This Dickens by Candlelight rehearsal took place at a gorgeous home in Belle Isle Florida. I almost wanted to sketch outside because large illuminated candy canes lined the walkway to the front door and every eave was lined with icicle lights. Only white lights illuminated the house which made the place feel like a refined crystal palace bed and breakfast.
Having been performed since 1997 at locations such as the the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe, the Dr. Phillips Victorian Mansion, the Whispering Heaven Tea Room, and in private homes, it is once again returning to the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida. The interactive show providing theater-goers with a delightfully unique opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol the way it was intended to be told: as a Ghost Story.
The tale cleverly envelops the audience as the characters move through and around the guests who are seated at treat-laden tables. John DiDonna, Morgan Russell, and Monica Long Tamborello, three talented Orlando actors, portray all of the roles and artfully transform themselves from character to character and stave to stave. Seeing the tale told in a private home was perfect. John as the giddy transformed Scrooge hugged my bald head in delight. Since the show is small and intimate, you will find yourself very much a part of the story.
The best way to witness visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is while enjoying homemade cookies and a pot of freshly-brewed hot tea. The cast and crew is often available before the show for a steaming cup of wassail and caroling. Opening Night this year includes a full dinner before the show. For tickets or more information, call 407-222-7669; or click DickensbyCandlelight@gmail.com to send an email request. To order by credit card, check out Orlando at Play.
Shows are December 11 - December 22.
SPECIAL OPENING NIGHT MEAL AND PERFORMANCE
Fri, December 11
Crachit Christmas Feast begins at 6:45 pm
Performance begins at 8:00 pm
TRADITIONAL DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT PERFORMANCES
Sat, December 12, 8:00 pm
Sun, December 13, 2:30pm
Sun, December 13, 2:30pm
Fri, December 18, 8:00 pm
Sat, December 19, 4:00 & 8:00 pm
Sun, December 20, 2:30 pm
Mon, December 21, 8:00 pm
Tue, December 22, 8:00 pm
All tickets for Traditional Performances $35
Group rates available
No refunds or exchanges
All performances at the
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
in the Patron’s Room
at Loch Haven Park
812 East Rollins Street