Who’s Who

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs!

Who’s Who: Pam Moore and David Myles: Agatha’s Auteurs! By Mike Butler Whether reading or watching a mystery, you just never know who is behind the crime until it’s all said and done. Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries and it wasn’t until the final pages of her acclaimed novels that the reader finally got the answers they were looking for. Some of Dame Agatha’s works were turned into stage plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running show in theatre history, and behind its latest production are two genius directors putting their own spin on this classic Christie whodunit! Who’s…
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Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master

Who’s Who: Danny Everson: Puppet Master By Mike Butler I grew up in a world where Mr. Dressup, Romper Room, Sesame Street, and The Big Friendly Giant were my entertainment. The wholesome beautiful world of puppets, magic, stories, and adventure entered my life every day and it was a glorious way to be brought up. We are so fortunate to live in a valley where community theater is ablaze with productions of all forms including musicals, dramas, one-act plays, concerts, and puppetry. I had the pleasure of spending some time with a recent addition to this vibrant community: the new…
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Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON

Who’s Who: KYLE THOMPSON By Mike Butler   Well, here we are. Another year of Who’s Who to look forward to. I love writing and sharing these profiles with the community. Happy New Year and enjoy all these fine folks!   I’m starting the year off with a pretty cool guy whom I’ve known for a few years now. He’s friendly, knowledgeable, environmentally-conscious, and a coffee drinker, to name just a few good points. He’s very well-known in the Valley but has never had the Who’s Who treatment, until now. Here is a businessman and all-around great gent Kyle Thompson….
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WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day!

WHO’S WHO: The Gingerbread Man! The Catch of the Day! By Mike Butler   Happy Holidays Everyone!   December is upon us and with it comes the feeling of Christmas and the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating, and trying to keep up with the concerts, theatre productions, holiday gatherings, and the occasional glass of eggnog and kiss under the mistletoe! Do remember to breathe and enjoy this wonderful time of year, it goes so fast! And also remember that sometimes you are the best gift to give someone; your time and company are priceless!   I have many favourite…
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Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince

Who’s Who: MATT BALSOR: The Valley’s Country Music Prince By Mike Butler   Growing up was very fun for me. I have a wonderful, supportive family and I can’t remember a time in my life when music didn’t play a huge part in our lives. With the age ranges of my aunts, uncles, sisters, cousins, and grandparents, I was influenced by just about every genre of music. My sisters bombarded me with the 80’s, and aunts and uncles kicked it up a notch with 70’s rock and disco, but it was my parents and my grandparents that introduced me to…
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Who Who’s: Jeremy Ingham, Super Who’s Who!

Who Who’s: Jeremy Ingham, Super Who’s Who! By Mike Butler If footprints are the impressions left by a person walking, heartprints are the impressions a person leaves on your heart. For me, and many others, Jeremy Ingham is a valley heartprint! Jeremy Ingham was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, moved with his family to Wolfville shortly after his first birthday, and has lived here ever since. He attended Wolfville School for primary and middle school and then went on to Horton High School. “When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to live, work, and study here as long…
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Who’s Who: Chantel Peng, Music to Our Ears!

Who’s Who: Chantel Peng, Music to Our Ears! By Mike Butler   Even after almost nine years of writing these columns for The Grapevine, I am still overwhelmed when people approach me with such genuinely nice feedback about my writing. I love what I do and to know people enjoy it makes it so much more pleasurable. One day at work a lady came in and waited for about 25 minutes for me to be free from customers so she could tell me all about her very talented daughter who had a show coming up, asking me to help promote…
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Who’s Who: Bettyann Balcom

Who’s Who: Bettyann Balcom By Mike Butler It has been a few years since I had the pleasure of working with Bettyann Balcom, but we’ve remained in touch since my career in lighting took a different turn. Bettyann was so much fun to work with because she was so open to new ideas and she always had the most unique, and often tricky, little projects to tackle, which made the job fun and our working relationship blossom. I am so glad she touched base with me recently about being profiled in The Grapevine. Bettyann Balcom was born in South Berwick,…
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Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham!

Who’s Who: Three Cheers for Chris Cunningham! Mike Butler   Have you heard of the Integrity Cheer Empire or ICE, for short? Well, ICE is one of the coolest all-star cheerleading organizations around, and I feel so fortunate to tell you about one of ICE’s main cheerpersons, Chris Cunningham.   Chris Cunningham is originally from Halifax, NS, but has spent the last six years of his life working in Toronto as the program director for a large and well-known all-star cheerleading program called PCT or Power Cheer Toronto. “I had many positive experiences with this program, including being named the…
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Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year!

Who’s Who: Michael Bawtree and the Best Books of the Year! By Mike Butler I will never forget it. I was in high school and I’d heard about this wonderful new establishment in Wolfville called the Atlantic Festival Theatre, a unique and elaborate stage modeled after the thrust stage of the Stratford Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. It was a breathtaking adventure for a sixteen year old to see that kind of stage and the professional theatre that was performed on it. I was chosen in its first year to be an usher and one of the workers in the gift…
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