Since its founding by Bob Mesrobian in 1976, the goal of Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera has been to bring quality entertainment to Pine Belt residents and provide an outlet for community members to share their various artistic talents with their neighbors.
HCLO was brought to life with the integral support of the Hattiesburg Mayor, Commissioners, and Forrest County Supervisors. Mesrobian served as the first artistic director. The first Board of Directors was comprised of Jess Hughes (President), Dr. William Poirier (Vice President), Martha Tatum (Treasurer), and Glenda Brundage (Secretary). HCLO's first production was The Barber of Seville, which was staged at the Thames School Auditorium in the spring of 1976.
HCLO was chartered as a non-profit organization in 1977, and in the years since its inception, it has produced over 120 shows. These productions bring the community together in order to showcase the wonderful talent living in Hattiesburg and the surrounding area.