Open Arts Alliance: Where the Theater Comes to You

Cast from Annie

Quinn Gavin, Erin Salvate, Lily Bartels, Marisol Flores and Colleen Salvate at the Open Arts Alliance celebration on Friday. Credit: Leslie Yager

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.”

open arts alliance crew at arts to the ave

Stephanie O’Donnell, Rocco Natale, Parke Stevenson, Caitlin Logan, and Amanda Monick of the Open Arts Alliance outside St. Mary’s Church during Art to the Avenue, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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.”

Annie act

Young performers share a song from Annie at the Open Arts Alliance celebration at the Greenwich Arts Council. Credit: Leslie Yager

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.

Annie

Young performers share a song from Annie at the Open Arts Alliance celebration at the Greenwich Arts Council. Credit: Leslie Yager

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.

Stephanie Julia O'Donnell

Stephanie O’Donnell, center, after welcoming supporters to the Open Arts Alliance event at the Greenwich Arts Council. Credit: Leslie Yager

Ryan and Owen Bologna.

Ryan and Owen Bologna at the Open Arts Alliance celebration at the Greenwich Arts Council. Credit: Leslie Yager

Lisa Bologna and Joan Lowe

Lisa Bologna said hello to her former GHS guidance counselor Joan Lowe. Credit: Leslie Yager

Madeline Leung and Takeia McAlister

Boys and Girls Club communications coordinator Madeline Leung development director Takeia McAlister. Credit: Leslie Yager

Kerry and Leslie Gavin

Kerry and Leslie Gavin attended the Open Arts Alliance event on Friday. Their daughter Quinn is performing in Annie. Credit: Leslie Yager

Will Ostruzka and Rob Harvey

Will Ostruzla and Rob Harvey at the Open Arts Alliance event. Credit: Leslie Yager

Members of the Open Arts Alliance cast of Annie

Members of the Open Arts Alliance cast of Annie include Lily Bartels, Erin Salvate, Colleen Salvate, Quinn Gavin, Marisol Flores, Sophie Howard, Phoebe Howard and Sofia Degani. Credit: Leslie Yager

Victoria Staplefield and Lisa Bologna

Victoria Staplefield and Lisa Bologna at the Open Arts Alliance celebration at Greenwich Arts Council. Credit: Leslie Yager

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