15 minutes on the phone with Louise Pitre and you'll definitely want to take in Theatre Calgary's current show. Pitre, 59, plays the Snake in the theatrical adaptation of the popular children's book The Little Prince, and the excitement in her voice when it comes to the show is catching. She speaks of the amazing costume design, the no-set set (that is, there is no actual set, just a lot of props that come in and out throughout the production), the thrill of working with her husband, of returning to Calgary and having the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends. "It's a great theatre, it's a great space," says Pitre. "I love Calgary. I really do. And, now my husband and I have nephews and nieces who live here. So we have quite a bit of family in this neck of the woods. It's really great all around."

The Little Prince has been called "a tender tale of love, loneliness, friendship and imagination." With a long and impressive resume, one might think Pitre has seen and done it all. That's not the case, she says, "I haven't felt this way in a very long time. I'm over the moon to be doing this," she says. "I have the most outrageous costume I think I have ever worn. It is fantastic." Pitre is a veteran of musical theatre, from being the original star of Mamma Mia! in Toronto and on Broadway (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award) to playing Fantine in Les Miserables in Toronto, Montreal and Paris. During her last production with Theatre Calgary in 1997 (Piaf), she played the lead role.

Theatre Calgary deems the show great for children and adults alike. The full-length musical follows the well-known story of a pilot who crashes in the middle of the Sahara Desert and meets a young prince from a distant asteroid. The novel of the same name was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery in 1943 and has been translated into more than 250 languages.

*The Little Prince opened on Jan. 19 and runs through to Feb. 28.