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Boca Raton theater legend Jan McArt dies

BOCA RATON — Jan McArt’s six-decade career took her to venues around the country and the world, singing opera and acting on Broadway stages and in supper clubs, appearing on national television shows such as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and “The Merv Griffin Show.”

Eventually, she ended up at Lynn University in Boca Raton, where in 2004 McArt because the first and only director of the theater arts program development.

But in South Florida, McArt may be best known for opening several theater venues, most notably the Royal Palm Dinner Theater in Boca Raton in 1977. That was the same year she moved there from New York. In doing so, she became a trailblazer in bringing locally produced professional theater to a region that saw little of that. The 250-seat venue in the round survived a fire in 1993 before closing in 2001. With good food and excellent

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OPERA KANIKAPILA in Hawaii at Hawaii Opera Theatre 2021

This year has been a challenging one to say the least; particularly in the arts. Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre, like other performing arts organi-ations, has been facing a changing landscape, not only due to the pandemic (which forced HOT to postpone the 20-21 season) but also in the way people consume entertainment. Fortunately, HOT had already been moving towards a new model; one where they could ‘opera different’ and appeal to a broader base.

One of the aforementioned new concepts is HOT Digital, offering completely original content created in Honolulu, utilizing local talent in a mix of pay-per-view and free offerings. Shared through a virtual concert hall experience online, this unique content can be accessed by anyone, anywhere in the world.

One of HOT Digital’s offerings is a multi-year project called Hapa Opera, which will explore how opera and local cultures can intersect. One of the many programs under Hapa Opera

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