Scorpius Dance Theater presents 'A Vampire Tale'

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PHOENIX -- It's known as the "Nutcracker of Halloween." October means that it's time for Scorpius Dance Theatre to bring back A Vampire Tale. The production is in its 11th consecutive season, and it runs through October 11.

The show will be presented in Scorpius' new, larger home venue, Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Theatre. A Vampire Tale intrigues audiences with a variety of entertainment: dark and sexy drama, quirky and comedic episodes, and visually stunning aerial feats.

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 transactions, the girl struggles to avoid becoming part of their underworld when she becomes infatuated with The King Vampire. Viktor, played by Gavin Sisson, is known for being a dark and ominous character that lurks in the shadows.

The dances are captivating, and the aerial and acrobatic feats are out of this world.

"Every year, I like to change up A Vampire Tale so that our regulars are surprised," says Scorpius Dance Theatre's founder and director, Lisa Starry.  "As we start a new decade of this production, I'm excited to present Gavin in this new role."

The production will feature Scorpius' 24 dancers, plus a guest actor. Guaranteed to keep the audience laughing until curtain call, the narrator role of Strange Man will be played by Damon Dering of Nearly Naked Theatre.

Local composer, Kristofer Hill, has created the original soundtrack for A Vampire Tale. Scorpius' much anticipated Vampire boutique will be available at each show, and it features a variety of vampire themed gifts and goodies for any vamp fan.

A Vampire Tale runs for two weekends: October 2-4 at 8 p.m. and October 9-11 at 8 p.m. The show will be performed at Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Theatre: 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85004.

Tickets start at $25 (plus surcharge). Discounts are available for seniors and military. A limited number of VIP Vamp Pass seating is available, which includes guaranteed front area seats, plus a Vampire goodie bag. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 602-254-2151 or visit

About Scorpius Dance Theatre:
Founded in 1999 by Lisa Starry, Scorpius Dance Theatre has become one of Arizona's leading performing arts organizations, consistently awarded by the New Times as the Best Contemporary Dance Company and most recently as the Best Contemporary Dance Collective. Scorpius engages audiences with its uniquely accessible, highly entertaining style of performance art that combines dance, theatre, and aerial movement with theatrics, well-known music, and pop culture themes. Scorpius is recognized internationally for its annual production of A Vampire Tale, which has also been named Best Modern Dance Production.