Camp Hill Light Opera Experience was created to present staged performances of well-known, unknown, and soon-to-be-known light opera and operetta of the highest possible quality standards, with a focus on new works, new composers and librettists, and new, young, and emerging talent, in an atmosphere of artistic collaboration between all involved.
For our inaugural season, we presented Not A Tenor by Libby Moyer, accompanied by Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience, at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill. Please enjoy the highlights videos at left. We are hard at work preparing for our next show, sure to dazzle and delight.
Our goal is to have CHLOE become an annual event, with each festival including one new work - either a first work by a new composer, or a new work by a relatively unknown composer, not already performed by any major opera or theater company. A search will be conducted and a small stipend paid to the composer/librettist selected.
Camp Hill Light Opera Experience will also include quality works from the light opera & comic operetta category from any time period and by any composer, either famous or obscure, that are considered to be overlooked, unappreciated, or under-performed in the Central PA region.
Principal roles will be played by paid professionals, very often emerging artists. Smaller featured roles, chorus, and orchestra will be cast when at all possible from local talent pools, especially high school and college students, as well as adult amateurs and professionals. Designers, crew, and volunteers will also be sourced from Camp Hill and the surrounding communities.
Music directors and stage directors will be paid professionals either with long experience, creditable training, or exemplary aptitude. They will be expected to collaborate with the living composer/librettist to realize the intent of the new work. And with period pieces to understand and present them faithfully, but also with a fresh approach.
Every effort will be taken to make CHLOE a community effort, with outreach efforts to schools and community organizations to support the artistic well-being of the surrounding area, as well as support coming from it in the form of sponsorships, grants, and other contributions. Whether on stage, behind the scenes, or in the seats, please join us!
Camp Hill Light Opera Experience
105 W Keller St, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055