Explore the War Memorial Opera House through the lens of a Master Electrician

Who’s it For?

Anyone who’s ever wondered about what happens backstage


General Public: $50 


March 5


War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

Join Dennis Hudson, former SF Ballet master electrician, on a tour of the War Memorial Opera House, a 1932 Beaux-Arts building designed by Arthur Brown. Go behind the scenes to learn about the unique technical and structural elements of the building and see all the secret ins-and-outs as part of this special once-a-year event.


  • Stand over the grand chandelier and imagine what it would be like to change a light bulb with the auditorium far below
  • See political graffiti from the 1940’s and get a sense of what the backstage crew may have been thinking
  • Learn about the shape of the auditorium and why the best place to hear the orchestra is in the balcony standing room


*Please note that this tour is physically strenuous. Participants will be required to sign a waiver before participating. Participants are also required to wear appropriate shoes and should expect 2+ hours of standing and walking, including up and down dark narrow staircases.

Please note: we do not offer refunds and all programs are subject to cancellation in the event there is not adequate enrollment. All programs are subject to change. The information, views, and opinions expressed at all audience engagement programs are strictly those of the participants and do not necessarily represent or imply any official position of San Francisco Ballet Association.

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415 865 6583