There’s a new non-profit theater arts and education organization in Town and they are doing something quite unique.
On Friday night the organizers of Open Arts Alliance held an event at the Greenwich Arts Council on Greenwich Ave to celebrate their unique twist.
“We bring a professional touring theater production to health care facilities, hospitals, schools and nursing homes. Basically we bring theater to people, so they don’t have to get out to see to the theater,” said Stephanie O’Donnell of the Open Arts Alliance leadership advisory board.
“This year’s professional theater production is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We bring a professional touring production to nursing homes,” O’Donnell said. “We also have an educational theater program over the summer for kids. This year’s production is going to be Annie.”
O’Donnell said said that the Open Arts Alliance has brought the arts to about 1,100 people in the last eight months.
“We’ve brought productions to Nathaniel Witherell, the Boys & Girls Club and Art to the Avenue,”she said. “We hope to do many more places around town and throughout Fairfield County.”
Rocco Natale said that just two weeks earlier, “We were sitting at my kitchen table and thinking about what to say tonight and jokingly I said, ‘We brought theater to hundreds of people.’ And then I started laughing, and then I stopped. We actually have brought theater to hundreds of people,” he said.
At Friday night’s celebration at the Greenwich Arts Council, several young performers shared a preview of Annie.
Among them was Quinn Gavin, 8, who inherited the acting gene from father Kerry Gavin. Kerry, who is well known at Greenwich High School for teaching French and coaching football, was a child actor himself and still a member of the Screen Actors Guild.