Pigliavento said many SLOC cast members have gone on to pursue professional theater; some have even performed on Broadway. For most people performing with SLOC, though, it is just a recreational creative outlet.
"Their talent is professional, but they didn't choose to pursue this as a profession," Pigliavento said.
President of SLOC Bonnie Williams said, "We are the only community theater company that performs strictly musical theater, and we've been blessed with dedicated people who work very hard."
SLOC is scheduled to perform four shows for its 80th season. The company has already put on "The Full Monty" in October and "Oliver" in December.
Williams said both were well received. The company is scheduled to run "Once on This Island" in March and conclude with "Hello Dolly" in May.
SLOC has scheduled three anniversary performances this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Williams said tickets are still available for all three performances. Tickets cost $15.
The Opera House is located at 826 State Street. For more information visit www.sloctheater.com. For ticket information and reservations, contact Della Gilman at 280-8076.