Phantasmagoria Troupe Tour Bedazzle’s The Macabre-Minded

Phantasmagoria made its way to Eustis, Florida on Saturday night with their “Wickedest Tales Of All” performance and with it came a horror-themed theater troupe as their expressive faces bedazzled the audience by bringing the theater of the mind to the stage. The ensemble troupe brought to life multiple tales of horror and macabre via the works of Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Hindu folklore, and more.

Phantasmagoria in Sanford Monday, March 6, 2017. Photo by C. A. Bridges

Called “One of the most unique theater troupes in the country.” by Good Day Atlanta, Phantasmagoria returns to Fringe with its all new touring show “Wickedest Tales of All” – Haunted Storytelling, Phantastical Dance, explosive stage combat and puppetry all woven into a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror. Featuring works by Poe, Dickens, and tales of legend and folklore, this acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe is sure to chill and thrill all audiences!

Phantasmagoria dress rehearsal, Sunday night, May 14, 2017. Photo by C. A. Bridges

Such titles of the macabre/horror included Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death” which illustrates the inevitability of death, “Madman’s Manuscript” by Dickens which delves into a crazy man’s perspective, the Gammer Gurton’s Garland nursery rhymes , and the aforementioned Hindu piece, “The Churel” which brings forth vengeance via a dead pregnant woman brought back in the form of a demon.

The group is a combination of Victorian-era/Steampunk-themed talent that bring forth beautifully attired period clothing as well. The impressive costumes were by Shelly Henriott.

They performed last month at the well-renowned Orlando Fringe Fest and continue their journey forward to spread their wicked stories and outdoor fiery prowess.

Phantasmagoria, Sunday, April 3, 2017. Photo by C. A. Bridges

The creator, writer, and director of the show is led by John DiDonna and his narrative was engaging as the actions of his cohorts bring to life on-stage what what was written so long ago and imbuing the audience with eerie tales. Co-directors were Kevin G. Becker and Seth Kubersky.

Phantasmagoria is in its 7th year and had gotten its start October of 2010 during the Halloween season at the Empty Spaces Theatre Co.

Their next stops will be at Atlanta Fringe’s 7 Stages in Little Five Points on June 15 – 18, Deland, Florida’s Athens Theater on June 24, Baltimore, Maryland’s Baltimore’s Theatre Project on July 27, and Ocala, Florida’s Reilly Arts Center on Aug. 26 (Ticket Availability TBA). You have the option of bookmarking the Reilly event calendar and keep checking back.

Phantasmagoria in Sanford Monday, March 6, 2017. Photo by C. A. Bridges

If you want to keep tabs on Phantasmagoria’s events, you can find them on Facebook and their own website @

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