This fall season, from October 26 to November 4, 2017, Scorpius Dance Theatre presents its popular production, A Vampire Tale. Dubbed “’The ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween,” the yearly haunt is celebrating a return to its roots at the Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre, the original birthplace of the production. A more intimate venue, Hardes Theatre allows greater interaction with the audience and performers, creating a more engaging experience. Additionally, for the first time in A Vampire Tale’s history, the vampires will rise from their coffins during the day with two special matinee shows.
A Vampire Tale indulges audiences with all the trimmings: dark and sexy drama, quirky and comedic episodes, and visually stunning dance and aerial feats. This popular, sell-out production pre-dates all of the vampire pop-culture and evolves annually to keep fans coming back for more. In the plot line of A Vampire Tale, a young woman is drawn to the dark side and finds herself lured into an assorted band of bloodsuckers. Frightened yet fascinated by their shadowy showmanship and seductive moves, the girl struggles to avoid becoming part of their underworld when she becomes infatuated with the King vampire.
According to Choreographer, Lisa Starry, “We have missed performing at the Hardes Theatre, and we’re looking forward to reliving the early days when the audience felt as if they were part of the production.”
A Vampire Tale showcases 17 talented dancers and aerialists. Returning cast members, Gavin Sisson and Nicole Olson will perform the lead roles as the King and Queen Vampires. Longtime Scorpius Dance Theatre dancer, Martha Hernandez, will return for the second year in the role of the Innocent. Making a guest appearance for the second year in a row, Louis Farber will play the side-splitting narrator role of Strange Man. Farber is a well-known Valley actor and director, as well as the associate artistic director for Stray Cat Theatre. A Vampire Tale’s all-original soundtrack is composed by local musician, Kristofer Hill.
A Vampire Tale runs for two weekends: October 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m., October 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., November 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show is held at Phoenix Theatre’s Hardes Theatre: 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. Tickets start at $25 (plus surcharge). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 602-254-2151 or visit www.scorpiusdance.com.