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The Ghost Light Tours

Yellow light bulb with Ghost Light Tours labeled underneath. In background is a darkened historic photo of the Smith Opera House's exterior

When COVID-19 kept The Smith Opera House from hosting our on-site the history tours, we brought the history tour to you with The Ghost Light Tours.

Created and hosted by HWS Professor & Smith History Blog editor Chris Woodworth, The Ghost Light Tours allows you to view The Smith’s hidden gems from the comfort of your own home. In this eleven part video series, Woodworth brilliantly combines story telling with historic photos and records to highlight The Smith Opera House’s 125 year old history.


Smith Opera House Ghost Light Tours Ep. 1: Nautical Drama

Ghost Light Tours Ep. 1: Nautical Drama ⚓What if we told you that The Smith is no stranger to pandemics? Watch to learn more!Since you can’t come to The Smith for the history tours, we’ll bring the history to you! This series was created by Chris Woodworth, Associate Professor of Theatre at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Smith History Blog editor.

Posted by The Smith Opera House on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Ghost Light Tours Episode List:

Ep. 1: Nautical Drama

Ep. 2: “What’s That Smell?”

Ep. 3: “Heads Up”

Ep. 4: Two to One

Ep. 5: Opening Night

Ep. 6: Fighting Words

Ep. 7: Schine On

Ep. 8: Who Build It?

Ep. 9: Suffrage at The Smith

Ep. 10: Passionate Pankursts

Ep. 11: Cloud Master

Full Ghost Light Tours Episode Playlist



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