Note: In the fall and winter of 2010, FCLO found itself in the midst of a financial crisis. While the company regroups, its 2011 mainstage season will be produced by 3D Theatricals at Plummer Auditorium. In the meantime, FCLO will be producing a dinner theater series from June to August called the Skyroom Summer Series, located at 218 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton. The long-term future of the FCLO remains murky.
The Fullerton Civic Light Opera began in 1971 as a community theater using local talent, but changed its status to a professional theater in 1986. Over the decades, the company has presented more than 150 stage musicals. Professional directors, choreographers, musicians, and designers are hired for each production, among them world-class artists with Broadway and international credits. A key focus of its mission is to educate young people about stage musicals, a distinctly American art form, and to create a lasting appreciation for that.
FCLO builds scenery and costumes for use in its own shows, and offers them for rent to high schools, colleges, and community and professional theatres. The company is the second largest supplier of scenery and costumes for Broadway musicals in the United States: It currently maintains 31 complete sets for various musicals, plus more than 250 scenic backdrops, a multitude of stage props, and thousands of costumes.
- Public Transportation: Good for both venues. Plummer Auditorium (a short walk from OCTA bus lines 24, 143, and 213 at Chapman Avenue/Lemon Street, and a 5-minute walk from buses 26 and 43 at Commonwealth Avenue/Lemon Street). Skyroom Summer Series (a 5-minute walk from OCTA bus lines 26, 43, 47, 143, 213, Amtrak, and the Metrolink Orange County Line at the Fullerton Transportation Center)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Thursday-Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $25-$52; 50% discount for active military personnel. Discounts available for groups of 20 or more
- Subscriptions: Four-show subscriptions $75-$156, Flex Pass $128 (same benefits as above, except for exchange privileges). Benefits include ticket replacement and one free exchange per production ($5 fee for additional exchanges).