Meet the new pup­pet mas­ter

Mer­maid The­atre wel­comes Danny Ever­son as gen­eral man­ager

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY COLIN CHISHOLM WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA Colin.chisholm@hantsjournal.ca

Danny Ever­son is ready to bring a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence from the art and en­ter­tain­ment world to Windsor’s sto­ried Mer­maid The­atre.

Ever­son cur­rently lives in Mait­land with his hus­band, where they run Bing’s Eatery and Ti­dal Life Guest­house, a farm-to-ta­ble fine din­ing restau­rant. He orig­i­nally hails from Vir­ginia and has stud­ied and worked all over North Amer­ica.

“I started back in March when I came here just to check out this space and found out they were look­ing for some­body in the fu­ture,” Ever­son said. “And then six months went by, sev­eral in­ter- views later, and here I am.”

Ever­son re­ceived a bach­e­lor of arts in mu­sic from the Univer­sity of Tampa and a mas­ters of fine arts in pro­duc­ing for the­ater and film from the Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of the Arts.

He has a long re­sume in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, hav­ing helmed artis­tic and de­vel­op­ment op­er­a­tions at the Wooten Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les, Shriners Hospi­tals for Chil­dren, NBC Univer­sal, and the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety be­fore mov­ing to Hants County to set­tle down and get back to the land.

But he re­al­ized that the art world —specif­i­cally pro­duc­ing — is where his heart was.

“Even be­fore this, I had an ac­tive in­ter­est in pup­petry. At grad school, I had an op­por­tu­nity to work with the in­fa­mous Janie Geiser, the Jim Hen­son of pup­peteers in the avant-garde world,” he said.

“I had some in­ten­sive classes with her and learned quite a bit about pup­petry that I couldn’t have even imag­ined and fell in love with the art form. I think young and old, pup­pets can be ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Ever­son said he’s hop­ing to sup­port and con­tinue Mer­maid’s suc­cess with in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions, as well as em­pow­er­ing Mar­itime artists.

Fell in love with Nova Sco­tia

“I re­al­ized quickly that Nova Sco­tians are the salt of the earth. I live in a com­mu­nity where we all look out for one an­other,” he said. “I mean, there’s not many of us, 351, now 352, there’s been a cou­ple of births, so we’re grow­ing in Mait­land.”

Al­though still new to the Windsor area, he said he’s found peo­ple have been ex­tremely wel­com­ing.

Cur­rently he’s work­ing on get­ting their next new show off the ground, Rain­bow Fish, by Swiss writer Mar­cus Pfis­ter.

It’s go­ing to pre­mier in New Jersey, with a Nova Sco­tia pre­mier in 2018.

“I’m su­per ex­cited about that,” he said. “I’ve seen some of the pup­pets that are com­ing to life and it’s hard to com­mu­ni­cate it un­til you’ve seen them come to life.”

Ever­son said he has some new ideas for the com­pany as well, but he’s keep­ing those plans un­der wraps — to avoid spoil­ing things be­fore they hap­pen.

A one-day sui­cide preven­tion gath­er­ing will take place on Nov. 17 at Bri­gadoon Vil­lage, in Ayles­ford Lake

Peer Sup­port and Life Pro­mo­tion is the fourth an­nual sui­cide con­fer­ence hosted by the An­napo­lis Val­ley CAST (Com­mu­ni­ties’ Ad­dress­ing Sui­cide To­gether) Coali­tion. CAST works to pre­vent sui­cide and to sup­port those who have lost a loved one by sui­cide.

Feel­ing heard and sup­ported by some­one who shares the knowl­edge of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence can make all the dif­fer­ence. Yet, what are the el­e­ments of peer sup­port that truly help an­other? When is a peer or com­mu­nity ready to of­fer peer coun­selling, and how can ef­fec­tive peer pro­grams be sus­tained and nour­ished? In what way can com­mu­ni­ties nur­ture peer sup­port in our com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to chal­lenge de­spair and pro­mote hope?

CAST will ex­plore these and other ques­tions in an at­mos­phere of in­quiry and life pro­mo­tion

The day will be­gin with Hey Cuzzins, a drum­ming and singing group from Len­nox Is­land, PEI, where the mem­bers work as a sup­port group for each other. Their motto is “Live by the Drum `Sing for My Peo­ple `and live in a pos­i­tive life style.

Fea­tured speak­ers will in­clude a pre­sen­ta­tion by Tracey Lynn Skin­ner, co-chair­woman of the Vic­tims of In­sti­tu­tional Child­hood Ex­ploita­tion So­ci­ety; Bruce Dienes on peer sup­port as a unique al­ter­na­tive set­ting for heal­ing and growth; Asha Crog­gon on peer sup­port as an is­sue of jus­tice; Laing House on sus­tain­ing qual­ity peer sup­port; and Candy O’ Brien on how peer sup­port has af­fected my life.

Peer Sup­port and Life Pro­mo­tion will be held in part­ner­ship with Nova Sco­tia Health Author­ity, Kings County Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion, In­jury Free Nova Sco­tia and Green­wood Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre.

Regis­ter on line at www.val­l­ey­cast.ca. The cost is $30 for the day, with the event run­ning from 8 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. on Nov. 17.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Bring­ing a long re­sume in the art and en­ter­tain­ment world, Danny Ever­son said he’s ready to bring for­ward some new ideas at Mer­maid The­atre as the new gen­eral man­ager.

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