Cloudcroft Light Opera Company Celebrates 20 Years of Performances

Back in 1991 two old friends both with theater background decided to “Put on a Show”. Thus, The Cloudcroft Light Opera Company, (CLOC) was born.
The friends, Andy Hospodar, of Cloudcroft and Jim Cadwallader, from High Rolls rounded up some local mountain residents who donated their time and talents to perform a “Christmas Play” on the back porch of the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce. Jim Cadwallader’s savings, along with funds from Andy Hospodar, financed this performance.
“The Coal Miner’s Daughter” was well received by the audience and after Gloria Wood “Passed The Hat” a grand total of $42.00 was collected.
From that humble beginning it was decided that CLOC would perform similar “Melodramas” as a way to entertain tourists and local mountain residents. In 1994 CLOC members decided to offer a scholarship to a local graduating high school student who was studying theater arts. The funds came from the “Hat Pass” during the play intermissions. This year CLOC will offer five scholarships to graduating students.
From humble beginnings, CLOC has moved to their current venue at the Picnic Pavilion in Zenith Park. In 1996 with permission from the Cloudcroft Directory & the Village Council plans were approved for an upgrade of the Picnic Pavilion by CLOC. A raised stage, dressing room, storage room and a new roof was added with all work by local contractors with a $15,000.00 Grant submitted to the Forest Service by Andy Hospodar & Curtis Schrader, (Village Administrator).
CLOC would like to invite the public to join with the CLOC Family and enjoy our 20th year anniversary by attending one of our FREE performances.
The season begins Friday May 27th at 7:30 pm at the Zenith Park Picnic Pavilion with a performance of “The Shame of Tombstone” directed by CLOC President Joplin Sell. This show was originally performed by CLOC in 1994. Additional performances May 28th, 29th & June 3rd & 4th.
As always, all CLOC performances are “Family Oriented” and children of all ages are welcome. Plan to enjoy the cool summer evenings in Cloudcroft while enjoying an old fashion Melodrama.
The CLOC Family would like to recognize all of our founders who have contributed to the group’s success, and encourage those of you who attend our performances to contribute to the “Pan Handler” at intermission. All funds collected will go to our “Founders Scholarship” which honors: Andy Hospodar, Jim Cadwallader, Sid Benson, Pat Rand, Sandra Owens McBrayer, Dee Dee Shaw, Ted Boss, Dan King, Teri Morrison Scott, Grushenka Englebrecht, Gary & Gloria Wood & Kittie Schimming

CLOC is always seeking new members for our “Family” If you are interested in being on stage or working behind the scenes: CLOC meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Please visit the CLOC web Site for further information on meetings and performance schedules.

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