• Evita: HCLO brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical to Saenger Theater

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical, Evita, May 3-6 at the Historic Saenger Theater. Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to first lady of Argentina and near-sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor, illegitimate child to ambitious actress to wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

  • Bittersweet: HCLO Faces Possible Final Curtain

    As Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera celebrates its two Best of the Pine Belt nominations for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and prepares to launch the final two shows of its forty-second season, The Who’s Tommy and Evita, the venerable Hattiesburg institution also faces the harsh reality that is afflicting arts organizations across the country. “Unless something changes very quickly, next season, HCLO’s 43rd, will be our last,” said Lindsay Williams, HCLO President.

  • The Nutcracker: Clara welcomes guests to Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

    The South Mississippi Ballet Theatre will once again brighten the holiday season with its annual performance of The Nutcracker. Clara and her prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, Uncle Drosselmeyer and the mice will carry you to the Land of the Sweets in this holiday classic.

  • "Phantom" Set for Southern Miss Stage

    Theater patrons in South Mississippi will soon thrill to another epic production from the team that produced the much-acclaimed Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera will take to the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium October 26 through November 4, presented by The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.

  • Macbeth

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera brings the city’s first-ever Shakespeare in the Park production to the Historic Meador Homestead Oct. 12-15. 

    HCLO’s ‘Lagniappe’ production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest, and perhaps his bloodiest, tragedy marks a paradigm shift for the venerable organization, which has brought theatre to the Pine Belt for 42 years running.

  • Giant musical makes premiere during FS

    Children of all ages are likely familiar with the books of Roald Dahl. From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Matilda, his unique and quirky characters have made their way into popular culture. Broadway has adapted many of his classics and now, James and the Giant Peach joins the lineup – with this summer’s FestivalSouth landing the regional premiere.

  • Auditions set for 'Phantom of the Opera'

    The Southern Miss School of Music announces open auditions to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera to all university students. Auditions will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23. All applicants must register online at www.usm.edu/music/phantom. Complete audition details are available there.

  • HCLO returns 'Camelot' to the stage

    Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera rounds out its 41st season the first week of May with a beloved musical, boasting an inspiring connection to one of Hattiesburg’s own.

    In spring 1991, Miles Doleac swaggered across the stage of Hattiesburg’s Historic Saenger Theater as Mordred, King Arthur’s malevolent son, in HCLO’s Camelot.

    “It was the first significant role I had done in anything. And it was an absolutely life-altering experience,” Doleac said.

  • Riding the Wind

    In 1979, a young woman sits down in a comfy rocking chair next to her grandfather for their usual conversation time. After hearing his same stories more than a hundred times before, she knows they will then walk together in the woods on the land where her family has lived since 1913. 
     This time is different, though, for in her hands she carries a small cassette tape recorder to tape the old, but still refreshing, memories of her beloved grandfather. 

  • Riding the Wind

    In 1979, a young woman sits down in a comfy rocking chair next to her grandfather for their usual conversation time. After hearing his same stories more than a hundred times before, she knows they will then walk together in the woods on the land where her family has lived since 1913. 

     This time is different, though, for in her hands she carries a small cassette tape recorder to tape the old, but still refreshing, memories of her beloved grandfather. 

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