Celebrating 50 years

In December of 1973 when the curtains went up on the first Humboldt Light Opera production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, the company founders probably had no idea how successful the organization would become.

Although community is not in our name, it has always been at the heart of our organization. Our goal since 1973 has been to bring musical theatre to the people of our community – not just as a viewing experience, but also as a performing experience for those who have dreamed of taking the stage themselves.

The company has presented more than 100 major productions, which have in turn involved thousands of performers, actors, dancers, instrumentalists, directors, designers and choreographers. We seek to combine the arts of singing, drama, and dance to tell a story that will be enjoyed by audience and performers alike.

HLOC continues to move forward as an organization by exploring new literature, taking on new technical challenges, and providing a place for people to realize their dreams no matter how old or young they are.

We eagerly look forward to the future-and fulfilling our motto:

“Where Stories Come Alive!”

Board of Directors

Bonnie Cyr, President
Carol Ryder, Treasurer

Patty Andriese
​​Kara Clower
Joyce Houston
Peter Johnson
​Stacey Jones
Carol Lang
Carl McGahan
​M. Elizabeth Norton
Katri Pitts
Liz Souza
Shaelan Salas-Rich
Jim Willits


Artistic Producing Director
Carol McWhorter Ryder

KidCo Lead Teachers
Cindy Cress
​Katri Pitts
Fiona Ryder