Phantasmagoria Orlando/DiDonna Productions is proud to present the eighth ALL ORIGINAL installment in their Critically Acclaimed “Whimsically Macabre” Halloween Celebrations (Photos: Chris Bridges)


“The Chains of Fire”

Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” by Good Day Atlanta, and direct from its successful sold out performances in Orlando, Atlanta, Baltimore, Ocala, Deland and Eustis with its third touring show, Phantasmagoria is proud to be presenting their next main stage installment of this long running series PHANTASMAGORIA VIII “The Chains of Fire” to celebrate the 2017 Halloween Season and its eighth year in Central Florida!

With the ongoing critically acclaimed success of the past seven year’s installments – as well as special events and appearances throughout the year– the brand new PHANTASMAGORIA VIII thunders on to the Mandell Stage at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center with all new stories of terror! Live performers, “Phantastical” dance, explosive stage combat, large scale puppetry, aerial performance and haunting storytelling combine to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror! 

Join Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus as they embark on their newest and perhaps darkest journeys yet through literary tales of terror, and horrific folk stories, legends, and myths. Enter with us into dark tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Charlotte Perkins Gilman among many others – all to set the tone for a truly Phantasmagorical Halloween season!

This year Phantasmagoria also shakes up our Special VIP Experience! The VIP show will occur BEFORE the main stage show on select nights only (Fri/Sat nights and Halloween) as we introduce our “Phantasticaly Phantabulous Sideshow Extravaganza!” Specialty acts, special guests, and appearances by members of the Phantasmagoria troupe weave together to start the evening off in the best and darkest of ways! This year all VIP seating can be RESERVED (for the first time) upon coming to the door to ensure prime seating for all our VIP guests. At the end of the show, the VIP audience member will also be treated to a final encore especially designed for them! VIP also includes a glass of wine or soft drink, a take home gift and more!

Under the creation, writing and direction of John DiDonna, with co-direction by Seth Kubersky, and Kevin G. Becker, the choreography of Mila Makarova, Serafina Schiano and others, fight direction by Bill Warriner, all new original music and soundscapes by Les Caulfield and Tod Kimbro, lighting by Jerry Klein, costumes by Shelly Henriott, projections by Dana Mott, and with photography by Chris Bridges, Graphics by Ozelle Sabado, and puppetry/props by Darkvale Studios and Halfmoon Creative Works this new installment presents us with a truly “Phantasmagorical” way to spend a macabre, whimsical, and terrifying Halloween!

In addition to our main stage production, Phantasmagoria will be high profile this whole season well into November with ongoing events and appearances so look for us throughout the year!

Information and Ticketing can be found beginning in September on our website at or on our facebook page

WHO: Phantasmagoria/DiDonna Productions

WHAT: Phantasmagoria VIII “The Chains of Fire”

WHEN: Oct 13th – Nov 4th 2017

All evening performances at 8:00pm (Box opens at 7:00pm/VIP Show experience at 7:20 / VIP Theater Entrance at 7:50 followed by General Admission seating)

Oct 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27. 28. 29. 30. 31, Nov 3, 4

Special MONDAY Performance on October 30th @ 9:00pm only

NOTE: VIP Show Experience only available Friday/Saturday nights and


General Admission and Student/Senior/Military available on all nights.

WHERE: The Mandell Theatre, John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center

Loch Haven Park, Orlando, FL

PARKING: Lot on site, additional lots and street parking in close proximity

TICKETS: Student/Senior/Military Admission – $15.00 / General admission – $25.00

Student/Senior/Military VIP Admission – $30.00 / General VIP Admission – $40.00

(VIP Admission includes Pre Reserved Seating, VIP SideShow performance, wine

or soft drink, a take home surprise, and more! – Available only Friday/Saturday and Halloween nights)


WILL CALL/CASH ONLY AT DOOR reserve by calling our hotline at 407-476-5121

(Leave name/number/date of performance and number in party – you will be called back only if there is a problem with your reservation)


For further information contact our box office email:



Join Phantasmagoria at these upcoming Central Florida Events!


September 12th: Best of Sanford Awards, Wayne Densch PACenter, Sanford, FL

September 23rd: Florida Blog Con, Private Performance 9am

September 23rd: St Juan’s Pirate Festival, 8pm – 9:30pm, Sanford, FL

September 30th: Performance at Orlando Weekly’s Artlando – 8:30pm


October 5th: Orlando Museum of Art Goth Night – 6pm – 8pm

October 6th: Private Performance at the Orlando Science Center

October 7th: Appearance at Spirits in Sanford, Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery

October 13th – November 4th: Phantasmagoria VIII “The Chains of Fire”

Mainstage Show at Lowndes Shakespeare Center

October 14th/21st: Lake Mary Museum – Lake Mary, FL

October 15th: Appearance at the Orange County Library, Downtown Branch – 2:00pm

October 19th: Special Performance at City Arts Factory Dia de los Muertes – 6:30pm

October 21st/22nd: Steampunk Industrial Show – Mount Dora, FL

October 21st: Creative City Project Immerse 10:30pm at the SunTrust Stage.

October 22nd: Orlando Weekly Zombie Ball, Orlando, FL

October 30th: Performance with Orlando Fringe, Margesson Theater, Lowndes Shakespeare Center

(NOTE: Additional Halloween Season and November appearances TBD)


December 2nd: Appearance at Renningers Christmas

Premiere of Phantasmagoria’s “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” – original

adaptation and re-invention – Lowndes Shakespeare Center and multiple locations.

December 15th, 16th, 17th: Lowndes Shakespeare Center

December 21: Athens Theater in Deland, FL

December 22nd: Historic State Theatre in Eustis, FL

December 23rd: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Sanford, FL



Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Sanford, FL

JANUARY 8th, 4-7pm: Belly Dance with Serafina Schiano

JANUARY 15th, 4-7pm: Ensemble Movement with John/Dion DiDonna

JANUARY 22nd, 4-7pm: Stage Combat with Bill Warriner

JANUARY 27th, 28th: Steampunk Industrial Days, Renningers, Mt Dora, FL

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