Our directors are a team of individuals that are trained and experienced in teaching all aspects of our theater musical productions including acting, vocal, choreography, staging, costuming, stage presence and so much more. They focus on each students needs and talents, helping them to grow while working toward the final production. They instill a family atmosphere for the cast members that creates support and teamwork from start of rehearsals to show day, resulting in a 'theater family' that will enhance friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Director and choreographer
Suda Yantiss-Colon is a 30+ year resident of Oldsmar and has been involved in numerous activities and organizations in her community throughout her residency. She is most known for her dance program with the City of Oldsmar for over 24 years, as "Miss Suda", teaching students from age 4&up in the art of dance and musical performance. She is additionally honored to organize and coordinate the Oldsmar Community Chorus seen at Oldsmar‘s Christmas Wonderland.
She has directed and produced the OPAL Theater shows since 2019 carrying on the over 20 plus year program for the City of Oldsmar. Shows have included "The Lion King Jr.", "Aladdin Jr.", "Beauty and the Beast Jr." , "Shrek The Musical Jr." and "The Little Mermaid Jr". Her talents include seamstress, costume design, set design, painting, dance, staging, program design and production, photography, lighting, sound, music editing and much more. Suda is joyously married to her husband. Hector Colon, who works alongside her helping with props, sets, scenery lights, sound, photography and more and often joins her on the stage for an acting role or salsa number..."we just love to dance together!"
Jody Carr is a community theater veteran as well as a choral director and classically trained pianist. She enjoys teaching piano, playing at church and coaching kids! A few of the musicals she’s played/and or directed are "The Sound of Music," "Cheaper by the Dozen," and "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at our own Elizabeth Smith Amphitheater at R. E. Olds Park.
Miss Jody is grateful to have been a part of Opal Theater since the first production, "The Lion King Jr." and enjoyed other productions with OPAL Theater such as "Aladdin Jr.", "Beauty and the Beast Jr.", "Shrek The Musical Jr." and "The Little Mermaid Jr" She also volunteers as the director of the Oldsmar Community Chorus seen as the "Oldsmar Olde Tyme Caroler's" at Oldsmar Christmas Wonderland. She enjoys spending time with the kids and seeing them grow in ability and confidence.
Zergeria "Zack" Gamble
Assistant Director and stage manager
Assistant Director and stage manager
Zack has been studying theater and dance for over 11 years and currently teaches the Hip Hop Classes with Miss Suda's Dancers at Oldsmar Cypress Forest Rec Center. He has performed in "The Lion King Jr" (Ensemble), "Aladdin Jr" (Jafaar), "Beauty and The Beast Jr" (Beast) and most recently, "Shrek Jr The Musical" (as Donkey). He previously performed in several other performances with OPAL Theater and has participated in the Tarpon Springs High School Color Guard throughout his high school years.
As a graduate, he now concentrates his efforts on his performing and Color Guard career, auditioning and performing at numerous events around the country. He has been the stage manager and assistant choreographer to our OPAL Theater shows since 2019 working alongside Miss Suda and Miss Jody to help guide students and create beautiful productions.
Zack also enjoys photography, playing volleyball and hopes to have a career as a performer for Cirque du Soleil.