Seattle Musical Theatre
40 years of music, motion & magic!
The year was 1978. A group of Seattle opera enthusiasts decided it was time to produce some lighter fare than what local companies were offering.
Civic Light Opera (CLO) was born and the music of German composer Johann Strauss, Jr., British composers Gilbert and Sullivan, and American Composer Victor Herbert filled the auditorium for the first two seasons.
Although the productions were sound, the audiences who attended the operettas were really in the mood for good old American musical theatre – and in 1980, there were plenty of wonderful offerings to choose from. The third season of CLO included MAN OF LAMANCHA, CAROUSEL and KISMET.
The original home of Civic Light Opera was the Jane Addams School theatre, located in Lake City. The company performed on that stage for 25 seasons. In 2002, the company moved operations to the Shoreline Community Center, but when our current home right here in Seattle’s Magnuson Park (formerly the Sand Point Naval Air Station) theater become available for rent in 2004, Civic Light Opera moved closer to their many subscribers and supporters. You are sitting in the original movie theater of the Sand Point Naval Air Station.
Through the years, the name Civic Light Opera was considered a misnomer by some, since the company no longer performed operettas. More change was in the air for our beloved theater and in 2006 the Board of Directors changed the name to Seattle Musical Theatre (SMT).
Today, as SMT enters its 40th season, we welcome a new Artistic Director, Tyrone Brown. He will help take us to the next level in producing classic musical theatre that appeals to our long-time subscribers and supporters as well as attracting new audiences by highlighting more recent musicals that have hit Broadway by storm.
MY FAIR LADY is dedicated to our many subscribers who have supported Civic Light Opera/Seattle Musical Theatre over the years. Without your dedicated patronage, we would not be celebrating this wonderful moment.
Please join us throughout the season as we highlight the people who have made the last 40 years a shining example of what happens when inspired ideas, genuine collaboration and lasting support come together to create theatre magic.