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Alumna rides challenging ‘River’ in production

by Adela Talbot, Western News | October 19, 2016

Louise Pitre in River.
Louise Pitre, BMus’79, DMus’06, takes the stage with Emm Gryner and Brendan Wall this week, performing in Joni Mitchell: River, a theatrical concert at The Grand Theatre in London. (Adela Talbot/Western News)

On paper, it was not her style. But that is exactly why Louise Pitre accepted the gig.

“Joni Mitchell is the last thing I though I would be singing on stage. I know her famous songs, but I never owned any of her albums. I thought, ‘Oh my god. It’s just not my thing.’ So, it was a very cool challenge,” said Pitre, BMus’79, DMus’06, known as Canada’s first lady of musical theatre.

Opening this week at The Grand Theatre, Joni Mitchell: River celebrates the music of one of Canada’s iconic artists. Pitre will take the stage with Emm Gryner and Brendan Wall, performing with a four-piece band and collectively singing 29 songs, including Help MeBig Yellow Taxi and Both Sides Now. Created and directed by Allen MacInnis, the theatrical concert is a tribute to Mitchell, though not one that aims to mimic her style, Pitre said.

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