- Promote an appreciation of the arts – particularly live
theatre - within the community.
- Present public performances of live theatre, concerts and
any other activity which promotes the arts.
- Encourage, assist and develop the full range of talents
associated with the development of the arts.
- Achieve the highest possible production standards with
the resources available.
Since its inception, CLOC has staged nearly 100 productions (see list of past productions), ranging from operettas such as Die Fledermaus (1971) and The Merry Widow (1975) to contemporary classics like Hello Dolly (1981), A Chorus Line (1998) and West Side Story (2001) to period pieces like A Little Night Music (2000), Jekyll & Hyde (2005) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (2006) to Australian works, such as SHOUT! (2007), The Boy from Oz and Hot Shoe Shuffle (both 2008). Moreover, the company has presented several firsts in Melbourne (and sometimes Australian) non‑professional theatre. In 1983 CLOC premiered Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd – the first professional or non-professional production in Australia. Other non-professional premieres followed: Annie (1985), Evita (1987), 1776 (1988), Sunday in the Park with George (1992), Les Miserables (1993), Song & Dance (1997), Singin' in the Rain (1998), Steel Pier (2005), CATS (2006), The Boy From Oz (2008), Hot Shoe Shuffle (2008), Miss Saigon (2009), Dusty, the Original Pop Diva (2010) and Sunset Boulevard (2012). In May 2013, CLOC will proudly present the Victorian non-professional premiere, The Phantom of the Opera, and in May 2014, CLOC will stage its 100th production in its 50th year – truly a cause for celebration.
CLOC is a large and sophisticated organisation - one that continually strives to achieve the highest quality outcome for each production. Against a background of challenging economic times, and often with considerable competition from professional productions, CLOC has adopted a bold production policy and is committed to presenting two major musicals each year – firmly believing that "while there is a paying audience there is no such thing as amateur".
CLOC's pricing policy is structured to assist and encourage
a wide range of groups and individuals to attend productions.
An average ticket price of less than $40.00 puts top quality
musical theatre within the means of many who would be otherwise
unable to afford it. CLOC productions attract an audience
of up to 15,000 each year - a significant proportion (over
half) being children, students, pensioners and seniors at
Recently the Federal Minister for the Arts - Simon Crean MP visited CLOC's Scenery and Costume making facilties at Heatherton and met with cast, crew and company management. Click here to see photos of this visit.
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