New Musicals in Concert at 54 Below
July 22nd, 2022
After years of virtual and distanced development through the pandemic, Open, Stay was performed LIVE with the full cast and band all in the same room for the very first time at the iconic 54 Below in NYC.
CAST: Steven Klenk, Joshua Villa, Grace Dangers, Gemma Dobbs, Nate Garner, Liberty Mack, Mackenzie Meadows, Anna DeNoia, Erin Rosenfeld, Diana Suk, Rachael Cell
Zane Bridwell, Jonah Barnett, Alex Haldane, Emma Kroll, Hannah Leckner, Isaiah Ortiz
Open, Stay now looks forward to an unprecedented future of live performance through the new digital licensing company, Uproar Theatrics. The show is now available for production in three distinct formats:
1.) as a song cycle with the music alone,
2.) with the addition of a 10-character story structure and supplemental scenes written by Anna DeNoia, or
3.) with a flexible structure designed for devised work. Within this final format, creative teams are encouraged to devise their own dialogue, change the order of the cycle, and create their own storylines and connections between these characters, with the goal of encouraging theatremakers— students especially— to practice creative collaboration, tell their own stories and create something new together.
JMU Workshop Production
February 12th, 2022
Two years after the first workshop process was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, Open, Stay was staged for the first time at James Madison University. Breaking from the cabaret format all previous iterations of the show had taken, this production devised connections between the separate stories, supported by some additional dialogue.
Directed by Alison Spangenberg and Anna DeNoia
Music Direction by Joshua Villa
CAST: Sam Sinnott, Ben Mills, Hannah Nicholson, Anjali Sharma, Jack Darymple, Bailey Ryon, Shannon McCarthy, Lindsay Marcus, Misha Rodriguez, Oshie Mellon
Studio Cast Recording
August 20th, 2021
December of 2020 Anna reached out to fellow JMU student Joshua Villa to fully arrange and orchestrate the music of Open, Stay. After receiving the JMU College of Visual and Performing Arts undergraduate research grant the following spring, the pair worked with Chris Doermann at Virginia Arts Recording Studio in Charlottesville, VA to create the complete 13 track studio cast recording.
CAST: Sam Sinnott, Joshua Villa, Corrine Krasner, Gemma Dobbs, Noah Hamadé, Lydia Fields, Olivia Palmer, Shannon McCarthy, Diana Suk, Anna DeNoia
BAND: Hannah Leckner, David Simons, Isaac Thomas, Kyle Mendez, Jonah Barnett, Cole Scheffer, Aaron Green, Thomas Hassett
The Masked Collective
August 15, 2020
In response to all the cancellations COVID brought, JMU alumni Nicole Redifer and Taylor Autumn founded The Masked Collective, committed to continuing to safely produce new work in new ways. After an online audition process that garnered over 300 submissions from Sweden to California, followed by a completely virtual rehearsal process led by director Hunter Carrico, Open, Stay was presented LIVE via YouTube.
CAST: Micheal Schimmele, Beck Hokanson, Madeline Olexy, Haley Ornstein, Mike Mags, Karlene Rivera, Katerina Hadjipalvis, Ally Dodds, Sabina Lueras, Rachael Cell
Hawthorne Woods, IL
July 18th, 2020
Gathering local performers from the Chicago suburbs, Open, Stay was presented for a small group of family and friends (as well as many more joining via livestream) as a fundraiser for the Anti-Racism Fund, as well as the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund.
CAST: Steven Klenk, Spencer Avery, Nate Garner, Helena Shaheen, Jack Miller, Maria Alexandra, Rhealee Fernandez, Paige Dirkes-Jacks, Olivia Lyman, Hannah Babyak
Special thanks to the Townander family for this beautiful venue and all their work to make this event possible!
Richmond Fringe Festival
In the spring of 2020, Open, Stay was invited to be a part of the 2020 Richmond Fringe Festival. This production, as well as another workshop production at James Madison University were unfortunately canceled due to COVID-19.
March 1st, 2020
Open, Stay was directed by Thomas Ferro as a student cabaret with additional music written after the initial JMU performance, including "I Thought I Heard a Voice", as well as the full cast finale.
CAST: Piper Charlton, Colton Colbert, Adrianna Goss, Chloe Hayes, Steven Klenk, Will Koski, Emma Jean Lupp, Colin McGonagle, Jocelyn Scott, Ally Williams
James Madison University
November 17th, 2019
Open, Stay was first presented as an informal cabaret featuring a cast of Anna's fellow classmates at JMU. This cabaret was recorded live and is available for streaming.
CAST: Indigo Mercado, Al Gravina, Peyton Gemmell, Gemma Dobbs, Colton Robert Davies, Lydia Feilds, Mackenzie Meadows, Kathleen Laura Halverson, Diana Suk