While the historic Smith Opera House is a venue where fascinating stories unfold via film and the performing arts, the building itself has its own compelling stories that have shaped the people and culture of Geneva and the Finger Lakes region since 1894.
The public is now invited to experience a bit of Smith lore and enjoy its unique architecture and decor via a historic tour of the theater. These tours are the beginning of a year-long celebration of the Smith Opera House’s 125th anniversary, which takes place Oct. 29, 2019.
Smith Opera House Tours are being offered at 10 a.m. on the following Wednesdays this summer: June 13 and 20, July 11, 18 and 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
The history shared in these tours springs from a research project led by Dr. Chris Woodworth, associate professor of theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her summer research assistants, Austin Jennings and Margaret (Gretty) Hollister. Woodworth, Jennings and Hollister will lead the June 13 and 20 tours, while Smith staff members will lead the tours in July and August.
While the tours are free, donations are gladly accepted. No registration is required. Tour participants should meet at the front of the theater at 82 Seneca St., Geneva. The tours will last approximately 45 minutes. Please note that the tour may include visiting the theater’s balcony, which is not wheelchair-accessible.