In 1937 a group of people got together to form the basis of the company that is today known as Cloc Musical Theatre Company. Many changes have taken place since that first meeting in 1937, some of them voluntary, some of them forced upon us.
Where it all began…..
Our name has changed several times from the original Perry Standing Light Opera Section of Kingstanding Community Association (KCA. Light Opera Section of Circle Community Association (CCA), Circle Light Opera Company Kingstanding (C.L.O.C.K.). The change to Circle Light Opera Company (C.L.O.C.) came about when we moved out of the community centre – where we rehearsed and moved into Maryvale Centre. Since then we have moved to rehearse at St Marks Church, Bandywood Crescent, Kingstanding.
In 2011 it was decided to change the name to CLOC Musical Theatre Company to reflect the fact that the company perform Musicals rather than Opera.
Fundraising is a very important function of the company and we have lots of fun doing it. We used to make all our own costumes and scenery for our shows and had a storage facility when we rehearsed at Kingstanding Circle. Unfortunately in 1993 fire destroyed the unit and everything in it. Having no storage means scenery and costumes are now hired in for each show. This is a very expensive game so we rely on fundraising greatly.
Over the years the company have performed at many venues; Higbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, The Old Rep, and the Crescent Theatre.
As well as performing two shows a year and sometimes a concert, we pride ourselves on our social aspect. Occasionally we have had weekends away as a group. We have an annual trip to London to see a west end show. These prove very popular within the company alongside our quiz nights, race nights and bowling nights.
Perhaps it’s because no matter the age range in the company there is always a way of involving young and old alike. For many members Cloc MTC provides fun, friendship and a break from the everyday running of life.