A Christmas Carol reimagined by Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria promo shoot, Winter Park, Sunday, Aug. 20. 2017.

In celebration of the 2018 holiday season, Phantasmagoria is proud to present their portrayal of what is perhaps the most well-known and dearly loved ghost story of all time — Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas. 

Phantasmagoria returns to the Athens Theatre stage Wednesday, Dec. 19, following another successful tour of sold-out performances in Orlando, Atlanta, Baltimore, Ocala, DeLand and Eustis. 

This critically acclaimed Victorian performance troupe, which Good Day Atlanta called “one of the most unique theater troupes in the country,” has found a way to make their spooky-niche genre mesh perfectly with the warmth of the holidays. Their signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling brings this famous ghost story to life in a way you have never seen before! 

When A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, it immediately became a Christmas classic, and today (175 years later), it remains a tradition for many people — truly one of the most-beloved ghost stories of the past few centuries — and now Phantasmagoria is giving Central Florida a whole new way to enjoy this immortal story. 

Under the creation, writing and direction of John DiDonna, with co-direction by Seth Kubersky and Kevin G. Becker, choreography by Mila Makarova, fight direction by Bill Warriner, original music and soundscapes by Les Caulfield and Tod Kimbro, lighting by Jerry Klein, costumes by Shelly Henriott, projections by Dana Mott, puppet direction from Rebekah Lane, photography by Chris Bridges, graphics by Ozelle Sabado, and puppetry/props by Darkvale Studios and Halfmoon Creative Works, this production is truly a “Phantasmagorical” way to celebrate the Christmas season! 

Join in the fun, and experience this timeless tale of past, present and future with Phantasmagoria’s stylized adaptation of the classic work A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas. This unique performance is one-night-only at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the historic Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown DeLand. 

All seating is reserved, and tickets are priced at $25 for preferred seating (first five rows center orchestra, and first two rows center balcony) and $20 for all other tickets. VIP packages ($45 for preferred seating and $35 for general seating) include a holiday souvenir, a drink and a post-show performance, and are available only through the box office. A $3-per-ticket processing charge and 6.5-percent sales tax will be added to each purchase. 

To purchase your tickets in advance or find out more specific information, visit the Athens Theatre website at www.AthensDeLand.com or call the box office at 386-736-1500. Box-office hours are 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and one-and-a-half hours before live performances.