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Celebrate Halloween With Frighteningly-Fantastic Shows At Dr. Phillips Center This Spooky Season

There's nowhere quite like Orlando to celebrate Halloween, from the family friendly events for the kids at Magic Kingdom and SeaWorld Orlando, to the best scare attractions in the country at Halloween Horror Nights and Scream-A-Geddon.

And now to celebrate Halloween, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is offering something very unique to celebrate the spooky season here in Orlando, four very special and frighteningly-fantastic shows, including theater, ballet and opera performances, guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando


On October 15 and 16, Ballet Tessera‘s adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic 1820 tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, will have guests holding on to their heads as they experience America’s first bone-chilling ghost story.

This supernatural tale of seduction, manipulation, suspense and superstition follows an unsuspecting hero as he faces treacherous witches, confronts his forbidden love and, of course, the deadly Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

Ballet Tessera‘s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


Orlando Ballet resurrects one of the most classic Halloween horror stories that might have guests stopping to buy garlic on their way home. From October 20 to 23, pulse-quickening theatrics will take center stage in this heart-pounding story of seduction and sacrifice, Michael Pink’s Dracula, the gothic horror story based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel.

Dracula’s eerie world is brought to spine-tingling life with expressive movement, thrilling music, dramatic setting, lighting and romantic costuming.

Orlando Ballet Dracula Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando


Opera del Sol invites guests to a night(mare) at the opera on October 28 and 29 to experience an adaptation of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel is more grim than Grimm and more creepy than classic.

This twist to the beloved classic results in a horrifying tale that will leave guests wondering if everyone lives “happily ever after” after all.

Opera Del Sol Hansel and Gretel


Opera Orlando‘s performances of The Magic Flute on October 28 and 30 will prove that the Halloween season is not just spooky but also magical.

This enchanting and whimsical fairy tale about gods and heroes will transport guests to a mythical realm where a prince is pursued by a terrifying dragon, rescued by three ominous women and tasked with rescuing the daughter of an awe-inspiring sorceress from the clutches of an “evil” high priest.

The story follows the prince on a hero’s journey through a treacherous brave new world, accompanied by a new friend, a magic flute and magic bells.

The show, sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles, combines opera, music, dance and puppetry to tell this fantastical tale.

The story unfolds in frames like an anime adventure manga (Japanese-style graphic novel); therefore, Opera Orlando encourages guests to take part in the concept by dressing in cosplay costumes (omitting masks as they are not allowed in the arts center).

Opera Orland The Magic Flute


For more information on the world-class Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the wonderful shows and events it offers, visit

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando


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