Founded in 1937, WCLOC Theater Company, Worcester’s oldest community theater, entertains, informs, and nurtures artists and audiences through the production of high-quality, affordable musicals, plays, and children’s educational workshops.
WCLOC Theater Company, founded in 1937, is Worcester’s oldest active community theater company. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, WCLOC was known for its vibrant stagings of light opera made popular by Gilbert and Sullivan during the late 19th century. In the midst of Broadway’s Golden Age, WCLOC made the shift to mounting contemporary Broadway musical theater pieces by such composers as Cole Porter, Jules Styne, Bock & Harnick, Kander &Ebb, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim, among others.
In the 1970s, WCLOC began its Children’s Workshop as a means to discover and nurture promising local talent. Always committed to the local community, WCLOC awards annual scholarships to alumni of its summer workshops to further cultivate their fine arts and performance education.
The Grandview Playhouse has been owned and operated by WCLOC since 1948. This historic building now hosts four in-house productions each season. In addition to popular musical theater, WCLOC has expanded their seasonal repertoire to include non-musicals. In recent years, WCLOC has staged popular comedies, classic American dramas, and Pulitzer Prize winning plays, as well as new works by local playwrights.