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Celebrate THE Smith: An Original, Theatrical Extravaganza!

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Saturday, October 26 at 8pm
Smith Opera House

Happy Birthday to the Smith Opera House!

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Smith Opera House, we will be creating an immersive, site-specific theatre event that will bring the history of this building to life in a unique and thrilling fashion.

Professor Chris Woodworth has assembled dozens of theatre artists who are creating an original work that focuses on artifacts that tell the Smith’s unique history. Performances will take place all over the building (mezzanine, cabaret, ladies lounge, lobby, balcony, etc.); the audience will move from one performance to the next and watch the history unfold.

Doors will open at 6:30 at which time you can sample complimentary hors d’oeuvres from F2T Kitchen + Bar at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront Resort and bid on fabulous items at our SILENT AUCTION.***

6:30-7:45 pm: hors d’oeuvres, mingling and bidding (alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the cabaret bar)

8:00 pm: First tour takes off ($15 adults, $5 youth and students with ID)

10:00 pm (ish): Dance Party on the Smith’s stage feat. WEOS DJ Kelly Walker; all ticket holders are invited.

*** Here’s a sample of items up for auction:

Sailing, take me away…a $320 value

If you love the water, you are going to want to bid on this item!  Thanks to “Sail Seneca” of Geneva, you and 3 of your favorite people will hop aboard with United States Coast Guard licensed Captain Frank Bartels and enjoy a private sunset or day sail on gorgeous Seneca Lake.   An amazing opportunity to enjoy the lake with none of the worries of navigating a boat. Not to mention that Frank is an amazing individual with a wealth of knowledge on the lake and the Finger Lakes area! 

Family Holiday Delights a $150 value

This is a package that the whole family can enjoy!  Hop aboard the 1 o’clock P.M. Santa Train with four (4) guests on Saturday, December 7th (tickets for 4)  Also included in this package are four (4) tickets to the film the “The Polar Express” at the Smith Center for the Arts on December 14th. Jammies are encouraged and a visit from Santa is expected to take place before the show. 

This package also includes free pizza and other holiday treats! What a great way to ring in the holidays with the little ones!

What makes the Smith so unique?

The history of the Smith Opera House is vibrant, eclectic, and full of drama—on and off stage.
• Did you know that when it was constructed it was originally two buildings?
• Fighting at the Smith? Believe it or not, in the early 20th century our stage hosted boxing matches!
• Did you know that a theatre company slated to perform at the Smith was once quarantined on a boat in the middle of Seneca Lake because of a smallpox scare?
• The Smith and the occult, there’s a connection? William Smith, the principle benefactor of the building, had originally wanted the third floor dedicated to speaking to the deceased.

These interesting factoids and more will be uncovered and brought to life through this intriguing event.

Can’t wait and want to know more about The Smith? 

If you are excited about the history, you can check our Smith History Blog weekly .

Tickets:$5 students, $15 adults