You can become involved! Besides audience members, we are always looking for volunteers for all aspects of producing a musical performance, including set construction, leadership, and business operations -- the ability to sing, dance, and act is not required for you to become part of this exciting organization! As a community-minded, non-profit organization, donations are welcomed, as well.
The rich history of the Richland Light Opera Company (RLOC) began in 1948, when newspaper reporter Jack Quinn met with Mina & Blake Miller and Jeanne Bowen to suggest staffing The Mikado, a Gilbert and Sullivan musical in which he had sung the leading role of Nanki-Poo 325 times with the San Francisco Light Opera. After two performances in March 1949, RLOC and the audience were hooked on each other.
Successive years saw many improvements for the Company.
In 1960's a full orchestra was added, and shows ran two week-ends. In 1972, Battelle Memorial Institute donated matching funds to build a warehouse in West Richland for set-building and storage. Since 1952, when members dug into their own pockets to produce the first royalty show, The Red Mill, production costs have grown from a few hundred dollars to average in excess of $45,000.
In the more than sixty years since that first performance, the Richland Light Opera Company has produced over ninety operas and musicals. Each show averages approximately 25 to 50 performers, 15 to 20 musicians, with over 50 people usually behind the scenes, and a minimum of another 20 personnel to staff the box office, sell memberships, usher, and put on the after-show party. The only reward sought by these volunteers is the applause and appreciation of generations of theatre-goers.