This fall season, from October 3-12, 2019, Scorpius Dance Theatre presents its popular production, A Vampire Tale. Dubbed “’The ‘Nutcracker’ of Halloween,” the yearly haunt is celebrating its 16th annual season. Longtime fans won’t want to miss this year’s show, as the performance includes exciting new changes with the arrival of long-time Scorpius members stepping into the lead roles as King and Queen of the vampires. This is the first time in the show’s history that there has been an entirely new duo performing the lead roles.
According to Choreographer, Lisa Starry, “This year’s production of A Vampire Tale has an imaginative and exciting energy. Our new King, Haydehn Tuipulotu, and Queen, Kalli Sparish, have both been members of Scorpius for over eight years. It’s thrilling to have fresh ideas come to our classic production as they step into our lead roles. Audiences can expect the same high octane, high quality spectacle of Scorpius, and with our new vampire royalty, audiences can also expect several new surprises.”
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.
A Vampire Tale showcases 17 talented dancers and aerialists. Haydehn Tuipulotu and Kalli Sparish premiere in their roles as the King and Queen of Darkness. Longtime Scorpius Dance Theatre dancer, Martha Hernandez, will return for the fourth year in the role of the Innocent. Making a guest appearance for the fourth 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 original soundtrack is composed by local musician, Kristofer Hill.
A Vampire Tale runs for two weekends: October 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and October 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. The show is held at The Hardes Theatre at The Phoenix Theatre Company: 100 E. McDowell, Rd., Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. Tickets start at $25.