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" and "Moana 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", "The Little Mermaid Jr" and "Moana 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.