Good news here: Frank McClain, who is well-known for directing both theater and opera in Orlando, has been named artistic director of Florida Opera Theatre, an Orlando group formed from members of Orlando Opera guild and others after the death of the Orlando Opera.
The goal of Florida Opera Theatre is to keep opera alive hereabouts: The group arranges trips to see operas in nearby cities, and its eventual aim, if I understand it correctly, is to resurrect opera here.
Frank, who directed Company for Mad Cow Theatre and Guys and Dolls for Mad Cow and the Orlando Philharmonic, moved to Orlando from his native Iowa in 1990. He’s worked at Disney, Universal and several Orlando theater companies, both as actor and as director. (Some of us remember fondly his turn as the title character in Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach.)
He also has directed extensively for Orlando Opera, Opera Tampa and Vero Beach Opera.
Here’s a little more info on Florida Opera Theatre and its upcoming fundraiser, Orlando Idol 2011.