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Big News: Evergreen Theatre addition to become reality

This artist’s concept drawing shows what Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville will look like after an addition expected to be completed this year. The addition is possible because of federal and provincial funding to the tune of $150,000, and money fundraised locally and donations from local businesses.
This artist’s concept drawing shows what Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville will look like after an addition expected to be completed this year. The addition is possible because of federal and provincial funding to the tune of $150,000, and money fundraised locally and donations from local businesses.

EAST MARGARETSVILLE - There’s big news up on the Fundy shore. The long-anticipated addition to Evergreen Theatre is going to happen this year.

“After 16 years of hosting a wide variety of the performing arts from Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and beyond in our rather humble surroundings, we are leaping from the 19th to the 21st century,” said manager David O’Leary.

“Although our converted 1850s former Baptist Church offers unparalleled acoustics and a warm intimate audience experience, we are lacking a few conveniences which modern audiences and artists seem to expect, which are mostly connected to our lack of plumbing,” he said.

Although that minor drawback did not deter Evergreen from presenting 20-plus shows every year (Jill Barber, Bif Naked, Quartetto Gelato, Claire Lynch, and David Francey among others in 2016), they’re looking forward to their five new washrooms, dressing rooms, lobby, and café. “Those who fear that the charms of the Evergreen may be destroyed by these improvements may rest easy as the actual auditorium will be mostly untouched by the changes,” O’Leary said. “We have our doubts that few will miss the blue, plastic portapotty nestled artfully by our fire escape.”

 

Canada 150

O’Leary said Evergreen Theatre is happy to salute the 150th birthday of Canada (“almost as old as our building”) and fittingly major funding of $100,125 is being provided to this project by the the federal government through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

An additional $50,000 has come from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Other amounts have been received from business (notably RBC, Scotiabank and Investors) and many individuals.

Construction will start this spring as soon as weather allows, O’Leary said.

“Meanwhile a last fundraising initiative aimed at the community will take us over the top of our financial commitment to this project,” O’Leary said.

“The expansion of the Evergreen Theatre will improve the association’s ability to attract talent to the region, draw larger audiences, and help drive economic activity,” said Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program allows Ottawa to follow through on its promise to renovate, expand, and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure, Fraser said.

 

Online

Visit www.evergreentheatre (go to Great News) to see the modernistic look of the soon-to-come addition and to catch a glimpse of the theatre’s 2017 season.

“After 16 years of hosting a wide variety of the performing arts from Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and beyond in our rather humble surroundings, we are leaping from the 19th to the 21st century,” said manager David O’Leary.

“Although our converted 1850s former Baptist Church offers unparalleled acoustics and a warm intimate audience experience, we are lacking a few conveniences which modern audiences and artists seem to expect, which are mostly connected to our lack of plumbing,” he said.

Although that minor drawback did not deter Evergreen from presenting 20-plus shows every year (Jill Barber, Bif Naked, Quartetto Gelato, Claire Lynch, and David Francey among others in 2016), they’re looking forward to their five new washrooms, dressing rooms, lobby, and café. “Those who fear that the charms of the Evergreen may be destroyed by these improvements may rest easy as the actual auditorium will be mostly untouched by the changes,” O’Leary said. “We have our doubts that few will miss the blue, plastic portapotty nestled artfully by our fire escape.”

 

Canada 150

O’Leary said Evergreen Theatre is happy to salute the 150th birthday of Canada (“almost as old as our building”) and fittingly major funding of $100,125 is being provided to this project by the the federal government through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

An additional $50,000 has come from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Other amounts have been received from business (notably RBC, Scotiabank and Investors) and many individuals.

Construction will start this spring as soon as weather allows, O’Leary said.

“Meanwhile a last fundraising initiative aimed at the community will take us over the top of our financial commitment to this project,” O’Leary said.

“The expansion of the Evergreen Theatre will improve the association’s ability to attract talent to the region, draw larger audiences, and help drive economic activity,” said Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program allows Ottawa to follow through on its promise to renovate, expand, and improve existing community and cultural infrastructure, Fraser said.

 

Online

Visit www.evergreentheatre (go to Great News) to see the modernistic look of the soon-to-come addition and to catch a glimpse of the theatre’s 2017 season.

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