Even with a 110-year-old building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, over $3 million in restoration efforts over the past decade, a Steinway concert grand piano and a wide variety of film auditory and exhibition hardware, the Smith Opera House's most treasured resources are the people who volunteer their time and energy to insure that the theatre remains a viable entity well into its next millennium.
To that end, the Smith Opera House is offering a Volunteer Orientation at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, to recruit individuals interested in contributing their time during live events and movies in the region's oldest and largest year-round performing arts venue. Anyone over the age of 16 is invited to take place in this session. Call 781-5483 or toll-free 866-355-5483 to reserve a space. There is no charge to participate.
The Smith's corps of volunteers make and sell popcorn in the concession stand, run the box office, take tickets at the door, pass out programs, serve as ushers, tend bar in the lower-level cabaret, proof I.D.s and fold programs and newsletters. As programming expands and the number of events increases, The Smith needs more volunteers to make sure that operations continue to run smoothly and efficiently. There are nearly 80 individuals currently listed on The Smith's volunteer rolls.
“The Smith would not exist as it does today without the dedicated volunteers who believe in preserving this unique treasure, who love and appreciate the art that goes on within these walls, and who delight in introducing audiences of all ages to the joys of performing arts,” noted Smith Executive Director Kevin Schoonover.
While The Smith does not pay those who volunteer, passes are issued for each event worked which may be redeemed for free admission to movies or collected and redeemed for admission to Smith-sponsored live events.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva and is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by individual contributors.