Phantasmagoria Promises “All New Tales of Terror” in October Shows
Photo: Chris Bridges
Monday, October 4, 2021
With Halloween approaching, Phantasmagoria has a full slate of performances scheduled for October in Central Florida and points beyond, including a new full-length stage show dubbed Phantasmagoria XII: “Dark Carnival.”
The “Victorian/Steampunk Storytelling Troupe,” as they describe themselves, promise “all new tales of terror” with dance, stage combat, “danger arts,” puppetry, and projections, drawing from Penny Dreadfuls, ancient mythology, French vampire tales, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher,” and more.
Five performances are scheduled:
• Oct. 7 and 8 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando;
• Oct. 22 and 23 at the Athens Theatre in DeLand, Florida; and
• Oct. 29 at the Tampa Theatre in Tampa.
The troupe is also slated to appear Oct. 16-17 at the Steampunk & Industrial Show at Renninger’s Florida Twin Markets, 20651 US-441 in Mount Dora, Florida.
And on Thursday, Oct. 21, they’ll perform at the Dia de los Muertos and Monster Party, a themed art exhibition and block party at CityArts, 39 S. Magnolia Avenue in Orlando.
Georgia Coastal Railway Ghost Train
Members of the troupe will also entertain passengers aboard the Georgia Coastal Railway each Saturday through Oct. 30. The Georgia Railway Ghost Trains depart from St. Marys, Georgia for 75-minute train rides. The town is in the southeast corner of the state, about 40 miles north of Jacksonville.
Two rides are scheduled for each day, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Due to the horror elements, the show is not recommended for kids under 8.
The railway is also planning three other themed rides in October: “Meet the Monsters,” “Paranormal Circus,” and “Survivor Train.” The latter features a zombie theme. “Meet the Monsters” is billed as a family-friendly ride suitable for kids of all ages. “Paranormal Circus” and “Survivor Train” are “not recommended for children or anyone faint of heart.”
Gateway Arch Cruises
As the Orlando troupe performs in Florida and Georgia, Phantasmagoria St. Louis will present the Gateway Arch Riverboat Ghost Cruise, an evening of “terrifying tales from literature, haunted mythologies, and ghostly local lore” aboard a Mississippi riverboat.
Cruises are scheduled for each weekend from Oct. 9 to Oct. 24. Tickets cost $29. Advance reservations are required.
This weekend, the cruises are set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10. Cruises for the following two weekends will happen on Friday and Sunday. Most cruises depart at 9 p.m., the exceptions being the Sunday cruises on Oct. 17 and 24, which depart at 7 p.m. Cruises run for 90 minutes and board 30 minutes before departure time.
Phantasmagoria St. Louis is a separate troupe affiliated with the one in Orlando.
Learn more about these shows on the Phantasmagoria website.