Playing in a musical, Delphine Morissette dreamed of it since childhood, when the little “showgirl” that she was gave shows in her living room “à. all. THE. days,” she recalls, laughing, emphasizing every word. Grown up, she could not have hoped for a more dazzling baptism than the one she is currently experiencing in the hippie costumes of Hair.
Member of the extended ensemble with more than twenty voices, Delphine Morissette performs in almost all the paintings of the rolling fire of choreography that is Hair and pushes the note everywhere, not interpreting a character. defined. An ideal initiation for the one who, as a child, had warmed up for seven years in the decorations of the December fresco, of Quebec Issime, and who, last year, coached behind the scenes the girls starring in Annie, previous musical opus from Just for Laughs.
“This is my first role in a musical. I’m not asking for much! Just to have a few solo sentences, here and there, I was very satisfied, ”says a bright-eyed Delphine, met in the hall of the St-Denis Theater before a performance.
To meet this challenge, she forced herself to take singing lessons, the vocal aspect intimidating her more than the rest. For movement, it was fine. “My mom tucked me into a dance studio when I was 2,” she laughs. On the strength of what she has learned over the past few months, she says she is proud to show that she can, in the same breath, play, sing and dance. “It’s a great achievement for me to be in this project! »
The director Serge Denoncourt speaks of his new protégé, discovered thanks to Annie, as a “great worker”, very humble.
Wise, dubbing herself “Aunt Delphine,” the 20-year-old soul vicariously lives in Hair the madness of 1960s adolescence, sex, drugs and bell bottoms. Even a short snippet of frontal nudity included halfway through the segue. “It was a come to think of it!” Getting naked at the St-Denis Theater is no small feat. But it was so well addressed by Serge. He knew what it meant to us. And everyone does it with respect. We don’t judge each other…”
Is the presence of Delphine Morissette in Hair alongside Éléonore Lagacé, Philippe Touzel, Kevin Houle and Sarah-Maude Desgagnés a clever marketing trick? No, assures Serge Denoncourt laughing.
“There’s half the cast who don’t even know it’s ‘the daughter of’. She doesn’t talk about it at all. The only one making jokes about it is me. »
“I don’t have a main role,” puts Delphine into perspective. I’m not on the poster! »
There you go, the herd of elephants in the room are unleashed. But the main interested party has seen others. Questions about her parents’ involvement in her young career – they encourage her, without pushing her –, about the privileges they could bring her – she wants to audition like her colleagues and does not hope for any privileges, multiplying courses and training – the eldest of Véronique Cloutier and Louis Morissette has already answered it a thousand times, and a little more.
The status of her parents apparently excites the young woman’s interlocutors more than herself, who leads her merry way with ease, relying first on her studies in management at university to forge a future. Proposals like his columns at Bonsoir bonsoir! last year and her other commitments in the artistic world are a candy that she tastes as a side.
The student, who is the spitting image of her aunt Stephanie (she is often reminded of this), seems endowed with the perfect blend of mum’s artistic temperament and dad’s entrepreneurial and rational forces.
“Everything my mother touches in the arts, being up front, variety shows, interests me, and that’s one of my goals,” she explains. And I have the same character as my father, I know where I’m going. Get away! [laughs] I think my dad and I would work really well together because of that. »
She and her brother Justin (18), her sister Raphaëlle (13) are already involved to the extent of their abilities in the Véro Foundation