Our story

By les mots s'animent

120528_lms0072-copie-300x186The story of the troupe Les mots s’animent began in 2003. After graduating from Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe Theatre School, Julie Labrosse, founder of Les mots s’animent, felt a strong desire to share her passion for reading. Inspired by a dramatic reading she attended in high school, she decided to immerse herself in the experience and get other people hooked on reading too.

Julie soon teamed up with Jérome Roy, Evelyne St-Pierre and other trained actors in a quest to present new authors and visions of the world. Today, the troupe has grown to include teams performing in primary and secondary schools across Quebec and other provinces. For the troupe, each and every experience is rewarding. We now collaborate with organizations such as the Literacy Foundation, L’école et les arts, Communication-Jeunesse and the Culture in the Schools program, and perform at book fairs, cultural events such as Petits bonheurs, le rendez-vous culturel des tout-petits and other venues. In response to popular demand, we have created permanent teams of actors in the Abitibi region as well as in Quebec City. In 2016, we will also open chapters in Ontario and New Brunswick, as Les mots s’animent sets foot in the realm of English literature!

What fuels our desire to read for young audiences?

Reading aloud allows young people steeped in oral culture to hear and enjoy listening to the written word. For voice gives meaning to text, making it come alive and helping its comprehension. The reading voice serves to create mental images, stir up questions and provoke reactions. Reading a story out loud starts a conversation; the written word takes on the power of speech and gives children a new perspective of the world and its horizons. Students discover new genres and authors, while learning to appreciate the quality of a text. In a word, literature becomes more accessible to children, so that they may once again enjoy reading, especially those for whom the obligation of reading for school has left feeling confused or turned off.

(Reference: Jean-Luc Despertz, “Lire à voix haute”)