Valencia to Host Exhibit of ‘Phantasmagoria’ Costumes, Puppets

Orlando – A multi-media art exhibit that brings the spirit of a Victorian-era, Steampunk-influenced Halloween opens at Valencia College’s East Campus on Oct. 3 for a one-week run, concluding Oct. 10.

“The Art and Horror of ‘Phantasmagoria’: Puppetry, Photography, Costumes, Props and Video” will give visitors an inside peek at the magic behind “Phantasmagoria,” a critically-acclaimed stage production that director John DiDonna describes as “a graphic novel come to life.”

Five years ago, “Phantasmagoria” began as an evening of horror stories told by local actors dressed in clothing from the late 1880s. Today, the production has evolved into a sort of Gothic soap opera, with recurring characters who appear year after year.

The exhibit will also include Phantasmagoria-related works by prominent local and international artists, including paintings by Thomas Thorspecken and photographs by Kristen Wheeler and Beaureguarde Von Hoffman.

The exhibit will be on display at Valencia’s Anita S. Wooten Gallery through Oct. 10. The gallery, which is located in Building 3 on Valencia’s East Campus, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

The public can meet the cast, dressed in costume, at an opening night reception, to be held Friday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m.

To see a preview video featuring the cast of this year’s “Phantasmagoria,” click below.

Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. The gallery is located in Building 3.

For more information, please call 407-582-2298.