Opera House Tours
Where do Country Stores and Steamboats and Sherlock Holmes and Highways and Annie and Tony all come together?
Come hear the story of how an enterprising family, a picturesque landmark, an insightful restoration, and brilliant execution evolved into one of the most important institutions in American theater: Goodspeed Musicals.
Go behind the scenes of a musical at the Goodspeed Opera House. Explore places such as backstage and the actors' dressing rooms while learning about the vibrant history of the Opera House.
Our hour-long tour is a perfect extension of any visit to the picturesque Connecticut River Valley. Have a picnic on the lawn, visit the nearby Gillette's Castle and Connecticut River Museum, or top your visit off with our current show. We are open to the public with tours on Saturdays, June through October, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m (last tour leaves at 12:15 p.m.). Just walk in and our trained docents will guide you through the whole experience.
Even better, bring your friends! We can accomodate groups from 5 to 55 and can schedule to meet your needs seven days a week. (Provided that we're clear two hours before a performance. The show must go on!) Make a day of it... Many groups enjoy coming down for a tour in the late morning, lunch at the renowned Gelston House right next door, followed by a matinee of our current production. Altogether a complete theatrical experience.
Tours are hosted by a member of the Goodspeed Guild and are available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (last tour leaves at 12:15 p.m.) the first Saturday of the month from June through October. All tours are open to the public. Reservations are not required.
2018 Tour dates:
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 23, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
Adults: $5, Children under 12: $1, Children under 6: no charge
Goodspeed Members tour for free when they present their current Membership card (this does not apply to groups).
Group tours available by appointment only. Contact to arrange a group tour: Sheila Tomlinson at 860.365.0130.