How to get involved with the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Co.

Get Involved!

ALOTCO is an organisation run by its members. It provides many opportunities for people who love community theatre to come together in many ways…..
As a director of a show

As a musical director of a show

As a rehearsal pianist

As a performer

As part of the chorus

As a dancer

By creating & fitting costumes

Stage managing

Scenery and props

Back stage support

Painting scenery

Make up design and application

Hair design and care of wigs

As a musician

As a rehearsal pianist

Sound support

Lighting support

Front of house

History of the Albany Light Opera & Theatre Company

In 1961 Bruce Houston, John Garritty and Stan Johnston made a bet of a case of beer with Wilson Weight that he could not start a successful theatre company. Wilson won and the Albany Light Opera Company was born.

The first production was the musical New Moon in 1962, performed in the Town Hall. A succession of musicals followed and the Company gained a reputation for quality performances of the talented players from Albany and surrounding districts.

Rehearsals and storage of costumes took place in a variety of venues until 1965 when the Company was able to get a peppercorn lease on the property that is now Dylans. Later, about 1970, they were able to purchase the old glass factory in David Street. In the long term that was a less than ideal location and when the opportunity to obtain a lease from what was then the Albany Port Authority, in half of a disused transit shed for goods to and from ship to road and rail, it was eagerly taken up.

The Company moved in 1991 and immediately turned the bare shell into a theatre - Albany Port Theatre. The first production in the new premises was Old Time Music Hall in 1993. Around this time it was felt that a change of name was appropriate and we became the Albany Light Opera and Theatre Company and also became an incorporated body.

A program of improvement is still ongoing with the Company dedicated to creating better facilities for members and audiences. With audience tastes changing the Company has taken on the challenges of popular modern shows such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. These have brought out the amazing talent that is in our community. Some, of quite early years when first appearing, have gone on to be professional entertainers. Others, not so ambitious, have stayed with the Company for many years, in some cases over 50! There are others who prefer not to be seen and provide the creative and technical support necessary for the performance of our productions.
ALOTCO production of Vagabond King 1965
Seussical - September 2021
Let's Shine Together, November 2017


The Albany Light Opera Company was established in 1962. The aims of the Company is to provide an opportunity for those people who wish to display their performing talents and provide entertainment for the population of Albany and surrounding districts.

We at ALOTCO are very proud of the Albany Port Theatre and its history and our tradition of providing high quality entertainment. We continue to provide an artistic outlet for many fine and enthusiastic performers and musicians from the Albany district and several of our former members have gone on to careers in the arts in Australia and internationally.
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