This unique and much-heralded non-profit theatre company was founded
by artistic director, JOE CASCONE, in 1979. It quickly expanded into a
legitimate and competitive community theatre, offering the highest quality
entertainment at the most affordable prices.
Now in its 34th season, and still under the dedicated direction of Mr.
Cascone, the company has thrived over the years and presented
musicals and plays at various venues around Ontario, making its home at
the Fairview Library Theatre in Toronto.
Each season we are pleased to present four productions as a
subscription series. These shows range from the tried-and-true-
favourites to many more-obscure. Unlike most companies, we are
dedicated to acknowledging more than the typical, standard Broadway
fare as we also uncover and present lost and forgotten musicals
deserving of recognition.
Over the years, we have been responsible for presenting the Canadian
premieres of now-popular musicals such as Titanic - The Musical,
Annie, Snoopy!, High Society and State Fair. Everyone has enjoyed our
productions of Broadway standards like My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees,
Gigi, Oliver!, The King and I and Mame, but some of our best response
from audiences and critics alike has come from wonderful “lost” musicals
like Yours Anne, Two By Two, Something’s Afoot, Stop the World - I
Want to Get Off, The Happiest Millionaire and Rodgers &
We have also presented musical revues, concert stagings and
appropriate non-musical plays as well.
Our World-premiere original musical stage adaptation of The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz, first staged by us in 2000, and then rremounted in 2002
and again in 2010, with music and lyrics by James P. Doyle, and book by
Joe Cascone, was based faithfully upon the original novel by L. Frank
Baum and fascinated sell-out audiences during its three brief
engagements. We were also fortunate enough to record a much-praised
original cast CD of the songs from this production. Acclaimed by
audiences and critics alike, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz continues to be
the most asked-for show in our history. Click here to order your own copy
of this CD.
As an on-going repertory theatre company, we are pledged to the
continued presentation of this type of unique, high-quality entertainment
and hope that you will join us along this (hopefully) never-ending
The Civic Light Opera Company is Toronto's premiere non-profit repertory
available in Toronto. We pride ourselves in our renown for presenting a
varied season that offers a fine balance of favourite classics and forgotten