THE Grand Opera House, York, is to play host to a series of interactive events at the 2019 York Residents Festival on Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

In the stalls bar, visitors can have a go at creating their own lighting experience and experiment with sound controls as someone sings loud and proud. "Is The Greatest Show, from The Greatest Showman, your current song of choice? Show us what you can do!" says general manager Rachel Lane.

On stage, there will be smoke machine demonstrations and lighting displays; in the foyer bar, video reels will be shown while visitors enjoy a cup of tea or something stronger to warm them up on the cold weekend.

In the auditorium: staff will be on hand to take questions from those wanting to know more about the history of the Cumberland Street theatre or what shows are coming up? "Our staff are very knowledgeable and will endeavour to answer any question for you," says Rachel.

The box office will be open from 11am to 4pm to take bookings for upcoming shows. "Buy on the day and selected shows will have an extra discount," says Rachel.

Visitors can venture above the stage, to the fly floor, to see how scenery is brought in during shows and how the theatre hangs the lighting. "This is your chance to see the stage from a completely new angle," says Rachel.

Entry to Saturday's Residents Festival event is free for all.