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Smith Opera House can return to full capacity

With Governor Cuomo lifting the restriction from the pandemic, the Smith Opera House on Seneca Street in Geneva will once again host the Geneva High School Graduation, happening tomorrow night.

While it’s great that the graduation can take place at the Smith Opera House again, Susie Monagan, Smith Center for the Arts Director has stated it may take some time for major acts to begin performing there again.

Despite the slow start, the calendar is filling, and they expect to have about a show a month through until next June with more expected to be added.

David Crosby and Melissa Etheridge were supposed to perform in 2020, but the pandemic cancelled the performance. Monogan expects a new date in 2022 for David Crosby, who has decided not to tour in 2021. Melissa Etheridge is performing at the State Fair this August.

Saturday, June 26 will be the first event held with no capacity limitations. Maddy Walsh & The Blind Spots will be performing at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m. Austin-based band Ley Line will perform.

Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., the Smith will host the Beatles tribute band. While they don’t expect them to sellout, they’re expecting around 500 people.

Since Covid hit, the biggest show the Smith Opera House has had was their Ruby Shooz performance in May, bringing in 150, the maximum allowed under capacity restrictions.

More information can be found at the Smith Opera House website.