Scorpius Presents 16th Anniversary Season of A VAMPIRE TALE

Kalli Sparish & Haydehn Tuipulotu, A Vampire Tale; Photo: Angel Castro

Scorpius Dance Theatre will present its annual production of A Vampire Tale Oct. 3–12. Dubbed “The Nutcracker of Halloween,” the popular fall haunt is celebrating its 16th season. Fans won’t want to miss this year’s show, as the performance includes exciting new changes with the arrival of longtime 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 evolves annually to keep fans coming back for more. In the plot line, 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.

The production showcases 17 talented dancers and aerialists. In addition to Tuipulotu and Sparish premiering 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. The production’s original soundtrack is composed by local musician Kristofer Hill.

A Vampire Tale runs for two weekends: Oct. 3–5 at 7:30pm and Oct. 10–12 at 7:30pm. The show is held at The Hardes Theatre at The Phoenix Theatre Company, 100 East McDowell, Road in Phoenix. Tickets start at $25.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call The Phoenix Theatre Company’s box office at 602.254.2151 or visit

Scorpius Dance Theatre Studio Showcase

Scorpius - A Vampire Tale

Scorpius – A Vampire Tale; Photo by Rose Torres

On September 11 at 7:30pm, get up close and personal with Scorpius Dance Theatre at the Studio Showcase to benefit its UK Tour of A Vampire Tale. This fall, Scorpius has been invited back to be a part of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby, England.

The Studio Showcase will be an intimate evening of entertainment:

  • Original dance and aerial arts by Lisa Starry and Scorpius’s new 2015-16 company members
  • Hors d’oeuvres and mixing and mingling with the dancers
  • Amazing raffle items

The Studio Showcase will be held at Metropolitan Arts Institute, the resident home of Scorpius, located at 1700 North 7th Avenue in Phoenix. Tickets are $30 (+service fee). For additional information, visit

REVIEW: Scorpius Dance Theatre’s “A Vampire Tale”

vampire-taleBy Caitlin C. Miller –

The Valley has many events to scare and delight leading up to Halloween, but none are as immortal as Scorpius Dance Theatre’s A Vampire Tale. For 11 years, Lisa Starry’s rhythmic and tantalizing story of what goes bump in the night has held audiences in its thrall. Vampire has been called the “Nutcracker of Halloween” and should be known as one of the greatest annual dance performances in Arizona. It’s more Anne Rice than Stephanie Meyer; these vampires are not your friends, and they don’t have hearts of gold. Like in Interview with the Vampire, the humor is grotesque, and the movement is decadent. Now in a larger theater, the production value has never been better. Featuring a new leading couple, spectacular new aerial pieces and original music by Kristofer Hill, A Vampire Tale is show that cannot be missed.

A Vampire Tale runs through October 11 at Phoenix Theatre. For ticket information, call 602.254.2151 or visit the event website. For information about Scorpius Dance Theatre, visit

Proceed with caution: Vampire features strobe lights, fog effects and loud music.
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