Music and a Magic Lantern!


prepare to be amazed!
Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show
Garfield Center for the Arts
210 High Street
Free

Performances: 11 am; 1 pm;  2:30 pm

Travel back in time with the boisterous fun of America’s only Victorian magic-lantern show. An authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen—the kind of show that led to the movies! Christmas stories like Scrooge, The Little Match Girl, and The Night Before Christmas; animated comedy; and carols—all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist. The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects, and joining in chants and sing-along carols.  For 25 years, The American Magic-Lantern Theater has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Singapore.

“Remarkable . . . You’ll be enthralled,” says The Family Adventure Guide to Connecticut. But National Public Radio says it best: “It’s an incredible experience . . . Don’t miss them. They’re a living national treasure!” For adults and children 5+.

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